Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University | Climate Migration and Faith: Developing a communication and action plan that church leaders can use to mobilize community engagement on the challenges of climate migration. | Goal 5: Thriving ecosystems, habitats, and biodiversity. | Goal 7: A fossil fuel-free LA County. | Goal 11: Inclusive, transparent, and accountable governance that encourages participation in sustainability efforts, especially by disempowered communities.

Professional Development and Educational Outreach

This project creates a unique curriculum-based communication and action plan for Protestant church leaders who wish to join the conversation on climate migration, but don’t presently know how to do it. Far too few understand how climate change will affect their communities in ways that demand serious action and long-term behavior modification, both here and abroad. Fewer still have thought through the demands that climate change will make on their resources and mission as they seek to support their neighbors. This plan, the first of its kind, connects the experience of climate migration to potent themes of exile, migration, refuge and respect for the earth featured throughout Biblical texts, and lays out possible steps to support climate migrants.

Team: Chris Doran, Professor of Religion, Founder and Coordinator of Sustainability Program; Noelle Alderton; Olivia Bretzius; Mharie Brigham; Clare Cornelius; Skylar Enge; Madison Fabbian; Kathryn Horvath; Autumnn Johnson; Gabrielle Johnson; Natalia Lovejoy; Allie McMullen; Alysse Quin; Savanna Scott; Elsa Weinfeld; Jaclyn Wishard; Dawnielle Wright

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