Urbana resources

Below are just a handful of suggestions to get you started on your journey of caring for God’s creation…

Live Simply

Lausanne Movement Paper: Evangelical Commitment to Simple Lifestyle

“Life” and “life-style” obviously belong together and cannot be separated. All Christians claim to have received a new life from Jesus Christ. What life-style, then, is appropriate for them? If the life is new, the life-style should be new also.

Think About Your Lifestyle: a guide from Climate Stewards

Before we can do something about our carbon footprint we need to think about how we live.

Learn creation care theology

Foundations for Creation Care in the Old Testament

Rev. Dave Bookless, Director of Theology for A Rocha International, explains the rich case for creation care found in the Old Testament.

Environmental Justice & Advocacy in the Old Testament

Friar Sam Sifelani, Central Africa’s Environmental Coordinator with Green Anglicans, explains further what the OT has to teach us about environmental justice and advocacy.

Exploring the Environmental Messages in the Gospels

Theologian and author  Dr. Ruth Valerio,  Director of Global Advocacy and Influencing at Tearfund, presents the creation care message found in the Gospels.

Creation Care From the Epistles

Presentation by Victor Mughogho, Director of Eagles Relief and Development in Malawi.

Seek leadership from the Global South

What does it mean to “seek leadership from the Global South?”

Read this short note from LWCCN leadership on what makes this call to action different from the others.

“Only together are we complete in Christ”

5 minute, very inspiring video from Regent College’s World Christianity Conference.

Mobilize the Church and engage society

Care of Creation

“Our mission is to pursue a God-centered response to environmental challenges that brings glory to the Creator, advances the cause of Christ, and leads to a transformation of the people and the land that sustains them.”

Church Worship Resources

Provide resources to your congregation, small group, and pastor as you seek to incorporate creation care into the rhythm of Christian life.  This list is curated by Young Evangelicals for Climate Action.

State and Local Climate Action

Tips and suggestions from Young Evangelicals for Climate Action to jumpstart advocacy in your community.

Our Father’s World book discussion

Get a small group from church or your InterVarsity chapter together to read and discuss Ed Brown’s book, “Our Father’s World.”  Each chapter has discussion questions.

Support environmental missions

Sustainability, Tropical Agriculture & Missions course

Explore your own calling by enrolling in Au Sable’s hands-on course in Costa Rica.

International Development & Environmental Sustainability course

This Au Sable course deals with topics of hunger, poverty, international debt, appropriate technology, relief programs, missionary earthkeeping, conservation of wild nature, land tenure, and land stewardship.

Environmental Missions: Bringing Christ the Creator to the Least-Reached

Environmental missionaries are those sent cross-culturally to labor with Christ—the Creator, Sustainer and Redeemer of all creation—in caring for the environment and making disciples among all peoples.  Lowell Bliss, author of Environmental Missions, gave this talk at Urbana 2012.

Confront climate change

Making Sense of Climate Change: Questions, Solutions, and the Church’s Role

Climate change is a mounting injustice impacting communities across the world.  What’s going on, what needs to be done, and how are Christians on the forefront of responding to this growing humanitarian and environmental crisis? An Urbana 2015 seminar talk by YECA founder, Rev. Ben Lowe.

Apply to be a Climate Leadership Fellow

The Climate Leadership Fellows experience is a selective program for undergraduate college students sponsored by Young Evangelicals for Climate Action.  They equip new leaders who can promote a biblical understanding of the climate crisis and organize faithful responses within their campuses, churches and communities.

Receive action steps and prayers in your inbox

Sign up to be part of the Climate Caretaker community and receive a weekly email with a climate-focused prayer, as well as practical steps to reduce your carbon footprint.

Eat sustainably

Eat a Plant-Rich Diet

Global livestock production results in massive amounts of CO2 emissions.  Eat less meat and more vegetables for a healthier planet (and generally speaking, healthier you).  Try substituting meat for veggies one meal per week.

Reduce Food Waste

Leftovers can be boring.  Eat them anyway!  Food waste emits methane and carbon dioxide, contributing to climate change.

Support economic justice

Offset your carbon emissions and support tree planting projects

Climate Stewards is a UK-based Christian organization dedicated to helping people reduce their carbon footprints and offsetting the rest.  This helps internalize the costs of pollution and promote local forestry initiatives around the world.

Buy Fair Trade

Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the South.

Act Locally

Restoration Ecology course

Learn ecological and theoretical restoration skills to apply to your local context at Au Sable’s Michigan campus summer course.

Lead a Community Project

Apply for the Young Evangelicals for Climate Action’s Project Leaders Program.  Work with Y.E.C.A. staff and Steering Committee to implement climate-related activities, community events, or advocacy plans.

Speak truth to power and the peace of Christ

Environmental Law and Policy course

Explore how the policy-making process at various levels handles environmental challenges, and consider ethics, justice, and advocacy in this Au Sable course at the Michigan campus.

Take Action: Federal Advocacy

Use Young Evangelicals for Climate Action’s online toolkit to advocate for climate-smart federal policies.