We are young evangelicals in the United States who are coming together and taking action to overcome the climate crisis as part of our Christian discipleship and witness.
Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (Y.E.C.A.) was founded by a core group of evangelical students and young professionals at a planning retreat convened by the Evangelical Environmental Network in Washington, DC, on February 3, 2012.
We quickly grew into a national initiative with activists and supporters across the United States. In sharing our personal stories of life, faith, and social concern, we have come to realize the interconnectedness of our past, the urgency of this current moment, and our calling to secure our future from the ever-worsening impacts of global warming.
In April 2012, we launched our social media presence and were honored to participate in EEN’s Global Day of Prayer for Creation Care and the Poor, where we met with key evangelical leaders, theologians, and relief and development practitioners. We also introduced ourselves to senior staff at the White House and leaders from the major environmental organizations.
Y.E.C.A. is directed by a steering committee of young evangelicals under the leadership of Ben Lowe, our National Organizer/Spokesperson, and with the guidance of the Rev. Dr. Jim Ball, our Senior Advisor.
Young Evangelicals for Climate Action is both community-oriented and action-focused. We’re about coming together to unite our voices and act collectively to make a greater difference than what we would make on our own. Our diverse and creative actions are focused on three overarching goals integral to overcoming the climate crisis:
- Mobilizing our generation of evangelicals to act and advocate together. We are building a movement of young evangelicals to overcome the adverse impacts of climate change and pursue sustainable lives that reduce our own carbon impact.
- Influencing our senior evangelical leaders to set an example and support climate action. We are reaching out to our faith leaders and churches in an effort to cultivate real change in perceptions and lifestyles within our own faith community. We support our evangelical leaders who take action on the climate crisis and hold accountable those leaders who continue to oppose our efforts.
- Holding our political leaders accountable to enact responsible and comprehensive climate policies. We advocate for meaningful policy change at the national and international levels. We support our political leaders when they take courageous and responsible steps to overcome the climate crisis.