I Am Climate Change

Global warming—a gradual rising of the earth’s temperature caused by increasing amounts of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere—is already transforming our planet. In 2012, the atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases had increased by 50 percent over 1990 levels.1 The failure to address climate change will cause a continued rise in temperature with devastating effects, including the loss of crops, reduced availability of water and catastrophic storms.2

While poor and vulnerable people in developing countries have contributed the least to the problem, they’re hit the hardest. It’s essential that wealthier nations help people in the developing world adapt. A leader in climate change adaptation, CRS is providing small farmers and poor communities with strategic ways to deal with climate change. We also have an opportunity to urge policy and decision-makers to institute policies that reduce carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions. We can work together to achieve a just and sustainable future for all people, and for our entire planet.

1Quirin Schiermeier, “The Kyoto Protocol: Hot Air,” Nature 491, no. 7426 (2012), 656.
2 IPCC, Climate Change 2014: Synthesis Report; Contribution of Working Groups I, II and III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (Geneva: IPCC, 2014), 6–19.

URGENT: TAKE ACTION NOW
Write a Letter

Turn your passion into action by urging Congress to protect the people impacted by climate change and institute policies that lead to a low carbon economy. It’s a quick and easy way to ensure your voice is heard. 

Host an Earth Day Rally

Organize your campus to respond to the pressing issue of climate change with an Earth Day rally.  Include prayer, education, advocacy, and fun, all in one event.  Or, use the ideas to incorporate into an already-planned Earth Day event on campus.


I AM CLIMATE CHANGE 101

Explore our wide range of tools and resources for mobilizing your campus to fight climate change. It’s everything you need to engage, educate and empower. 


LEARN & PRAY
I am Climate Change

Praying for Rain in Ethiopia

I am Climate Change

Praying for Rain in Ethiopia

I am Climate Change

The Vanishing Water of Bolivia

I am Climate Change

The Vanishing Water of Bolivia

I am Climate Change

Behind the Scenes: Lake Poopo

I am Climate Change

Behind the Scenes: Chacaltava Glacier

I am Climate Change

Conversations in Climate Change

I am Climate Change

Prayer of Stewardship

I am Climate Change

May it Please You

I am Climate Change

Why We Care for God's Creation

I am Climate Change

15 Women Farmers You Need to Meet

I am Climate Change

Building Resilience in Ethiopian Drought

I am Climate Change

Moving Up the Mountain: Coffee Farmers Fight Against Climate Change

I am Climate Change

Ethiopia Suffers Worst Drought in 50 Years

I am Climate Change

10 Ways to Help the World on Earth Day

I am Climate Change

Climate Change. It Changes Everything

I am Climate Change

Leo DiCaprio's Climate Speech Effect

I am Climate Change

El Nino & Ethiopia: Year of Extremes?

I am Climate Change

El Nino & Ethiopia: Year of Extremes?

I am Climate Change

Helping Farmers Adapt to Climate Change in Niger

I am Climate Change

The Science of Climate Change

I am Climate Change

CRS Applauds Obama Administration for funding Green Climate Fund

I am Climate Change

Restoring Coffee Farms in Guatemala

I am Climate Change

Farmers' Markets, Community and Climate Change

I am Climate Change

CRS Policy Paper on Mitigation: Toward a Sustainable Future

I am Climate Change

FLC Session: Climate Change in the World's Most Vulnerable Places [Adaptation]

I am Climate Change

FLC Session: A Primer on Climate Change Policy, Action and Ethics

I am Climate Change

Pope Francis's Call to Action

I am Climate Change

CRS Policy Paper on Adaptation: Adapting to a Harsher Climate

I am Climate Change

Prayers from Laudato Si

I am Climate Change

CST 101: Care for God's Creation

I am Climate Change

Read Laudato Si

I am Climate Change

Villanova University: I am the Solution

I am Climate Change

The Dry Corridor of Guatemala

I am Climate Change

The Dry Corridor of Guatemala Part II

I am Climate Change

Emergency Shelter and Settlement Recovery


CORE RESOURCES
Ambassador Calendar

Interactive calendar with hyperlinks to help plan your year on campus

A great summary of the campaign and three issue areas.  This can be distributed to others on campus.

Tips for Setting up an Advocacy Meeting

Quick tips for arranging an advocacy meeting with your members of Congress.

Tips for an Advocacy Meeting

Quick tips for ensuring that your advocacy meetings with Congress go well and are effective.

Recruiting One Pager

Quick tips for recruiting more people to join your efforts and attend your events.

Event Planning One Pager

Quick tips for planning great events on campus.


OTHER URGENT #IAM ISSUES
I am Migration
I am Human Trafficking

JOIN THE CONVERSATION
According to the World Health Organization, 150,000 people die each year from the effects of climate change. This number is expected to increase as the effects of climate change intensify.
150K people die each year from the effects of climate change — and that number is expected to rise. @CatholicRelief http://education.crs.org/issues/climate-change
The number of people living in extreme poverty could increase by up to 3 billion by 2050 unless urgent action is taken to tackle climate change, deforestation, and air and water pollution. (2013 Human Development Report, UNDP)
W/o urgent action on climate change, 3 billion more people could fall into extreme poverty by 2050. @CatholicRelief http://education.crs.org/issues/climate-change