Episode 8: Melody Zhang on Rest, Honoring Creation, and Climate Justice from a Christian Perspective
Melody is passionate about environmental policy and planning as a testament to her love of place and people. She grew up in a Chinese American Christian church and holds a BA in Environmental Policy and Philosophy from the University of Michigan, where she was involved with greening efforts and worked for sustainability nonprofits. She sits as Co-Chair for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, a group dedicated to living faithfully as good stewards of the earth and advocating for climate policy solutions as part and parcel to their Christian witness. And recently, she was hired on as the Climate Justice Coordinator at Sojourners, a Christian advocacy organization and publication. In her free time she loves reading fiction, taking strolls in parks, and scoping out local gems!
It was wonderful to talk with Melody about her interests in the intersections between environmental science/studies and philosophy, how her faith influences her passion for climate justice, the importance of rest and community for sustaining activism, and how Christianity and environmentalism -- two things often held in opposition in today's increasingly polarized political discourse -- can actually work together. We are thankful for her thoughtful words!
YECA website: https://www.yecaction.org/
Sojourners website: https://sojo.net/about-us/our-history
Ecological Footprint Calculator: www.footprintcalculator.org
Thanks for joining in these conversations! We hope that you can find some useful nuggets of wisdom, feel both more vulnerable and more empowered, and perhaps feel something like community by listening to these interviews.