Ecumenical Agency Grant Awarded for Climate Justice Project

December 02, 2015

The California-Nevada Conference Committee on Advocacy and Justice recently awarded an Ecumenical Agency Grant to Earth Justice Ministries for a proposed “Climate Justice Project.”  The stated purpose of the project is “to organize with other faith and secular organizations to educate, organize, witness, and advocate for climate justice and systemic transformation.  This includes a focus on and solidarity with people in regions and nations most vulnerable to a changing climate.”
The Climate Justice Project is being launched as world leaders gather for climate talks, the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris, from November 30 through December 11, in the aftermath of terrorist attacks. 
The Rev. Sharon Delgado, the project director, was part of the United Methodist delegation to the first global summit dealing with the climate, the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, which met in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.  According to Rev. Delgado, “It was clear even then that sustainable development and justice for the poor were inseparable aspects of global action on climate change.  There have been many summits, but greenhouse gas emissions are soaring, global temperatures are rising, while poverty and inequity continue unabated.  People in poor and vulnerable nations, who are not responsible for historic greenhouse gas emissions, are being hit first and worst by typhoons, floods, and killing droughts.”
The goals of the project are:
-        To organize an active Climate Justice network within the California-Nevada Annual Conference. 
-        To continue to advocate for General Conference legislation to establish an investment screen on fossil fuels and to network with Fossil Free UMC and other groups about the “fossil free” movement.
-        To add and administer a “Climate Justice Action Network” to the list of The Western Methodist Justice Movement’s action networks. 
-        To continue organizing locally with Nevada County Climate Change Coalition, a consensus-based coalition that Earth Justice Ministries helped to found.
-        To highlight the need for strong and binding climate legislation in the lead-up and follow-up to the global Climate Summit meeting in Paris. 
On Monday, November 30, the first day of the Paris talks, Earth Justice Ministries, working with Nevada County Climate Change Coalition, organized a demonstration in Grass Valley.  On Tuesday, December 1, they held two “Prayer Vigils for the Climate and Peace” at Nevada City United Methodist Church.
A new Climate Justice Project website and Facebook page are in process of being created and a Climate Justice Project email contact list is being compiled.  To sign up for the email list or to find out more, email or call (530) 265-5976. Follow Delgado's blog by clicking here.