Hello Friends –
Next week Monday, the UN Climate Summit begins and this weekend, the UN is hosting a Youth Climate Summit. Meanwhile, people from around the world are doing programs, educational events, and taking action to draw attention to climate change and the crisis that is already occurring.
PRAY for the Summits:
Please spend a few minutes in prayer every day from now through the end of next week. Pray for the summit, the world leaders attending, the global youth attending, tremendous wisdom for those leaders, and BOTH WISDOM & COURAGE for our national, state, & local leaders as we move into situations humanity hasn’t faced previously.
Here are some statements from the UN Summit Website to help guide your prayers:
“To boost ambition and accelerate actions to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, UN Secretary-General António Guterres is asking leaders, from government, business and civil society, to come to the 2019 Climate Action Summit on 23 September with plans to address the global climate emergency.” (https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/)
“The Youth Climate Summit — the first UN climate summit for young people — will provide a platform for young leaders to showcase their solutions and meaningfully engage with decision-makers.” (https://www.un.org/en/climatechange/)
Join Local Action or Events? Consider checking out the possibilities in your area and join a local event that seems appropriate for you. [Unfortunately, we are not able to recommend, sponsor, or endorse the specific events or actions. However, ELCA Advocacy and Lutheran Advocacy-MN creation care priorities & issues fit with general climate concerns.]
September 20, Youth Climate Strike: Young people and adults will strike all across the US and world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. Learn about the various events here: https://strikewithus.org/
For other events that are not Global Climate Strike related, Google: “climate action” + September 2019” + “your local community” OR “a bigger nearby community”
Watch Paris to Pittsburgh Film Screening: Over 100 cities, six states and Puerto Rico have set goals to match the Paris Climate Accord, committing to 100% renewable energy. Hear their stories in a free screening of Paris to Pittsburgh, a National Geographic film. Check local event listings in your community for showings (Northfield will be showing it at the Public Library, & other communities or churches will also be showing the film). If you and your church would like to host a screening, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
In the Twin Cities, the faith communities of InterFaith Creation Care South Metro will be showing the film & hosting faith-based discussions following the screening on reducing carbon footprints and being good stewards of God’s creation. (Goodwill offerings accepted). Learn more from their flier.
Sunday, September 22 – 4:00 pm | St. John’s, Lakeville
Sunday, October 13 – 6 pm | Shepherd of the Lake, Prior Lake
Sunday, October 27 – 4 pm | The Well, Rosemount
St. Michael’s in Roseville has also received permission to screen this film on Sunday, September 22, at 6:00 pm. That congregation is providing a light meal and requests RSVPs on Facebook