Trevecca Nazarene University

Students participate in national climate initiative press conference

Students Elizabeth Whiting and Tasha Frederick will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to take part in the Evangelical Youth Climate Initiative Press Conference.
Two Trevecca students, Elizabeth Whiting and Tasha Frederick, will be traveling to Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, Nov. 15, to take part in the Evangelical Youth Climate Initiative (EYCI) Press Conference. The students will represent Trevecca and other young evangelicals who are passionate about environmental change and global warming issues.

This project is in conjunction with the Evangelical Climate Initiative petition that University President Dan Boone signed, along with 86 other evangelical leaders, in February 2006. Boone became one of 34 presidents of member-institutions in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) who have gone on record in expressing their concerns about the need for action regarding climate change, including the need for legislation that would limit emissions. Full story here.

Whiting and Frederick will travel to Washington, D.C., as young evangelicals with the same initiative, asserting these claims:

1. There is overwhelming evidence that global warming is real and will become increasingly deadly.

2. We believe care for the poor and for all of God’s creation is a sacred moral duty for all followers of Jesus Christ.

3. We commit ourselves to living in a way that honors God, cares for people, and preserves God’s creation.

4. We believe public policies that protect God’s creation and reduce global warming pollution are good for our economy and good for America.

5. We call for prophetic leadership from our Christian leaders on creation care in general and global warming in particular.

6. We call on our elected representatives to provide leadership through legislation to reduce global warming pollution.

7. We urge our generation to lead the movement to protect God’s creation where many of those who have come before us have not.

These claims are part of a declaration and a petition, “Cooling Our Future: A Declaration by Young Evangelicals on Climate Change,” that will be taken collected by the young people participating in the press conference.

There is an opportunity for young people who declare and affirm these seven points to sign electronically at this Web address: http://www.trevecca.edu/info/climatepetition
(Deadline for signing is Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 4:30 P.M.)