By Ilka Vega

The start of a new year is always an opportunity to remind ourselves of the work we’ve done and take a fresh look at our goals and work ahead. This past 2022, United Women in Faith members took over 7,748 legislative actions for creation justice through our Just Energy for All campaign. Over 1,835 UWFaith members and friends also joined our monthly webinars to learn about intersecting topics between justice and the energy transition.  Last November, United Women in Faith along with a UMC Delegation that included Global Ministries and General Board of Church and Society, and Wespath also participated in the UN COP27 Climate Conference. Along with climate justice partners we advocated for the US to pay its “fair share” of Climate obligations, including a newly established Loss and Damage Fund to support climate vulnerable countries.

This 2023, we will continue to mobilize UWFaith members and friends to advance climate justice at home and at the international level. We will also work to guarantee that the biggest Climate Action legislation in the US, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is not only green but just. We will work to ensure; the administration abides by its Justice40 principle and that the IRA allocated funding for the energy transition prioritizes frontline and BIPOC communities. Through collaboration with other UMC agencies, as well as interfaith and environmental justice organizations, we will work to provide resources for UWFaith local units, houses of worship and small EJ organizations in frontline communities to apply for available funds. These funds can be used to install renewable energy systems and energy saving installations which can be submitted for reimbursements as Direct Payments.

Learn more about how local communities and congregations are leading the just and renewable energy transition.  Subscribe to our climate justice newsletter and attend our IRA funding webinars to learn how you can do the same!