In 2016, all 6 agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) presented a Collaborative Agenda for Environmental Stewardship. In 2017, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) responded to public policy decisions from the federal government including proposed cuts to EPA, NOAA, methane regulations, public land protections, and clean water. In 2018, the PC(USA) General Assembly yet again approved many climate and environmental overtures. Also in 2018, PC(USA) started a partnership with Blessed Tomorrow to provide fresh resources on climate change for Presbyterians (check the Blessed Tomorrow page on the PHP web site for these resources).
PRINT RESOURCES TO LEARN ABOUT CLIMATE:
- 2019 Lent Calendar encourages low-carbon activities
- Climate and Food poster
- Climate and Water poster
- Climate and Disasters poster
- ecumenical resources on climate
- 15 Steps to talking about climate
- Let’s Talk: Faith and Climate guide
PERSONAL ACTION STEPS ON CLIMATE:
- Urge your members of Congress to support legislation which embodies Carbon Pricing as adopted by the 223 General Assembly. Read more background at our carbon pricing page. The bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is one current piece of legislation that needs support
- Commit yourself to personal climate justice actions, such as: choose climate-friendly transportation, eat a plant-based diet or grow your own food, plant a tree or restore a wetland, reduce your energy use (lightbulbs, insulation air dry clothes), reduce waste (recycle, compost, refuse to buy), purchase renewable energy, purchase carbon offsets, talk about climate change to friends, and so much more! Follow just, sustainable practices in your own lifestyle at: Enough for Everyone/Just Living.
- Examine environmental justice concerns in your own zip code
- Advocate for faithful public policy on environmental concerns: capwiz.com/pcusa
- Keep connected to Joining Hands campaigns on extractives and climate in Peru
- Learn more about grassroots Presbyterian Fossil Free PC(USA) movement
- Learn more about socially responsible corporate engagement efforts with oil and gas companies through the elected MRTI committee of the denomination
- Embrace your Power as a Shareholder. Do you hold investments in companies through stocks? This resource will help you leverage your power as an investor: Activating your Power as a Shareholder
- Follow international proceedings around climate! PCUSA has been represented at all the United Nations climate talks since their inception, with one exception. In December 2015, PC(USA) representatives were observers at the UNFCCC COP 21 to witness the historic Paris Agreement.
CONGREGATION/COMMUNITY ACTION STEPS ON CLIMATE:
- Encourage your church to become a PCUSA certified Earth Care Congregation (or just use the internal audit to get some great ideas!)
- Study the The Power to Change: U.S. Energy Policy and Global Warming (PC(USA) policy)
- Use the Guide to Going Carbon Neutral (PC(USA)) or examine other carbon neutral tips on-line
- Learn about other congregations’ projects to install solar panels
- Invest in Environmental Investments with the Presbyterian Foundation
- Consider a loan for energy efficiency upgrades with the Presbyterian Investment and Loan Program’s Restoring Creation loan.
- Purchase renewable energy through your local utility if available
- Switch our light bulbs for LEDs
- Host an energy audit and implement suggested changes
- Does your congregation invest in companies? Each year MRTI reviews shareholder resolutions that concern environmental and social issues related to business operations and policies. MRTI makes recommendations for Presbyterian shareholders based on the mission goals and policies of the General Assembly. You can find those recommendations here: Download 2017 Proxy Recommendations. Staff can also provide sample faith-based investing policies used by Presbyterian churches around the country. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Read from international mission partners how Climate Change Exacerbates the Impacts of Extractive Industries in Peru (article, JusticeUnbound)
- Connect with the Presbyterian Hunger Program’s environmental work
Presbyterian Trip to Examine Climate Change in Peru (2014):
In December 2014, the Presbyterian Hunger Program hosted a reflection-action trip in Lima, Peru with our Joining Hands partner networks in Peru and Bolivia, learning, marching, and observing how climate change and environmental degradation affect our brothers and sisters around the globe, even as the major leaders of the world gathered in Lima for the United Nations’ Conference on the Parties (COP-20). Here are some compiled trip blogs and resources:
- Presbyterians Learning in Lima (posted December 5, 2014)
- Trip Reflection from Colleen Earp (posted December 10, 2014)
- Glacier! by Colleen Earp (posted December 10, 2014)
- The Hard Work of Justice (posted December 15, 2014)
- What Leads to Change? (posted December 18, 2014)
- Blog posts from Trisha Tull at “Inhabiting Eden” (Dec 22, 2014 and more)
- More information on La Oroya, “From Short-term Mission to Global Discipleship: A Peruvian Case Study” (by Hunter Farrell)
- PDF of a PowerPoint Presentation on the trip by Rebecca Barnes: Click here
- Climate of Conflict in Peru reflection by Sue Smith, includes link to great slideshow!
- People For Our Planet, photo/story blog
- Reflection-Action trip 2014 participants and global partners’ Statement on Climate Justice
- Video of the Peru trip, from Joe Tobiason, Music: www.bensound.com