Earlier this month, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA) visited the IWU campus as the first stop on a speaking tour of college campus. While here, they spent some time with the IWU Creation Care Alliance, a student organization devoted to creation care.
YECA chose two IWU students to serve as spokeswomen for the creation care movement through a pair of climate testimonies which YECA recorded and posted online. In these videos, students Braelyn Snow and Kaley Necessary discuss their feelings on the social and theological importance of climate change and share some ways they try to adjust their lifestyle to be more favorable to the environment:
“As an artist, I take great joy in what I do and I want it to be treated well…that’s kind of how I see the world. God made this beautiful piece of art, and little things we do to just spray paint right over it, or ruin it or vandalize it–I think just trying to undo the damage, to restore it to what we intended it, is just a really powerful image.” Braelyn Snow, junior illustration major
“In my life, I have tried to take small steps of action. For example, not using a tray in the cafeteria: that’s one of the easiest things to do, I think. Or even just like planting trees this summer, or supporting organizations that promote environmental sustainability, and just taking steps day to day that would preserve the environment more.” Kaley Necessary, Biology/Pre-med major
IWU students also wrote letters which YECA delivered later that week to Rev. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent of the Wesleyan Church. When YECA spoke to Lyon, she recorded this response:
“Actually, it’s God’s call from the beginning, when he told us to care for his creation, to care for what he has created for us, and he’s made us stewards of this. And we have neglected that for many years, and now we see results….this is a call to God’s people, ad this time, in the twenty-first century.” Rev. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent, Wesleyan Church