Report from the Climate Resolution Coalition: Rev. Rich Killmer and Rev. Forrest Hoppe, liaisons

The second meeting of the Climate Resolution Coalition in Grand Rapids showed real growth. There are now 22 organizations that have officially joined the Coalition and several others were present at this meeting to learn more about the Coalition before they join.

One of the tasks assigned to the Justice and Peace Task Force, on behalf of Plymouth UCC, was to encourage other churches and faith-based organizations to join the Coalition. We are pleased to report that First United Methodist church has joined, at Forrest’s urging, which brings the total to-date of faith-based organizations in the Coalition to six. Both Rich and Forrest will continue these efforts, which include urging former Grand Rapids mayor, Rev. George Heartwell to join.

Rich agreed to serve on the Organizational Structure working group and Forrest is a member of the working group that is writing the resolution which will be submitted to the Grand Rapids City Commission. We continue to be grateful to Plymouth UCC for voting to join the Coalition and to advocate that the City Commission declare a climate emergency and create a plan for achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

We invite you to learn more about this endeavor and other projects of the Justice and Peace Task Force at this Sunday’s meeting (See meeting details in above section above).

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