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.

PEC members/friends at the Peoples Climate March in Washington, DC on April 29, 2017

The Standing Rock Protest Against the Dakota Access Pipeline 

Actions you can take to support the Water Protectors at Standing Rock
The PEC Advocacy Committee wrote a call to action that calls on all Presbyterians and people of faith to take action in response to the resumed construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The call to action begins with reasons for the call and concludes with the following actions:

  1. Defund banks that support the DAPL. Close your accounts and encourage all organizations, governments and colleges you are associated with to do the same.  A list of these can be found here.
  2. Donate money to: Presbyterians for Earth Care, Presbytery of the Northern Plains (in North Dakota), com, the legal fund at Sacred Stone Legal Defense Fund, Red Warrior Legal Defense Fund, and Synod of Lakes and Prairies, 2115 Cliff Drive, Eagan, MN 5512. Payable to: Synod of Lakes and Prairies; note: Dakota Access Pipeline Acct #2087, to help defend those who have been arrested and to fight in court the easement granted by the Army Corps of Engineers.
  3. PROTEST to support our Indigenous brothers and sisters against the DAPL in our cities, including Washington, DC (standwithstandingrock.net/march/), and at Army Corps of Engineers offices.
  4. PRAY for those at Standing Rock and pray that God’s justice will prevail with the DAPL.
  5. SPEAK OUT REPEATEDLY to government officials, especially your U.S. Senators and Representatives. Call Senator Maria Cantwell, Chair of the Committee on Indian Affairs and other members of the committee. gov has contact information for legislators as well as pending bills and other legislative information and activities.
  6. Stay informed. Know the facts. Keep your contacts informed through social media.
  7. Boycott Sunoco, Phillips 66, Chevron and Conoco who are associated with Energy Transfer Partners and DAPL. Encourage others to do the same.

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 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

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