In late November 2015, the nations of the world will gather in Paris, France for the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The conference hopefully will achieve a legally binding universal agreement on climate action by all the world’s nations.
The Climate Witness Project, an effort of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, is being implemented by the Office of Social Justice in cooperation with other CRC and ecumenical partners. A more comprehensive description of the CRCNA Climate Witness Project is posted separately, as well as the job description.
An important part of the plan is contracting with a part-time organizer in 10 different regions in the U.S. and Canada. The regions are: Edmonton Area of Alberta, Hamilton area of Ontario, British Columbia, Western Washington, southern California, northwest Iowa, Chicago and Illiana, New Jersey and metro New York, New Mexico and the Classis Red Mesa region, and Western Michigan.
The regional organizers will engage in these tasks for the period from August 10, 2015 to January 31, 2016. The tasks include:
- Recruit three CRC congregations in the region to participate in this project.
- Enable three congregations in the region to use the Climate Conversation: Kenya video resources and make a presentation connecting its content to the COP 21 meetings. The films will be viewed by the congregations between October 1 and November 21, 2015.
- Organize meetings for at least three representatives from each of the congregations, to be briefed and to interact with the CRCNA delegation to the COP 21 meeting in Paris. These meetings will take place between November 30 and December 11, 2015.
- Organize a visit with both leaders and members from the three congregations with their congressperson/senator/MP after COP 21. These meetings will be organized between November 30 and December 11, 2015 and will be completed by January 31, 2016.
- Select a person from one of the three congregations to write an op-ed about COP 21 and the CRC’s commitment to vigorously addressing the danger of climate change. They will be written before the end of 2015 and efforts to place them will be made by a communications firm during January.
- Support the efforts to increase the number of CRC members in the region who receive social media from the OSJ throughout the COP 21 process.
- Make and submit suggestions for ongoing education and advocacy to their three congregations.
Regional organizers will be trained via a webinar in August 2015.
Each organizer will be paid $1,500 for this effort. A check for $750 will be paid to each organizer on November 1, 2015 and on January 30, 2016.
The organizers will be responsible to one of the co-coordinators of the CRCNA Climate Witness Project in the Office of Social Justice. Each organizer will prepare a two page report at the end of the project.
Each candidate for a coordinator position, in addition to completing the online application, will send a cover letter explaining why they believe they are equipped to accomplish the tasks included in this job description to project co-coordinators Rev. Richard Killmer at firstname.lastname@example.org and Kyle Meyaard-Schaap at email@example.com. Please email or call them (Rich: 207-450-7242; Kyle: 616-241-1691) with any questions you may have.
Applications must be received by August 1. The organizers will be announced on August 7.