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YECA Fellows gear up for upcoming year

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Held in conjunction with last weekend's Steering Committee retreat was a training for our 2014-15 Climate Leadership Fellows and Regional Organizers. In addition to presentations from Evangelical Environmental Network/YECA staff and other creation care leaders, the training included workshops where the Fellows could develop strategic plans for engaging their college campus and … [Read more...]

Introducing YECA’s 2014 – 15 Climate Leadership Fellows

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For the 2014 - 15 academic year, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action will welcome our inaugural cohort of Climate Leadership Fellows. The Fellowship is a selective program for college students that begins with a training retreat in August and runs until April. The Fellowship aims to train and equip new Christian leaders who promote a biblical understanding of and response to … [Read more...]

YECA’s Climate Leadership Fellows Program partners with the Université Chrétienne Bilingue De Congo

Written on the walls of many campus buildings at the Université Chrétienne Bilingue De Congo (UCBC) is the phrase “Being transformed to transform.” This statement captures so well the ingenuity, vision, passion and service to Christ that Ben Lowe and I witnessed across the entire campus community during our recent trip to the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As part of a … [Read more...]

Historic “Clean Power Plan” Announced: What America Is Doing and What YECA Already Did

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Today, Administrator Gina McCarthy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the proposed Clean Power Plan for existing power plants. Less than a year after President Barack Obama promised cuts in domestic carbon as part of his Climate Action Plan, the reduction standards released today are aguably the Obama Administration's most significant climate action to … [Read more...]

“Day of Prayer for Climate Action 2014″ makes headlines nationwide

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Learn more, view full-screen to see captions During the week of March 31 - April 6, hundreds of Christians from across the United States came together as part of the Day of Prayer for Climate Action. There were prayer events at over twenty colleges, churches and organizations. The focal point of all these events was a press conference and prayer service at the Christian … [Read more...]

Faith-based leaders talk climate change at the White House

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WASHINGTON, DC -- On February 25, faith-based and community leaders from around the country gathered for a White House sponsored event addressing environmental stewardship and climate change. Steering Committee members Rachel Lamb and Drew Robinson represented YECA. Senior administration officials from the White House and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) were in … [Read more...]

Announcing Climate Prayer U.S.

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We're excited to launch our latest YECA initiative, Climate Prayer U.S., with the revealing of a new website (ClimatePrayerUS.org) and accompanying Twitter feed (@ClimatePrayerUS). Climate Prayer U.S. is designed to resource Americans who, prompted by the Holy Spirit and in the name of Jesus Christ, desire to pray for those being impacted by climate disruption and those who … [Read more...]

“Climate change is a fact” — a young evangelical response to the 2014 State of the Union

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  At the President’s State of the Union Address Tuesday night, the topic of climate change was brought into the limelight. With 97% of climate scientists recognizing anthropogenic climate change, we should be past the point when the leader of the free world feels compelled to state succinctly, “Climate change is a fact.” However, inconceivably the number of Americans … [Read more...]

Seeking Justice for the Least of These at COP19

Inside the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland. Photo credit Piotr Drabik, used under a Creative Commons license.

Guest author: Wendi Bevins -- I recently participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP19), which took place in Warsaw, Poland, in November 2013. The annual negotiations provide a place for over 190 countries to participate in two-week long negotiating sessions to address climate change. Right now, countries are … [Read more...]

Representing Y.E.C.A. to our nation’s top policymakers

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What does it mean to share Y.E.C.A.’s mission with the nation’s top policymakers? And, what does it look like to both embody a vision for a transformed future and articulate a passion for change fueled by the very tenets of the Christian faith? This past week, I sought to answer these questions while representing Y.E.C.A. at two meetings with senior officials in the Obama … [Read more...]