Climate Hope Cards contest winners to be announced Jan. 14

It’s almost time to find out what youth artwork will grace postcards calling for climate action.

The United Church of Christ’s Climate Hope Cards Art Contest will culminate in an award ceremony Jan. 14 on Zoom. Winners will be announced during this event, which will kickoff at 3 p.m. ET.

Launched in the fall, the contest collected submissions from UCC and other church kids all across the country. The final tally includes nearly 900 entries representing more than 300 churches from almost every state and the District of Columbia.

“Folks have said they used the contest as a successful way to reach out and reconnect with families that drifted during the pandemic,” said Andy Wells-Bean, UCC environmental justice fellow and Climate Hope Cards campaign organizer. “Others said it was their most popular Sunday School activity in years.”

The contest “provided the impetus for us to talk with our kids — and grandkids in our case — about the environment and the importance of caring for and enjoying God’s good green earth,” said Elizabeth Griego, a member of First Congregational Church Sonoma in Sonoma, Calif., and the co-chair of congregation’s Earth Care Alliance.

The campaign will print winning designs on postcards, which congregations will be able to order at a later date. The postcards then can be sent to local and federal lawmakers in a plea for swift action on climate justice.

“Sincere thanks to all the kids, parents, church staff and volunteers who participated in the Climate Hope Cards Art Contest,” Wells-Bean said. “Join us on Zoom to learn who the lucky winners will be!”

Register for the award ceremony here.

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