Friends, we need your voice! We just got back from DC where we met with members of Congress -- urging them to take action on climate change. Climate change is already leading to great losses of food and agricultural resources in many regions of the world. If not urgently addressed, climate change will put millions more people at risk of increased hunger, disease and disasters.
As important as it is to remember that we care about climate change because it threatens the poor, we also care about climate change because we care for all creation. Our theology is bankrupt if it has no imperative to protect the planet's vulnerable species, land, and water resources.
Micah Challenge is in DC this week!
We are so excited about this, and here’s why – in 2009, Micah Challenge released the Declaration of Creation Stewardship and Climate Change. We came to this issue not as environmentalists, but as followers of Jesus committed to ending extreme poverty.
Friends, Now is the time to Shine a Light on Corruption!
For nearly two years, Micah Challenge worked to ensure that some really good rules to fight corruption would become law. The vehicle for this was a set of rules attached to Section 1504 of the Dodd Frank Act. The rules require companies in extractive industries (oil, gas, minerals, mining) to disclose payments made to foreign governments.
The rules would create the transparency needed to expose corruption in some of the most resources rich yet poorest nations in the world. Now is the time to shine a light on corruption related to natural resource extraction, and allow the immense revenue from natural resources to be spent fighting extreme poverty, rather than be pocketed!
As I reflect on the successes, failures, celebrations, and laments from the past year I keep coming back to three things I believe to be true:
- There will always be people in power who do not see or choose not to see the needs of the most vulnerable in our world, who choose the path of oppression knowingly or unknowingly, and who perpetuate injustice in our world.
- God's people will always be those who stand against injustice; who pray with their feet, hands, and hearts "on earth as it is in heaven"...
- Our hope is not in our leaders, our ability to impact the world or in anything other than Jesus. We rest in his power, his peace, and his love to transform this world.
I’m not known for my ability to party. Let’s be honest I am generally unenthusiastic, sort of like Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh--I’m not a pessimist, but I am a realist and the world is a messed up place. I tend to carry the burdens of injustice with me like a twenty pound chain--hard to ignore the weight even at the happiest of times.