While personal stewardship is important, substantive change on behalf of creation must also take place at the level of state and federal policy. 

The ELCA is committed to working with our elected leaders to enact just legislation, and Lutherans Restoring Creation seeks to support public policy actions that reduce carbon emissions, encourage responsible land use, and acts to preserve God's good creation.


"Caring for Creation: Vision, Hope and Justice"

ELCA social statement on the environment, adopted in 1993, with introduction, summary, and study guide.

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Learn more about the ELCA's churchwide and state advocacy resources on environment, global poverty, and other issues.

ELCA Advocacy Updates

NEW August 2015: EPA Clean Power Plan Announced

July 2015: Vatican Encyclical Laudato Si', Endangered Species Act.


For synod resolutions on climate change, fossil fuel divestment, fracking, and other issues, visit the Resolutions page and Synods page.

On Saturday, December 12, leaders from 195 nations concluded the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris by approving a global agreement to address climate change. This agreement includes a commitment to keep global warming well below 2 degrees. The ELCA welcomes the Paris Accord, and we renew our own commitment to care for all of God's good creation. [Read More]

November 30, 2015 is the first day of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change (#COP21). 150 heads of state are gathered in Paris to negotiate an international agreement to address climate change around the world. They are joined by hundreds of leaders and people of faith who are working and praying for an agreement that protects God’s creation and supports those who are most heavily impacted by the effects of our changing climate. Please read for important updates and information on what to look out for in the next 12 days of COP21!

Lutherans Weigh in on PA Clean Power Plan The Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania trained and turned out Lutherans to testify at hearings on the Pennsylvania Clean Power Plan in Fall 2015.  

Fossil Fuel Divestment Perspectives and information on divestment from fossil fuels as a way of combatting climate change and air pollution, and news about synod divestment resolutions.  .

Climate Change 101 ELCA Advocacy Issue Brief

For more actions you can take, more news about how Lutherans are advocating for solutions, and educational resources on climate change, click here.

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NEW ADVOCACY ALERT: Take Action to Help the People of Flint, Michigan

Many concerned Lutherans around the country are asking what they can do to help the people of Flint, whose water has been contaminated with lead.  

ELCA Advocacy and the Southeastern Michigan Synod invite you to advocate for legislation that would increase immediate relief for Flint and work towards long-term solutions. 


Reflections and resources on Earth Community at the intersection of Earth-care and social justice. Click Here



ELCA World Hunger homepage, Toolkit on Climate Change Connections, "Taking Root: Hunger Causes, Hunger Hopes" Curriculum, Hunger Sermon Starters, and Stories about Creation Care.  Click here.


ELCA Advocacy Issue Brief: Clean Water Facts


A webpage on faith and our treatment of animals including links to resources from the Humane Society of the United States, a collection of ELCA statements, action alerts, and more. Click here.


NEW LAMPa Director Testifies on Methane Reductions
Statement of the Rev. Amy Reumann, Director, Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania at the EPA Hearing on Proposed Methane Emissions Reduction Rule for Oil and Gas Operations.

"Push Congress to improve clean air standards" (OpEd piece from The Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin.)


Mountaintop Removal - ELCA Advocacy Issue Brief

"Sin Boldly" or "God's Love Makes Us Do Crazy Things" by Vicar Axel Kaegler - a sermon referring to fracking.
Read the explanation of this process for extracting natural gas in this article by Pastor Amy Reumann, staff of Lutheran Advocacy Ministry of Pennsylvania