Young Evangelicals for Climate Action makes media waves in the US

YECA is an outreach program of the Evangelical Environmental Network in the US. They have been active for several years with a very effective “Climate Fellows” program that this year includes 28 young people across the US.

We recently noted considerable media attention given to this group in the weeks leading up to the US election. Some examples:

Fox News, “Who Are Young Voters Supporting in the 2020 Election?”: YECA Fellow Elsa Barron (Notre Dame), shares how her faith-informed values of protecting human life and honoring human dignity have informed her electoral choices this year.

The Wall Street Journal, “The Big Choice: Students Debate the Presidential Election”: YECA Fellow Elsa Barron (Notre Dame), argues that her faith commitments lead her to vote for Joe Biden this year (note: Elsa’s piece reflects her personal opinion. YECA does not endorse specific candidates).

BBC, “US election 2020: What the results will mean for climate change”: YECA Fellow Emily Robertson (Covenant College) talks about how climate change has become a voting priority for her. 

Kal Penn Approves this Message, “Young Evangelicals on Climate Change”: YECA Fellows Elsa Barron (Notre Dame), Sarah Harding (Indiana Wesleyan University), and Emma Vande Brake (Gordon College) were interviewed about engaging religious communities around climate action.

The Gordon College Tartan, “We Forget the Earth”: YECA Fellow Emma Vande Brake (Gordon College), reflects on generosity and indigenous wisdom in our relationships with creation. 

And here’s even more media hits we’ve generated in the last month!

God $ Green: An Unholy Alliance: YECA National Organizer and Spokesperson Kyle Meyaard-Schaap features in this short documentary about environmental injustice in today’s religious and political landscape (viewing password: RRD2020).

Morning Consult, For Decades, the GOP Has Fought Against Climate Action. ‘Eco-Right’ Groups Are Working to Change the Conversation”: Kyle shares about YECA’s work to depoliticize climate change in the church.

Christianity Today, “Creation Care Movement Takes Action with Solar Panels and Petition”. Kyle shares some of his personal journey to creation care and about how YECA’s work is bearing fruit across the country.

For those of you watching the evangelical environmental space in the US, all is not lost! (But keep praying!)