We are pleased to announce our recent membership on the Centre for Sustainable Climate Solutions’ (CSCS) Board of Reference. The CSCS is a joint initiative with Eastern Mennonite University, Goshen College, and Mennonite Central Committee. Its mission is to work with like-minded Anabaptists and other faith groups to devise innovative solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change. CSCS’ Board of Reference is made up of members who provide an outside perspective on CSCS’ vision, mission, and activities.
Considering MEDA’s long commitment to climate action, its membership on the CSCS Advisory Council is a natural fit. For over twenty years, we have strived to be more environmentally sustainable in our projects. Some of our past Environment and Climate Change (ECC) work includes releasing our first Environmental Sustainability Policy statement in 1999, having our first environmental impact assessment training in 2001 and incorporating environmental components into our projects in Zambia and Senegal. To date, MEDA’s ECC initiatives are active in nine of its projects across the world, including Ukraine, Jordan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria, Nicaragua, and Senegal and ECC is a core component of every project’s design.
As a reflection of our ECC goals, we are pleased to be a lead partner in CSCS’ Climate Ride that is designed to raise awareness of climate change. This event takes place from May to July of this year and involves thousands of likeminded cyclists riding across America, beginning in Seattle, Washington and ending in Washington, D.C. The event will also provide us with a unique opportunity to engage with diverse voices across North America and abroad that are eager to tackle this pressing problem facing our world.
Through our membership with the CSCS Board of Reference, MEDA can offer its expertise on the unequal impact of climate change on women and girls, climate collaboration, green finance, and our work to build resilience within agri-food market systems. MEDA will also benefit from research collaboration, internships, and networking opportunities and using CSCS tools, it will be able to measure the carbon footprint in its projects. Overall, we are pleased to respond to the growing voices among our donors and others in the Mennonite community to mitigate the harmful effects of climate change.