CALLED TO CLIMATE ACTION
Are you a young person called to Climate Action?
We Are Called
The climate continues to change and we know we must respond. That’s why Iowa IPL works with a group of college student leaders each summer and creates opportunities for colleges to create action on their campuses.
“Called to Climate Action” focuses on empowering college students to lean into their faith when solving this crisis. Our vision has taken off and young leaders are engaging in faith-based climate solutions across the state. We do this through our summer leadership program and annual spring Called to Climate Action event.
STUDENT LEADERSHIP PROGRAM
The summer leadership program is a paid opportunity for Iowa college students. Students work together to write Iowa IPL’s yearly environmental justice faith statement and plan our annual Called to Climate Action event. The position will begin in late May and end in mid-August. Student leaders will be paid $2200 during the summer.
Over the summer our student leaders:
Collaborate with their peers to find inclusion and consensus
Learn about religious traditions different from their own
Work together to write a shared statement on climate action for Iowans
Write opinion editorials, blog posts, and social media copy
Shape and participate in statewide interfaith climate action public event in the fall
Are given public speaking opportunities centered on climate justice
Understand and articulate better the intersection of their faith and intersectional justice
Apply to Become a Student Leader
Applications are now closed for our 2023 Called to Climate Action student leaders!
Working with Iowa IPL gave me the opportunity to connect with other Iowa college students who care and work together to create a statement that touches on the interconnectedness of climate justice, racial justice, and economic justice.
2020 Called to Climate Action student leader and Loras College alumni
GETTING INVOLVED WITH CAMPUS CLIMATE ACTION
We also work with Iowa religious colleges/universities who have sponsored the program by investing in their own on-campus student leadership teams. In 2019, these teams conducted two climate actions before our annual October event. Those actions ranged from organizing climate strikes, letter-writing campaigns, and community video showings. Since 2020, climate action has looked a little different at colleges with voter turnout a high climate priority.
Please contact MJ Noethe for information on how you can get involved, become a sponsor, and invest in a new generation of faith-based climate activists.
Schools that have participated in Called to Climate Action:
Divine Word College
Iowa State University
Mount Mercy College
University of Iowa
Uni. of Northern Iowa
FEATURED CLIMATE ACTION
CTCA Students Leaders: “How Do You Hope To Bring The Intersection Of Faith and Climate Justice Into Your Future?”
This month, we asked our Called To Climate Action student leaders how they hope to bring the intersection of faith and climate justice into their futures.
Save the date for this year’s Called To Climate Action fall event!
“Everyone seemed to gravitate towards the river. It was not a conscious decision; it was simply an enjoyable area to be in and everyone liked being there together. I cannot imagine not being able to have this quality time near the water. However, the effects of climate change are slowly wreaking havoc on these opportunities.”
FAITH, FARMS & CLIMATE
TEACHING & PREACHING