Churches Called on to Ask Members to Sign Creation Care Voter Pledge
October 18, 2018
The Environmental Ministries Team of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC is calling on congregations to ask their members to sign the Creation Care Voter Pledge.
Here’s Why and How
The UCC declares that God’s great gift of Creation – the context in which all life seeks fulfillment – is in crisis. As people of faith, recognizing that the earth is the Lord’s, it falls upon our generation to embrace imperatives that constitute a new moral era. The UCC views the current climate crisis as an opportunity for which the church was born.
But voting data consistently shows that people concerned about the environment and the climate do not vote nearly as often as the general populace. “In the 2016 presidential election, about 68 or 69 percent of registered voters turned out to vote. The problem is only 50 percent of environmentalists turned out to vote. In the 2014 midterms, only 21 percent of environmentalists voted”.
What Can You Do About This?
Ask the members of your congregation to sign the Creation Care Voter Pledge. It costs nothing, but when someone makes the pledge the likelihood significantly increases that the person will actually show up and vote. Each person who pledges will get an email on election day reminding them of their pledge. (And a thank you note after the election is over.) This small pledge “contract” has great effect.
There are many ways to invite your congregation to take the pledge. Several are listed below and you can make up your own approaches and use several approaches at the same time! But time is very short, so act now. Affecting the mid-term elections is a moral imperative for all of us.
Approaches for Obtaining Creation Care Voter Pledges:
The pledges need to be typed into an online pledge form found here. If you cannot arrange to have this done, please contact Karen Methot for help. Do not mail them to Rev. Brooks Berndt in Ohio – there is not enough time for processing before Nov. 6th!
Why is your pledge important?
The Environmental Ministries Team of the Massachusetts Conference, UCC
The story of Noah is a favourite of many. We love the idea of Noah saving all those doomed animals. Well, we need a bunch of Noah's to sign on as Creation Care voters.
The World Wildlife Foundation's biennial "Living Planet Report" is not only disheartening for what it reveals about our stewardship of God's good creation, it speaks of a real danger to human survival. The link to the report is below. Please read this information and then consider signing-on as a "Creation Care Voter."
"Exploding human consumption" has caused a massive drop in global wildlife populations in recent decades, the WWF conservation group says.
In a report, the charity says losses in vertebrate species - mammals, fish, birds, amphibians and reptiles - averaged 60% between 1970 and 2014.
"Earth is losing biodiversity at a rate seen only during mass extinctions," the WWF's Living Planet Report adds.
It urges policy makers to set new targets for sustainable development.
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