Held campus outreach events and trained 80 student leaders from 12 colleges on semester-long environmental stewardship and climate change curriculum at Central American and Southern Pacific campuses.
- Hosted 20 student leaders for a national gathering in Washington D.C. for a week of training to learn how better to lobby on climate change and human justice.
- Formed new partnerships with Energy Action (student coalition experienced in energy audits), Floresta (a ministry dedicated to reforestation), and the Evangelical Environmental Network.
- Released the Evangelical Youth Climate Initiative, a declaration signed by America's Evangelical youth demanding greater focus on climate change by America's churches and elected leaders.
Recently, a list of 86 evangelical leaders signed a statement calling for action on global warming - Over 50% of those signatures were presidents of Christian colleges. At the same time that Restoring Eden is working on these campuses doing grassroots advocacy, Creation Care Study Program (CCSP), a collaborative program, is engaged in academic/leadership development through college level transformative education and leadership training programs. CCSP specifically engages these issues through a rigorous study abroad program for North American evangelical college students based in Belize and the South Pacific where they learn about the impacts of global warming. Thus, together Restoring Eden and CCSP are harnessing a powerful synergy on Christian colleges in order to fulfill our CGI commitment.
Reverend Trimble Gilbert, village priest and traditional chief of the Gwich'in tribe of the Arctic refuge and Peter Illyn of Restoring Eden traveled on a speaking tour of evangelical Christian colleges to build awareness of the human costs of global warming and energy policy. During The Cross and the Caribou speaking tour, Rev. Gilbert discussed the impacts that global warming is having on the indigenous people of the far north. The tour included a conference of 350 evangelical students hosted by students at Calvin College in Michigan.