The United Church of Christ (UCC) and the People’s Justice Council are among ten 2021 finalists for the ecoAmerica American Climate Leadership Awards, which celebrate organizations and climate leaders who offer replication models for outstanding climate initiatives, as well as being change agents at local, regional, and national levels.
The United Church of Christ and the People’s Justice Council have worked together to lay the foundation for increased organizing to advance climate justice legislation. They began by developing effective communication tools with a monthly webinar, a newsletter, a published handbook for churches, and a nationally recognized report on toxic air pollution that was accompanied by an advocacy toolkit. These tools along with the development of a coordinated United Church of Christ climate justice network and a green church certification program have led them to a stage where they now have the capacity to organize nationwide for federal climate and environmental justice legislation.
Check out this helpful replication guide that offers a successful and stepwise model that can be used in other communities.