Have you heard about the People's Climate Movement March on April 29? Thousands of people are heading to Washington DC to stand up for community and climate.
Among the crowds of people going to the People's Climate March are several members of the CRC. Keep reading to discover the personal stories behind each of their decisions to march.
“I am marching because I am scared. I am scared that my nephew and children will never be able to see the world as I did growing up, swimming through coral reefs and breathing in the vibrancy of jungles. And I am scared that these changes are nominal in comparison to what marginalized groups are faced with. Fear can often paralyze us into inaction, but the hope that we are afforded through Christ gives us motivation that change is possible. I am marching one step at a time because of this hope.”
- Josiah Kinney
“I am marching because the gospel requires me to be about the business of restoration in Jesus' name and that includes this world—which our good God created and declared to be good. Travelling to Washington D.C. and marching is a way for me (and others) to declare that our world belongs to God!”
- Phillip Leo
"I am marching because my grandchildren deserve better!" Like David Letterman, I want to be able to tell them I did something about Climate Change when they ask me, "Grandpa, what did you do when you knew how important climate change was?" I asked them what messages to put on my signs for the march. Together we came up with, "GLACIERS MATTER" and "POLAR BEARS MATTER."
- Rick Kruis
“My wife and I are marching because we love God's creation. We need to do all that we can to encourage wise use of the resources that God has placed in our world.”
- Larry and Mary Masselink
"For years I've studied and taught this issue in my chemistry classes. I've come to the place where I believe that climate change denial is akin to believing the earth is flat! I'm going to Washington DC this weekend as a Christian following God's mandate to mankind to care for His creation. I also go for my children, my grandchildren and my students, past and present, who must live and deal with decisions that are being made TODAY!"
- Barry Meyer
“I'm marching because policy changes are needed to stop global warming and give hundreds of millions of threatened people a sustainable future. I'm marching because I believe my Christian discipleship includes caring for creation as an expression of my love for God and neighbor.”
- Dale Hulst
"There is a perception out there that evangelical Christians are apathetic or antagonistic toward climate change. The truth is that most evangelicals do care, but many feel as if there is no place at the table for their voice. Young evangelicals, in particular, are reasserting their place in the national conversation, and they are doing it precisely because of their evangelical faith, not in spite of it. Acting on climate is an opportunity for Christians to deepen in our discipleship by loving God’s good world and by loving our global neighbors who are already being impacted by the effects of climate change. Why wouldn’t we march?”
- Kyle Meyaard-Schaap