Climate Change Resources

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:

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
    http://www.energyinnovationact.org/
  • 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:

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: