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Climate change


God created the earth, and it is sacred. As Psalm 24:1 proclaims, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it.” Therefore we are called to stewardship of the earth. When we work to protect creation, we are answering God’s call to till and keep the garden (Genesis 2:15). In the face of deepening ecological crises caused by the earth’s warming, our call to act as earth’s caretakers takes on more meaning. Our efforts will curtail the shrinking of sacred waters, the endangerment of living creatures of every kind, and the vulnerability of our brothers and sisters in developing countries.

The Union of Concerned Scientists has identified food, transportation, and energy as the three key personal areas that need action to help stem climate change. Browse the tabs across the top of this page to find links to learn more about these issues, get ideas on how to take action, and access theological reflections below in order to help your congregation care for God’s creation.

RECENT resources and ways to take action on climate on our blog! 

View and share this new 2019 video from PC(USA) on our call to care for God’s creation especially in a time of climate change. 

To guide us in our efforts to be God’s faithful stewards in fulfilling the Matthew 25 vision, the Presbyterian Church (USA) is committed to act on climate change partnering with Blessed Tomorrow, a program by people of faith for people of faith, to provide tools and resources to support congregations.

Food issues

Eating local food, organic or sustainable food, and less meat are all ways your food choices can help to curb climate change.


public-transportation-400pxPersonal actions to reduce the climate impact of your transportation include: driving less, driving a fuel efficient vehicle, purchasing carbon offsets, and encouraging fuel efficiency standards.


energy-efficient-lightbulb-400pxClimate change continues to accelerate as we consume vast amounts of energy, personally and corporately. There are myriad ways to reduce energy including changing to fuel efficient lighting and appliances and using better thermostats and natural heating/cooling techniques.

An illustration of Earth as a cracked egg

Personal Lifestyle Changes and Advocacy

  • Personal consumption of commercial products, purchasing choices (including our investments), and our willingness to do public policy advocacy locally and in connection to brothers and sisters around the world, are all vital ways to engage in climate change action.

Presbyterian Church policies on environmental issues