Climate Change Advocacy


Creation Justice Ministries helped gather and organize people of Orthodox, Protestant, Historically Black, Baptist, and Peace Church traditions to connect with their religious leadership, as well as with an ecumenical community, at the People's Climate March.

The United Church of Christ, The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Presbyterian Church (USA), Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Mennonite Central Committee, United Methodist Church, and others held prayer and advocacy gatherings for their respective communities. 

Those who couldn't make it to Washington, DC, joined sister marches happening in various cities around the world. (Creation Justice Ministries was neither endorsing nor involved in planning sister marches.)

To view more information about various other faith-based activities surrounding the People's Climate March, go to

Daily devotional prayers compiled by the Green Team of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Houston, TX can be found daily on the LRC Facebook page or download the entire booklet here. Tell us how your church is following what happens in the UN and if your community has pledged to reduce your carbon footprint! 

ELCA Churchwide Pledges to Move Towards a Sustainable Energy Future

August 13th, after days of conversation, discernment and prayer the 2016 churchwide voting assembly voted to pass the Memorial: Towards a Responsible Energy Future. After a grassroots divestment coalition brought together various synodical divestment memorials and the proper parliamentary protocol into one statement, the church is now called to act on the amended version you can read here.

Take action to support the Green Climate Fund at the ELCA Action Center and join us as we stand together for good stewardship of God’s Creation! [Read More]

The Season of Prophetic Climate Witness through Preaching, Prayer, and Practice: October 4, 2015 - July 31, 2016.  A New Awakening, a transdenominational Christian movement for climate solutions, invites you to preach at least one sermon on climate change as a pressing moral issue between the Feast of St. Francis 2015 and July 2016. Read more and sign the pledge to preach.

You and Your Congregation Can Sign the Paris Pledge!

Take the Paris Pledge, as an individual or as a congregation, and commit to reducing your carbon pollution. Together, we can make a real difference. Interfaith Power & Light will provide you with helpful resources and tools so you can reach your goals. 

In response to the growing threat of climate change, governments across the globe worked together to create the Green Climate Fund (GCF), an initiative to mobilize international support for nations with the most need.
Endorse the People's Climate CovenantResponding to Our Moral Imperative to Heal the Earth. An invitation from Climate Justice at Union Theological Seminary and Interfaith Moral Action on Climate.

National Religious Partnership for the environment is gathering signatures on a petition to address climate change to be delivered to the Senate and Administration in September before the UN Climate Summit. 

Sign up for the ELCA e-Advocacy Network to receive action alerts on climate change and other related issues.

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.  Click here.


Join LRC's Energy Stewards Initiative to lower energy costs and carbon footprint in your congregation.

Follow "Home Energy Savings: Room by Room" by David Rhoads


Issue Brief: 
"Climate Change and Poverty in the Household of God" by Brian Konkol, who served in South Africa as ELCA Country Coordinator of the Young Adults in Global Mission program.

Resources on Global Climate Change.  Videos, books, inspirational sermons, theological foundations, and websites. 

"We Speak from a Sacred Core" - Reflections on an Advocacy Training

by Pastor Inge Williams, Friedens Lutheran Church, Shartlesville, Pennsylvania

"All our efforts at advocacy are empowered by the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whose resurrection power gives us the courage to undertake together what we could never do alone. I give thanks that God continues to sweep us up into action on behalf of this beloved creation."  [Read More]


NEW Paris Rule Book: We Have to Get it Right!
May 29, 2018

The intersessional meetings for COP24 were supposed to produce a strong foundation for development of a robust rulebook for implementation of the Paris Agreement. But the parties were not able to achieve sufficient progress to be assured of the upcoming COP24 success....[Read More]

NEW The Paris Agreement and the Talanoa Dialogue
May 24, 2018

At the most recent Conference of the Parties to the Paris Agreement on climate change (COP23) in 2017, Prime Minister Bainimarama of FIji instituted a new means of negotiations: the Talanoa Dialogue process. Talanoa is a traditional word used to reflect a participatory and transparent dialogue, involving the sharing of ideas, skills and experiences through storytelling.  [Read More]

COP22 Blog November 14, 2016

Ruth Ivory-Moore, Program Director Environment and Energy, traveled to COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco in November as world leaders meet to discuss implementation of the Paris Agreement that went into effect on November 4, 2016. The first week she is supporting ACT Alliance of which ELCA is a member by participating in Side Events that allow for everyone to be directly engaged in discussions addressing the diverse issues surrounding climate change. The second week she is serving as part of an ACT Alliance delegation as an observer.

By Ruth Ivory-Moore

Visiting the beautiful area of Punta Cana, Dominican Republic this past September brought competing emotions of extreme joy and anguish.  If you walk far enough along the beach you see, not lush palm trees, but the waves from the ocean beating against the shoreline and against palm trees with exposed roots—a picture of the impact of climate change. Read the full article.

Shishmaref, Alaska, is an island village that has gained national attention for its historic decision to relocate. Residents were driven to this decision because of the unique and challenging circumstances of their environment. Climate change has led to increased flooding and erosion. As a result, Shishmaref is one of the most dramatic examples of a population affected by climate change. Find out more by reading the full article

Evangelical Lutheran leaders argue for Ohio energy efficiency and renewable energy
The president of a major Lutheran seminary and one of the three bishops overseeing the 550 Ohio congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are opposing a bill that would stall efficiency programs and the further growth of wind and solar power mandated since 2009. [Read More]

The Paris agreement: What’s next? 
On Dec. 12, 2015, in Paris, nearly 200 nations agreed for the first time to collectively take steps to address climate change. The faith community has played a key role in the U.N. climate negotiations since their beginnings at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, but in Paris faith advocates were present in the highest numbers and had the greatest visibility and access ever.  [Read More]

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!

Lutheran World Federation statement on advocacy and action on climate justice. Adopted by the LWF Council at its assembly in Geneva, June 2015.  Download statement here or at the bottom of this page. 

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

In less than two weeks, world leaders will gather in Paris to negotiate a new global agreement to address climate change at the annual meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

First Lutheran in Decorah signed the Paris Pledge, joining other congregations across the nation to reduce our carbon pollution by 50% by 2030 and to be carbon neutral by 2050. They have already achieved the 50% reduction goal and they are determined to be carbon neutral by 2050. [Read More]

ELCA Advocacy UpdateAugust 2015: EPA Clean Power Plan Announced


Conclusion of UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru

Mary Minette, ELCA Advocacy’s director of environmental policy, returned from the U.N. Conference on Climate Change in Lima, Peru, last month. Going in to the conference, the U.N. hoped to create a global treaty to help limit global warming to 3.6 degrees F above pre-industrial times – a necessary limit which would prevent further disasters and high humanitarian costs. An official treaty will be decided in 2015 in Paris, but due to the involvement of various lobbies, the plans in Lima were far from reaching the 3.6-degree goal. Minette reports that the most challenging concern facing world leaders is how much developing countries will be expected to invest in cutting their emissions. Additional international funding will likely be needed for these countries.

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"Holy God,

earth and air and water are your creation,
and the web of life is yours.
Have mercy on us in the face of climate chaos.
Help us to be keepers of your Earth:
to simplify our lives,
to reduce our use of energy,
to share the resources you have given us,
to raise our voices for justice
and to bear the cost of change.
We kindle this “light for Lima” as we pray for the climate change negotiations in Lima, Peru."

—Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Anglican tradition

Daily Blog from Lima by Lutheran World Federation Youth

Lutheran, Anglican, Episcopal leaders offer pastoral message on climate change

The national leaders of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, Anglican Church of Canada and The Episcopal Church offered on Sept. 19 a pastoral message on climate change. [Read More

UN Climate Summit 

The UN Secretary General has convened world leaders in September to address decisions on climate. [Read more]. 

ELCA Applauds US Climate Change Pledge

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America applauds the United States’ pledge towards a new global agreement to address climate change, which will be finalized in Paris this coming December.  [Read More]

The People’s March at the UN Climate Summit, September 21. 

The Peoples Climate March was held Sunday, September 21 to demonstrate massive public support for the goals of the UN Climate Summit. [Learn More].


Given at the US EPA Hearings on the EPA Clean Climate proposal to reduce carbon emissions. To read the testimony given by three Lutherans, click here.

ELCA and Episcopal Presiding Bishops support the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule on carbon emissions.

The Upper Susquehanna Synod Assembly voted for repeal of all environmental and public health exemptions on shale gas and oil drilling. 
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ELCA, Episcopal leaders support proposed rule on carbon emissions

In support of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule on carbon emissions, the presiding bishops of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and The Episcopal Church said in a June 5 joint statement that the rule is a “critical step toward safeguarding the lives and livelihood of future generations.” [Read More]

Milwaukee Bishop Among Faith Leaders Supporting EPA Carbon Rule

Jeff Barrow heads the Great Milwaukee  Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. He added his signature to a letter urging President Obama and the EPA to take action. Barrow joined nearly 400 individuals representing multiple denominations. [Read More and Listen]

Evangelical Lutheran leaders argue for Ohio energy efficiency and renewable energy

The president of a major Lutheran seminary and one of the three bishops overseeing the 550 Ohio congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are opposing a bill that would stall efficiency programs and the further growth of wind and solar power mandated since 2009. [Read More]

EPA New Source Performance Standards for Greenhouse Gases.  In late 

March 2013 , the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed new standards that would reduce harmful carbon emissions from new power plants. Read testimony from the EPA public hearings on the standards in Washington, DC and
  • Alycia Ashburn, Director of the Sojourners Creation Care Campaign and LRC educator/trainer (at the Washington hearing), and.
  • Mikka McCracken, ELCA World Hunger program (at the Chicago hearing).

Peter Bakken,
Nov 28, 2015, 12:10 PM