This resource is one response to the question, “What can I do about climate change?” Although the type of climate action being discussed here — political advocacy for climate change — is new to many people, it can be uniquely empowering work.
As we think about addressing the climate crisis, we know that we have a toolbelt full of solutions to this global issue at our disposal. No one tool will be enough to fully address the climate crisis. However, one important tool that many of us overlook is advocacy to policymakers, the people who make decisions every day about how we as a country respond to the climate crisis.
This resource is a guide to help concerned church members begin talking about advocacy for climate solutions, and to equip them with the resources to advocate effectively.
The following resources are included:
- Why climate advocacy? An introductory reading on climate advocacy, which can be read and shared in small groups, Sunday School classes, and church communities.
- What you can do. A collection of actionable steps that church groups can take to engage in advocacy.
- Faithful Advocacy for a Changing Climate: A Discussion Guide. A resource for discussion in small groups.
- Connections to the groups doing advocacy in your community and the information you need to engage with your elected officials.
- An analysis of a survey of Anabaptist congregations across the United States, assessing their relationships with climate advocacy.
We hope that these resources give congregations the tools they need to feel confident advocating for climate justice. This work is urgent, necessary, and uniquely suited to the skills churches already have.
About the author of this resource
Clara Weybright is one of the 2020-2021 CSCS Climate Futures Fellows. She graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a degree in Environmental Sustainability and has always had a special interest in climate and environmental policy. This year, she is based in Washington, D.C., where she works closely with Mennonite Central Committee’s advocacy staff. Clara will be attending law school in the fall, after she completes her fellowship.
Clara’s work this year has centered around equipping Mennonite churches to advocate for climate justice. She believes that grassroots advocacy is central to the work that we must all do to address the climate crisis. This climate advocacy resource is one element of her work this year. It is tailored towards any individual or group hoping to engage with this meaningful work.
To reach Clara, email her: firstname.lastname@example.org