This summer I had the opportunity through CSCS to work at the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) office in Washington, D.C. as a Climate Advocacy Intern. Much of my work was focused on advocating for mining reform laws. This may not seem like a top priority in the climate advocacy realm, but after weeks of researching, attending working group meetings, and sitting in on advocacy visits in congressional offices, I understand the importance of this piece of climate work.
In early August, CSCS (soon to be incorporated as a new organization, the Anabaptist Climate Collaborative) invited ten Mennonite institutions in the US and Canada to join together at Eastern Mennonite University for an intensive three days of figuratively and literally walking together in a time of reflecting on our commitments to taking care of the planet and all its inhabitants. Twenty students and faculty from six institutions were able to join together for a variety of activities.
I’m Jackson, a senior, film-production major at Goshen College and I am the summer videography intern for the CSCS. We’re working on a church curriculum that teaches how faith communities can be involved in mitigating climate change and becoming stewards of the Earth. I get to produce the video content for this project.