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 fall Called to Climate Action event.


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 as independent contractors.


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


Plan and lead a student leadership training in September


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


Create a resource guide for their peers to take climate action on campuses

Apply to Become a Student Leader

We are now accepting applications for our 2021 Called to Climate Action student leaders! Please send a cover letter and resume with the subject line of “Student Leader Application” to Irene DeMaris. Let us know why you are #CalledToClimateAction and what you want to get out of the experience. The process will be open until we fill all positions.

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.

Alyssa Corkery
Called to Climate Action student leader and Loras College student


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. In 2020, climate action looked a little different at colleges and voter turnout was a priority. We had two events, a student training in September in addition to our annual October event.

Please contact Matt Russell 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:

Clarke College

Coe College

Central College

Divine Word College

Dordt College

Drake College

Graceland University

Iowa State University

Loras College

Luther College

Mount Mercy College

Simpson College

University of Iowa

Uni. of Northern Iowa

Wartburg College


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