WHO WE ARE
The Climate Witness Project is a faith-based climate justice organization that is a joint initiative of the global humanitarian organization World Renew and the Christian Reformed Church, North America (CRCNA). We have organizers working in regions throughout the United States and Canada. We are motivated by our Christian faith to partner with church communities, other faith communities, and neighborhood, non-profit, and government partners to build the political and social will to take meaningful and urgent action on the climate crisis.
We do our work primarily through public policy advocacy, energy stewardship guidance, worship resources, awareness-raising, and education, and we are particularly aware of the disproportionately severe impact of climate change on poor communities and communities of color. Ultimately, we envision a world that echoes God's love for creation, is engaging in a racially and economically just transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and is helping communities to adapt to the impacts of climate change and live well in spite of them.
Here in the Eastern US region, our organizer is Allen Drew. He has a BA in biology from Harvard University, an MDiv from Westminster Seminary in Glenside, PA, is a member of the Climate Reality Project's leadership corps, and is an ordained pastor in the CRCNA. He lives in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of NW Philadelphia and is a member of Spirit and Truth Fellowship in Hunting Park. He is passionate about the climate crisis, about the faith community's engagement in it, and about how climate action can come together with justice for low income communities. Reach out if you want to connect - he loves meeting new people and connecting them with what we're doing.
WHAT WE DO
We organize faith communities to take action on climate.
We partner to build climate justice initiatives that benefit and empower low income communities.
We fight for climate-friendly legislative change.
We educate the public.
The Climate Witness Project has regional organizers throughout the United States and Canada who are doing all sorts of different and interesting things. Here in the Eastern US region of the CWP, the majority of our work is in the Philadelphia metro area. Our main goals are the following:
1) To engage and equip the Church to take meaningful and faith-based action on the climate crisis: We work to build congregation-based climate justice engagement through faith-based education, climate team building, carbon footprint reduction work, and networking with regional climate action communities and initiatives.
2) To be directly involved in local climate justice work: We have built a non-profit together with local partners in the low-income and extreme heat North Philadelphia neighborhood of Hunting Park that is working to repair and weatherize homes, spread rooftop solar, build clean energy vocational training programs, and white coat roofs to reduce heat.
3) To fight for upstream legislative change: We work in partnership with local climate justice advocacy organizations to press for policies that will help the greater Philadelphia region transition rapidly and equitably away from fossil fuels and towards a clean energy future.
4) To build online educational content: We develop a wide range of online content to educate the public on climate justice issues, particularly (though not exclusively) from a faith perspective.