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Climate Justice Clips: Countdown to Copenhagen, Day 2

This clip is one of my favourites. This is from an awesome mob called "smartMeme," a collective that shares much in common with "The Change Agency," who I do some facilitating for in Australia. If I was living in the states, this is definitely a group I would be working with and learning from.

I find deeply moving how they are listening and learning from the global south and providing a space where their voices are heard. I hope and pray that we as Christians are doing the same. Gopal Dayaneni from Movement Generation had me shouting "Amen. Amen. Amen!" when he closed the clip with "I believe in agency. I believe in ingenuity. I believe in the capacity of human being to change."

SERIES INTRO: This year alone, EPYC has run nonviolent climate justice workshops with more than 8,000 young people (most with little or no contact with Christianity), inviting them amid our ecological crisis to become [eco]prophets and introducing them to an understanding of Christianity that provides a spirituality of compassionate engagement modeled on Jesus (rather than indifferent escapism dressed up in Jesus-drag that simply reflects the patterns of the world). In the countdown to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen (COP15), these are some of the most popular, inspiring, informative, and provocative video clips we have used in our workshops.

Feel free to post them on your blog, send them to friends, share them in your sermons, small groups, and Bible studies. Let them help you "think critically, plot creatively, and act compassionately" in witnessing to the gospel's message of good news to our warming world -- not a lubricant for the destruction of God's good creation.

And join us in praying with Tim Costello and Brian McLaren for climate justice for the poor at Copenhagen.

portrait-jarrod-mckennaJarrod McKenna is seeking to live God's love as a dad, husband, brother, activist trainer, and [eco]evangelist. He is a co-founder of the Peace Tree Community serving with the marginalised in one of the poorest areas in his city, in Western Australia heads up an award-winning multi-faith youth service initiative called Together for Humanity, and is the founder and creative director of Empowering Peacemakers (E.P.Y.C.), for which he has received an Australian peace award in his work for empowering a generation of [eco]evangelists and peace prophets.

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