Why Advocacy?

“To see the world through the eyes of Christ as we are called to do, we must acknowledge, understand and accept responsibility for our connectedness to each other in the human family. Decisions of public policy have an effect for good or ill on our brothers and sisters. Politics is the business of structuring how we behave in out life together. It is the inevitable means by which we as individuals and as groups love our neighbors.” from How Should Christians Be Involved in the Public Area: A Study Guide for Presbyterian Congregations, by Elaine Saum, Presbyterian Peacemaking Program.

Presbyterians for Earth Care engages in advocacy in several ways. As an organization we sign petitions, endorse campaigns and write letters to decision-makers. We also encourage and support members to engage in the public policy advocacy. In addition, PEC helps to draft overtures for General Assembly and informs membership of how they can be involved in supporting and developing resolutions and actions at the presbytery level. PEC’s Advocacy Team helps to guide the organization’s advocacy efforts and develops action alerts and resources to help Presbyterians be faithful advocates for God’s creation and God’s people.

The Standing Rock Protest Against the Dakota Access Pipeline 

Actions you can take to support the Water Protectors at Standing Rock
Earth Ministry recommends three actions you can take: contact the North Dakota Governor, pray with the Standing Rock Sioux, and call your Senators. Refer to this sample letter to Governor Dalrymple.

Presbytery of Northern Plains sends support to pipeline “protectors” in North Dakota

Give to stand in solidarity with the Native Americans at Standing Rock
Native Americans at Standing Rock need your support as they protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. Click here to donate to the Northern Plains Earth Care Team to purchase supplies to take to Standing Rock. Mark your donation for Presbyterians for Earth Care Team and note that it is for Standing Rock.

Overtures PEC supported at the 2016 General Assembly

PEC at the 2014 Climate March in New York City with GreenFaith's Fletcher Harper
PEC at the 2014 Climate March in NYC with GreenFaith’s Fletcher Harper

PEC worked with its members and partners to prepare and present the following overtures at the 222nd General Assembly, June 18-25, 2016 in Portland, Oregon:

Overture to Divest from Fossil Fuels
Overture to Ban Fracking

Overture for Ecological Conversion
Caring for God’s Creation Overture
Confined Animal Feeding Operations Overture
Fossil Fuel Extraction Injustices


The PEC Advocacy Committee has set four priorities: Hydraulic fracking, mountaintop removal coal mining, Keystone XL pipeline, and Coal export. Click here to read more about how and why the policy priorities were chosen, and read the full set of priorities here: PEC Policy Priorities and an executive summary of the priorities here.

PEC Official Comments
PEC submitted comments to the EPA concerning the proposed carbon emission limits for power plants that is part of its Clean Power Plan.

PEC Advocacy Papers and Resources 
Read former PEC NE Regional Representative and author, Rev. John Preston’s article on Presbyterian perspectives on environmental advocacy:   Social Policy Advocacy from a Presbyterian Earth Care Perspective

PEC member, Rev. Richard Krajeski has written an extensive bibliography on Wetlands Theological Education: Select Bibliography for the Wetlands Theological Education Center

PEC Treasurer, Sue Smith, prepared a slide show of the Presbyterian Hunger Program trip to Lima, Peru for the United Nations COP20 climate talks: Climate of Conflict