A Ministry of the ELCA - Supported by World Hunger

Care for God’s Creation

August is National Water Quality Month!  Here are are some resources:

From the Office of the Governor:  080123_Proclamation_National Water Quality Month

Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame

Department of Natural Resources

Clean Wisconsin

On March 21, 2023, LOPPW with Faith in Place held a successful advocacy day at First United Methodist Church and the Wisconsin State Capitol.  It is not too late to lift your voices to care for God’s creation.

Focus on Energy Issue Paper

PFAS Issue Paper

Adaptation to Climate Change Issue Paper

Requests & Talking Points


Sponsors included the Wisconsin Council of Churches and Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice.

Wisconsin has its first Clean Energy Plan!

State of Wisconsin Clean Energy Plan

Press Release from Governor Evers

“Climate Change: a threat to human wellbeing and health of the planet.  Taking action now can secure our future.”

This is a recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations’ body for assessing the science related to climate change.  Read report HERE.

Conference of Parties 26 (COP26)

COP 26 Highlights

COP26 closes with ‘compromise’ deal on climate, but it’s not enough, says UN chief – News for the UN

Prayer at the end of COP26

Blog post for Interfaith Power & Light

Interview of young adult delegate, Rebecca Rajakanthan, from Lutheran World Federation

What is COP26 and why is it important to our planet? Wednesday Noon Live!  Video


Our Climate Events & Workshops

Faith Advocacy for Climate Justice – March 18th, 2021

News Coverage on WKOW.

Fasting for Climate Justice Event featuring the Wisconsin 7

The Wisconsin 7 held rallies in Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee, Madison, and Cameron during their fast.
For news coverage from March 6th rally co-organized with LOPPW in Madison click HERE or HERE.

Video Testimonies on Climate Change

Pastor Nick Utphall, Madison Christian Community, Madison: Video
WKOW-TV Senior Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier, Oregon, WI: Video
Mr. Bill Mattson, retired ecologist, member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rhinelander: Video
Dr. Peter Bakken, Wisconsin Council of Churches and Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light: Video
Ms. Marie Fellbaum Korpi, retired teacher, Manitowoc:  Video
Rabbi Bonnie Margulis, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice:  Video
Mr. Kyle Minden Minden, LOPPW Hunger Advocacy Fellow:  Video

Climate Resources

Equipping the Saints Webinar: Great Video Resource on Caring for God’s Creation Presentation by Rev. Nick Utphall for a webinar hosted by the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin.

Tackling the PFAS Crisis in Wisconsin: Wisconsin PFAS Action Plan

Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change Report – Found here. Released on December 8, 2020.

Letter to the Editor of the Badger Herald by former LOPPW Intern Evan Sadlon:  UW must commit to 100% renewable energy

Press Release on caring for God’s Creation, also to serve as examples for offering feedback to the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change (thank you to the six bishops, our new climate team, and the council for signing on:  Press Release.

Press Release for letter to all WI State Assembly and WI State Senate members. Revised Climate press release Team & Bishops – September 2020.

The Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change now has a website with info on upcoming hearings and info on how to make comments. Take a look and stay tuned for more details about how to join a virtual public hearing!  WEBSITE

LOPPW Press Release: Another crisis that shines light on inequities, and the Governor’s Task Force on Climate Change. LOPPW Press Release

Blog by Intern Evan Sadlon: Should we talk about climate change with so much else happening?  

Impacts of Climate Change in Wisconsin – an interview with Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier:  VIDEO


Earth Day Background & Resources



Wisconsin Water Resource Guide

Video Presentation on the State of Water and proposed state budget led by Director Rev. Cindy Crane and Faith and Vocation Fellow Sarah Schultz at People of Faith United for Justice Advocacy Day 2019.

I’m interested in solar energy.  Where do I begin?  If you are interested in solar for your home, church, other nonprofit, business, or home, check out the assistance Renew Wisconsin can direct you to!

SCSW Steps to Caring for God’s Creation

2017 Care of Creation Flyer


COP25 – United Nations Climate Conference 2019

Pastor Cindy attended COP25!   Here is her Press Release.

Resources written by members of various faith groups (including the ELCA) under the leadership of Texas Impact:   COP25 Resource for Churches

Videos of some of the panel discussions at COP25:

Human Rights and Climate Change

Loss and Damages Part 1       Loss and Damages Part 2

Inspiring Courage to Act and Adapt in a Climate Emergency


Renewable Energy

Dane County Public Works – Sustainability and Renewable Energy Projects  from LOPPW’s What’s Working in Wisconsin: Public and Private Uses of Renewable Energy event. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi was the keynote speaker.  Unfortunately, the sound for his presentation did not videotape well.  However,  Dane County Executive Parisi speaks about many of the same Dane County accomplishments as he did at our conference in this video:

Videos from What’s Working in Wisconsin on October 6, 2018:

Abby Attoun, City of Middleton
Rajan Shulka, City of Madison
Heather Allen, RENEW Wisconsin
Pastor Nick Utphall, Advent Lutheran Church in Madison
Andy Weiland, Oregon School District
Chief Meteorologist Bob Lindmeier, Moderator 


Resources from the ELCA and ELCA World Hunger:

From ELCA World Hunger: Climate change could push more than 100 million people into poverty in just the next 15 years.  “Climate change hits the poorest the hardest,” says World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, “and our challenge now is to protect tens of millions of people from falling into extreme poverty because of a changing climate.”

ELCA Social Statement on Caring for God’s Creation

Find other climate resources on the ELCA Advocacy Resources page.


Coalition & Interfaith Resources

LOPPW is part of a new Wisconsin Climate Table and is also a member of RE-AMP

Find other excellent resources from our partners in climate justice: Lutherans Restoring Creation Wisconsin Interfaith Power & Light.


Portico Benefits Services for the ELCA 

Portico Benefit Services, which operates the retirement funds of ELCA employees,determined that members prefer environment screening along with positive investments in renewable/clean energy, energy efficiency, etc. through our existing social purpose funds over fossil fuel-free fund.” Rev. Nick Utphall, member of the South-Central Synod Care for God’s Creation Team, helped with these efforts with Lutherans Restoring Creation. Thank you, Pastor Nick and LRC!