Just as faith leadership is ineffective without followers, advocacy is ineffective without partners. It takes people from different sectors to get the results that are needed for climate solutions. This is one of the reasons why Climate Resolve, ecoAmerica, FORM, KCRW and IHEARTCOMIX hosted Climate Day LA on June 27th. This article highlights the statements of Blessed Tomorrow leader, Jackie Dupont-Walker during the Climate Day LA event.
Jackie Dupont-Walker | First African Methodist Church
In a theatre filled with eager organization leaders, government leaders, activists and other participants, Jackie Dupont-Walker sat on a panel of speakers in the early afternoon. Her main comments were focused on the legitimacy of climate change itself. The challenge, according to Walker, is convincing faith communities who still hold on to doubt.
Climate change ties to almost every ill we have in our society.
The truth is that climate change is real. Climate affects our environment, health and our spiritual well-being. So, as we seek out solutions to the climate issue, we should do so with a strategy in mind. For getting things done – there is no stronger tool than partnership!
There are certain characteristics we should look for in both individual partners and partner organizations to ensure the success of our cause.
“It is important to partner with people who have a wealth of knowledge and time to address climate.” – Jackie Dupont-Walker
Partnership is not a new concept to climate leaders but may be new to faith leaders. Most of the time, change is good. Therefore, faith leaders can be comfortable consorting with leaders from other faiths, government leaders and others who wish to help us care for God’s divine creation. In the words of Jackie Dupont-Walker at Climate Day LA, we have to be “inclusive,” when discussing climate change and as we work toward climate solutions.
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