The Climate Justice Action Network is a newly-created network of United Methodists linking faith and action in response to climate change. It is one of several action networks connected with the Western Methodist Justice Movement. This network originated as a project of the Advocacy and Justice Committee of the California-Nevada Annual Conference, through an Ecumenical Agencies Grant given to Earth Justice Ministries to establish this network. The Coordinator of the newly-created Climate Justice Action Network is the Rev. Sharon Delgado. The network is initially made up of Lay members of Annual Conference who attended the dialogue on climate change last year at Laity Session, and members of United Methodist Women (UMW) who have been working on this issue. Climate Justice is one of the four priorities for UMW during this new Quadrennium.
The goal of the Climate Justice Action Network is to build a network of United Methodists and others who are committed to working for climate justice by learning about climate change, responding in faith, sharing resources, and taking coordinated actions. The group plans to work together to educate, organize, witness, and advocate for climate justice and systemic transformation. A primary strategy of this work is to act in solidarity with other justice campaigns, with other faith and secular communities, and with people in regions and nations most vulnerable to extreme fossil fuel extraction and to a changing climate.
In the lead up to General Conference, the main project of the Climate Justice Action Network is working with Fossil Free UMC to pass legislation to add fossil fuels (coal, petroleum, and natural gas) to the list of United Methodist investment screens in the United Methodist Book of Discipline and United Methodist Book of Resolutions. The California-Nevada Annual Conference is one of the eleven conferences that passed resolutions calling for such a screen.
To find out more, or to sign up for the email list, contact Delgado at email@example.com, or (530) 265-5976.