Caretaker actions for April 2017
Easter is a season for hope, and (despite the news) we have much to be hopeful about. After all, Christ is risen! Let us read some good news from Colossians 1:15-20.
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. [emphasis added]
A few things we learn about Jesus from this passage:
- He is the image and fullness of God
- He is the firstborn over all creation and the firstborn of the ressurection
- All things were created in him, through him, and for him
- He holds all things together
- He is the head of the Church
- His death reconciles all things
What a great God we serve! And what good news for those of us advocating for God’s creation. He reconciles ALL things to himself through his death and resurrection. This is indeed news for hope.
This month we have just one request of you that will take at most 5 minutes. And we’re hoping that all 650 Climate Caretakers do it. On Monday, May 1 we’re bringing 70 evangelical Christians to Capitol Hill to lobby in Congress for action on climate change. I doubt whether the halls of Congress have seen such a large group of evangelicals lobbying on climate change, and we intend to make an impact. Some of you are joining us in D.C. and we’re excited to have you there!
For everyone else, will you support our advocacy by calling your Members of Congress on May 1? I know it sounds intimidating, but it’s easy, it’s quick, and they love getting calls from constituents. See below for a sample script and links for finding the phone numbers for your Representative and Senators. Not in the U.S.? Go ahead and call your political representatives and ask them to take action, as well!
Climate Caretakers has endorsed Carbon Fee and Dividend as a recommended policy solution that would equitably address the problem of climate change in a market-friendly manner that both political parties could agree to. You are welcome to call specifically about this policy (which is what we will be advocating for on May 1), or you may call with another “ask,” such as supporting the Green Climate Fund, joining the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus (House only), or fully funding the EPA.
Finding your Members of Congress:
- Senators: See here for a list and contact info.
- Representatives: First, identify your representative. Next, call their office.
Hello, my name is Brian Webb and I’m a constituent in the ______ district. I have a message for _____ [Member of Congress’s name] ____.
First, I’d like to thank ___ [Member of Congress’s name] ___ for__ [insert appreciation statement] ___.
I’m calling because, as a Christian, I’m deeply concerned with how climate change is negatively impacting God’s creation and hurting our neighbors–both here in the United States and around the world. Because climate change disproportionately impacts the poor, the vulnerable, and future generations, this clearly is a moral issue that we need to take action on.
Specifically, I’d like to ask ___ [Member of Congress’s name] ___ to support Carbon Fee and Dividend, which I believe to be an effective market-based solution to climate change that will both reduce emissions and grow our economy.[They will likely ask for your name and address at this point. Be sure to thank them and to be warm and friendly. If you’re not familiar or comfortable with Carbon Fee and Dividend, feel free to make any “ask” that you want connected to taking action on climate change.]
Please, join us.
Brian is the Executive Director of Climate Caretakers and also serves as the Sustainability Coordinator at Houghton College in Houghton, NY