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April Meeting Guide: I am Climate Change and I am Migration

There are a variety of reasons individuals are forced to migrate from their homelands.  The cause that often takes the helm in media outlets is political unrest; people flee from their homelands because they are afraid of being killed.  Another reason is the inability to sustain life within many countries as a result of climate change.  Due to changes in climate over recent decades, certain areas around the world no longer receive seasonal rains and face severe drought, leading to crop failure.  Without crops, not only are farmers out of business, but families are without food leading to malnutrition and the risk of starvation.  Utilize the resources in this meeting guide to learn about how climate change is a root cause of migration.  

April 2019 

Key Theme:  I am Climate Change and I am Migration 

Opening Prayer - Together in Your Grace

Community Building

  • Welcome any new CRS Student Ambassadors and ask what they are most excited about.  
  • Icebreaker question:  What is your favorite spring activity?  

Catholic Social Teaching - Care for God's Creation 

  • CST 101:  Care for God's Creation
  • Reflect:  
    • How do you contribute to climate change in your daily life?  
    • How can you see the drastic effects of climate change around the world?  
    • What was can you and your campus contribute to a greener society? 

CRS on the Ground:  Climate Change and Migration 

  • Watch:  I am Climate Change 
  • Learn:  Coffee Farmers Face Increasing Pressure to Migrate
  • Learn:  Climate Change in Guatemala Causes Migration to the United States
  • Learn: 10 Things in Your Home Linked to Climate Change
  • Watch: Catholic Teaching on Welcoming Refugees 
  • Review:  The Collection of Pope Francis' Writings on Human Trafficking and Migration from 2013 to 2017

Act Now 

  • Build and Maintain Relationships with Your Members of Congress
    • Did you participate in the Spring "Voice Your Values" Advocacy Initiative
      • If so, tell us how it went by filling out this quick form
      • If not, it's not too late!  The spring semester may be coming to an end, but advocacy never goes out of season.  Use this how-to-guide to plan a meeting your your members of Congress anytime of the year.  Consider an opportunity over the summer for students and staff who will be in the area.  
  • Text-to-Sign 
    • Use this feature to take immediate action on the issue of climate change:  
      1. Text "I am Climate Change" to 30644
      2. Click the link that will automatically respond 
      3. Enter your information and personalize the letter
      4. Hit "submit" and become an advocate
    • Use this feature to take immediate action on the issue of migration:  
      1. Text "I am Migration" to 30644
      2. Click the link that will automatically respond 
      3. Enter your information and personalize the letter
      4. Hit "submit" and become an advocate

Campus Action Planning 

Closing Prayer - May It Please You