Happy New Year! As you look ahead at a brand new year of faithful climate action, we invite you to take a look back at some of what we accomplished together in 2018.
Resisted Rollbacks and Promoted Progress
2018 saw both backsliding and progress on climate change. Through it all, thousands of you raised your voice to call for faithful, just, and compassionate action that honors God and centers our vulnerable neighbors. You:
- Spoke out against a hasty repeal of the Clean Power Plan without a clear replacement
- Called on the EPA to protect strong methane standards
- Urged your legislators to enact evidence-based legislation in line with a 1.5 degree C warming limit
- Affirmed the findings of the Fourth National Climate Assessment and demanded requisite solutions
- Welcomed bipartisan climate policy solutions like the Energy Innovation and Dividend Act
Took Our Message on the Road
We continued to bring our message of hopeful, gospel-rooted action to campuses, conferences, and communities across the country:
Campuses: 11 campus visits, including Wheaton College, Gordon College, and Lancaster Bible College.
Conferences: 8 conferences and events, including Urbana 18 and the 2018 Day of Prayer for Climate Action.
Features and Op-Eds
We keep getting the word out about our movement in national publications. Here are some of our favorites from 2018:
- NBC News: The Gospel of Climate Change
- The Takeaway (NPR): Little Mention of Climate Change in Midterm Ads, But it Matters to Millennials
- U.S. News and World Report: On Climate, Sharp Generational Divide Within GOP
- InsideClimate News: Generation Climate: Can Young Evangelicals Change the Climate Debate?
- The Weather Channel: Millennial Evangelicals Want to Shift How Christians Think About Climate Change
- NationSwell: Can Religion Save the Environment?
- Daily Herald: What the 6th District race can teach vulnerable Republicans on climate change
- Relevant: Meet the Christian College Students Fighting Climate Change
- Christian Post: Young evangelicals want climate action; Republicans should pay attention
- Relevant: Stopping Climate Change Is a Part of Following Jesus
Old and New Fellows Cohorts
We said goodbye in 2018 to our 2017-18 Climate Leadership Fellows. From starting student groups on campus to driving change in their churches to erecting solar panels on campus, these young leaders made an enormous impact in their communities for tangible climate action. You can read about their projects in more detail here!
Even as we said goodbye to Nicola, Mykal, Melody, and Christine, we said hello to seven new student leaders as we welcomed our 2018-19 Fellows cohort. You can read more about each of them on our Fellows web page.
All told, you helped train and support 11 emerging climate leaders in 2018 who will lead the church into deeper climate faithfulness for decades to come!
If this look back at 2018 has encouraged you as much as it encourages us, we invite you to consider becoming a financial partner in the work ahead for 2019.
If you are already a financial partner, thank you! If not, why not become one today and join the movement that’s revitalizing the church and renewing God’s creation?