“We are called to uphold our values and upheave injustice.” That’s the theme of this year’s Called to Climate Action. This summer, our five person interfaith college student leadership team chose this vision to drive Iowa Interfaith Power & Light’s work to empower Iowa college students of faith and conscience to lead on climate action.

This year’s cohort of students came from Central College, Dordt University, Graceland University, and Loras College. Alexandra, Alyssa, Kennedy, Samir, and Tiffany organized two upcoming events, wrote a religious statement on climate action, drafted opinion editorials, and put together a resource guide that college students and all Iowans can use to participate in the 2020 Called to Climate Action.

Our annual interfaith student leadership program promotes climate awareness, action, and leadership among students across Iowa campuses. This year’s iteration will include an online student leadership training on September 17 to start the five-week campus project. There will be an online, statewide, virtual public event on October 24. In between, we are asking Iowa college students to organize at least one, faith-based action for climate justice on their campus.

In our second year, Called to Climate Action provides structure, resources, leadership training, mentorship, and tools to students in order to support grassroots, non-partisan climate action on campuses across Iowa. This year Defend Our Future with the Environmental Defense Fund, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Iowa City, Graceland University, Loras College, and Central College made financial contributions. The balance of this important part of our mission to work with young leaders comes from the investments made by faith-based and secular organizations, congregations/houses of worship, and individuals.

Iowa IPL is committed to investing in Iowa college students of faith and conscience to help them develop leadership rooted in humanity’s great and diverse religious traditions. We continue to work with Iowa’s religious colleges and universities and faith-based programs at secular schools to empower students to become leaders in environmental justice, especially focused on climate action. We believe this investment is key to ensuring Iowa’s sustainable future.

Stay tuned for this year’s religious statement on climate action and more information on our events via our social media, website, and emails!