Friends, we need your voice! Last week President Trump announced that he will withdraw the US from the Paris Climate Accord. We are disappointed that our President won't lead on climate action, but have not lost hope! Now is the time to say to:
To the struggling farmer who has lost crops to drought--we believe you and we will take action on climate.
To the refugee who lost their home and land to disaster -- we believe you and we will take action on climate.
To the family whose water has been contaminated by flooding -- we believe you and we will take action on climate.
Here's what you can do
Spread the word
Last year we released a film about our time at the Paris Climate summit with worship leaders John Mark McMillan, William Matthews, Sarah McMillan and Stephen Roach. We met with politicians, religious leaders and scientists to try and understand just what is at stake with climate change. Watch and share the film if your community is NEW to climate justice.
Even though the President is out of the Paris Agreement, it doesn't mean our nation has to be! We have an opportunity to build political will with members of Congress to take action on climate, and even re-join the Paris Agreement as a formal binding treaty. Make simple call today to your member of Congress to invite them to take action on climate.
It's very simple--call your member of Congress by putting your Zip code into the form below. Whether you get the answering machine or a person answering the phone leave a simple yet clear message -- Talking points are in the form below.
If your member is already a part of the caucus (Check here) then just take time to thank them and let them know how important the issue is to you.
Our friends Jonathan Martin, Science Mike, William Matthews, Michael Gungor and Katelyn Beaty even volunteered to show how easy it is to make the call!
Wanna Go a Step Further? Meet with your member of Congress in August!
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.