Climate Advocacy Programs

Climate advocacy is a central piece of what we do at CSCS. What is advocacy? Advocacy is speaking to decision-makers about policies that bring greater justice and wellbeing for all. Faith-based advocacy is rooted in working with those who are impacted by injustice and using our public witness to show love for our neighbor in a tangible way. Advocacy is work that anybody can do.

With partners like Mennonite Central Committee’s advocacy offices in Ottawa, Canada; Washington, DC in the U.S.; and UN Office in New York City, we invite you to advocate for climate justice with us. See the resources and opportunities for you and your congregation to get involved in advocacy below.  

This advocacy resource, created by 2020-2021 Climate Futures Fellow Clara Weybright, serves as a guide for churches and individuals hoping to engage in climate advocacy. See the main page here, which links to step-by-step guides to advocating, a small group discussion guide, and an introductory reading on climate advocacy. 

Each year, CSCS holds a paid internship, hosted by one of Mennonite Central Committee’s advocacy offices (Ottawa, Canada, or Washington, D.C., United States). Climate advocacy interns engage in organizing, educating, and advocating on the issue of climate change. See the internship description and application here

Interested in engaging with candidates running for office? Wondering about their stances on climate policies? Use our election resource to explore this form of advocacy. See our pdf resource for further guidance on engaging with candidates.

Do you have a small group interested in exploring what climate advocacy could look like for your church? Use our four-week discussion guide to learn what advocating could look like for you! 

Want to get involved in climate and creation care action with your church? Check out our resources for advocacy, as a part of a broader climate action plan. 

Putting a price on carbon, either through a carbon tax or a cap and trade program, has gained a lot of traction on Capitol Hill. As you think about your stance on putting a price on carbon emissions, please consider the implications of this policy and the various forms it can take. Read our carbon pricing resource for more information.

This survey, produced by CSCS, investigated how churches engage with climate advocacy as a faith practice. Read about our survey results here. A white paper with more details about the survey is coming soon.