United Methodist Affiliated Organizations
Caretakers of God’s Creation is a grassroots community of United Methodists who believe that a relationship with God’s creation and a ministry of caring for and healing the earth are integral to what it means to be a Christian. Both Christian scripture and Wesleyan theology are central to our belief that the earth belongs to God, not us, and we are given the responsibility to be good stewards of it. Our mission is to be a transformative Christian witness, helping others to know God as revealed through creation and motivating them to act on behalf of environmental wholeness and justice.
Fossil Free UMC is a movement of United Methodists who recognize that it is wrong for The United Methodist Church to profit from wrecking the planet. Profiting from fossil fuel companies undermines the very ministries that our investments are meant to support. The mission of Fossil Free UMC is to convince the General Board of Pension and Health Benefits of The United Methodist Church to divest from fossil fuel companies and to reinvest in clean energy companies, and to add coal, petroleum and natural gas to the list of socially responsible investment screens in the Book of Discipline and Book of Resolutions.
Creation Justice Ministries (formerly the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program) represents the creation care and environmental justice policies of major Christian denominations throughout the United States, including United Methodist. The General Board of Church and Society works closely with this organization, which works in cooperation with 37 national faith bodies including Protestant denominations and Orthodox communions as well as regional faith groups, and congregants to protect and restore God’s Creation.
United Methodist Women’s Climate Justice web page offers many resources. The byline of their “13 Steps to Sustainability Initiative” is “Be Just. Be Green.” This summarizes the call to climate justice, expressing the truth that justice and environmental sustainability belong together.
United Methodist Council of Bishops released God’s Renewed Creation: Call to Hope and Action, a pastoral letter that addressed three interrelated threats to life and hope: pandemic poverty and disease, environmental degradation, and the proliferation of weapons and violence. The Call to Hope and Action website includes a slideshow.
Other Organizations Responding to Climate Change
350.org (Bill McKibben): http://350.org/
Idle No More: http://www.idlenomore.ca/
Christians for the Mountains, http://www.christiansforthemountains.org/
Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice, http://demandclimatejustice.org/
Peaceful Uprising (Tim deChristopher): www.peacefuluprising.org/
Interfaith Power and Light, http://www.interfaithpowerandlight.org/
Earthkeepers: Christians for Climate Justice http://www.earth-keepers.org/
Christian Aid, a UK-based nonprofit working to end the root causes of poverty, has a new climate justice campaign. http://www.christianaid.org.uk/ActNow/climate-change/
Climate Reality Project: http://climaterealityproject.org/
Citizens Climate Lobby: http://citizensclimatelobby.org/
Explaining the Science of Climate Change
The Consensus Project: http://theconsensusproject.com/
Skcptical Science: www.skepticalscience.com/
NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration on climate change and “record-shattering temperatures: http://climate.nasa.gov/
NOAA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administriation on climate change: http://www.noaa.gov/climate.html
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change: www.ipcc.ch/
Climate Change Basic Information, Environmental Protection Agency: http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/basics/
Turn Down the Heat: Why a 4% Warmer World Must be Avoided,” The World Bank, 2012. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2012/11/17097815/turn-down-heat-4%C2%B0c-warmer-world-must-avoided
The World Bank, 2013, “Turn Down the Heat: Climate Extremes, Regional Impacts, and the Case for Resilience,” http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/2013/06/17862361/turn-down-heat-climate-extremes-regional-impacts-case-resilience-full-report
“Global Warming’s Terrifying New Math,” Bill McKibben, Rolling Stone, July 19, 2012– http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/global-warmings-terrifying-new-math-20120719?page=2.