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Equity & Climate Justice Resource

Posted on June 19, 2020

We can no longer overlook the the connection between climate change and racial and social inequities.  The climate crisis is a manifestation of a structural violence against both the people and the environment, with roots in colonialism, capitalism, and other systemic forms of oppression against black and brown bodies.  Black, indigenous, and people of color have historically been, and will continue to be, disproportionately affected by climate change.  There have been generations of injustices committed against
Sustainability in Mennonite Higher Education In early June, the Center met virtually with faculty, students, and staff from Mennonite institutions in Canada and the United States for a pre-conference for the Mennonite Sustainability Summit for Higher Education.  Due to COVID-19, the summit has been postponed until 2021, but collaboration and planning are still underway.  Institutions potentially involved are Canadian Mennonite University, Fresno Pacific University, Hesston College, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Goshen College, Eastern Mennonite University,

Center welcomes summer interns

Posted on June 8, 2020

Center welcomes summer interns As the Center adapts to recent challenges posed by the global pandemic, we are excited to announce that we will have two summer interns joining us remotely.  The summer internship positions are part of our student engagement programming initiatives.  This year, we are welcoming Dhiraj Adhikari as our Climate Advocacy Intern and Judith Marklin as our Communications Intern. Dhiraj Adhikari, currently located in Austin, Texas, is a rising senior at Tabor

2 Comments

  • Gabe Miller

    Thank you for speaking up about this. As a former CSCS ambassador, I look forward to seeing an intersectional analysis worked into the way CSCS trains its ambassadors and works with pastors moving forward.

    I would also love to see CSCS go public with support for #Defund the police as a specific policy platform that will help protect black bodies and provide funds to invest in healthy, sustainable communities. I see a strong connection between defunding the police, an institution with its roots in racism and violence, and the anabaptist tradition of pacifism.

    Thanks for all you do. Let’s keep pushing ourselves to be even bolder in our pursuit of justice.

  • Doug Graber Neufeld

    Gabe – Thanks for your comments! As one of our CSCS alumni (having been an ambassador at Goshen College), we’re delighted by your continued engagement. In fact, we’re pleased that our alumni in general have stayed connected with us, and continue with their passion for climate change, including how it intersects with various other social justice issues.

    We strongly stand with the Black Lives Matter movement, and we are pleased that the majority of Americans likewise now support the goals of that movement. And we hear your call for public backing of #Defund the police. As we understand this movement, many of the goals we agree with. For instance, any efforts to boost funding for social services are admirable, and examples of increases in community resilience that parallel what is needed for communities to adapt to climate change. At the same time, we’re aware that there are differing perceptions of what this phrase means, and that has politicized the phrase. Given our strong desire to build conversations across the political spectrum, we also move cautiously with anything that might draw us into the ‘culture wars’ which pervade our society at the moment. Admittedly that may come across too cautiously for some.

    As this resource indicates, there is no question that racism, environmental justice, climate change, and many other issues, are interwoven and must be addressed together. Our desire within CSCS is to respond in concrete, programmatic ways which will keep racism front-and-center for us over the long term. For instance, training for incoming ambassadors will now include a section on the intersection between racism and climate justice. And as CSCS starts a process of envisioning where we want to be in 5 years, issues of racism will be part of our planning. As we work at all of these goals, both short- and long-term, we welcome additional suggestions from our readers.

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