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Inside the Greenhouse

Welcome

By Emily Wirzba, Katie Breslin, September 25, 2017


We seek an earth restored. “Inside the Greenhouse” is a monthly newsletter which provides insight into FCNL’s environmental work, discusses opportunities to engage members of Congress on environmental issues, and shares stories of your work around the country.

This year, our climate team is joined by FCNL’s Advocacy Corps, a group of 20 young people nationwide, in working for congressional action on climate change.

Now is the time to act on climate change. We must not be deterred or disheartened by the enormity of the task and the systems we seek to change. Instead, we move forward with faith that what we seek is healthy, harmonious, and whole.

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The youngest amongst us will see the farthest reaching effects of climate change, and their voices bring a vital viewpoint to the climate debate. We couldn’t be more excited to have the Advocacy Corps working to foster bipartisan action on climate change in Congress. We hope that you will be inspired by the stories below. If you know of anyone who is interested in environmental issues, and how young people are effecting change at the federal level, please send them this link to subscribe to this newsletter as well!

Featured News:

There are currently 56 members of the Climate Solutions Caucus

The Climate Solutions Caucus is the first bipartisan body of its kind. It educates representatives on economically-viable options to reduce climate risk and explores bipartisan policy options that address the impacts, causes, and challenges of our changing climate. See who's involved.

Advocacy Corps Spotlight

In the News:

The devastation of Hurricane Irma has shown Florida the effects of climate change first hand. FCNL Advocacy Corps Organizer Kate Sundberg grew up in Florida, where she was involved in food justice and environmental activism. Kate is now a sophomore at Wesleyan University, studying chemistry and environmental studies. Given her ties to the area, Kate called for her representative, Vern Buchanan, to join the Climate Solutions Caucus, and to address the issues of climate change in a letter to the editor, published in the Herald-Tribune.

Herald Tribune: Thursday’s letters: Climate change, Confederate statues and more

Kate Sundberg

  • Middletown, Connecticut Advocacy Corps Organizer

Kate Sundberg is a sophomore at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT studying chemistry and environmental studies. for the College of the Environment for the Class of 2020.

In Action:

In an early September town hall meeting in Los Angeles, Jonathan Crisman asked his representative Karen Bass (CA) to invite her colleague, Representative Chris Smith (NJ) to join the climate solutions caucus with her, citing the bipartisan work that they had done in the past. Congresswoman Bass was surprised that Jonathan knew her work with Rep. Smith, and was very enthusiastic about the idea. She and asked for Jonathan’s contact information so she could follow up afterward about the Caucus. Our fingers are crossed that Representatives Bass and Smith will join the 28 Republicans and 28 Democrats who are committed to advancing climate solutions in the House of Representatives.

Jonathan Crisman

  • Los Angeles, California Advocacy Corps Organizer

Jonathan Crisman is a Los Angeles-based artist and urban scholar who works at the intersection of policy, participatory culture, and spatial justice. He holds degrees in architecture, urban planning, and geography from UCLA and MIT, and is currently working on his PhD in urban planning at USC.

Want more on the Advocacy Corps?

Check out Katie Breslin’s update on the Advocacy Corps' first month!

Emily Wirzba

  • Legislative Representative, Sustainable Energy and Environment

Emily Wirzba leads FCNL’s lobbying work to achieve bipartisan recognition of climate change and action in Congress. Emily meets with members of Congress and their staff to promote FCNL's environmental priorities. She also works closely with FCNL's network across the country to organize constituents to lobby, write, and advocate for bipartisan environmental action in Congress. She currently serves as co-chair of the Washington Interreligious Staff Community's Energy and Ecology Working Group.

Katie Breslin

  • Young Adult Program Manager

As FCNL’s Young Adult Program Manager, Katie organizes, trains, and supports the efforts of young activists and leaders to affect big, long-term change within Congress. She offers hands-on leadership experience for young people across the country who work on their college campus or in their home community to mobilize people to engage with Congress.