We are stewards. That means caring for God's creations and learning what more we can do.
Raising awareness is the first step toward fixing a problem. That's why BYU students are talking about climate change all year long with classmates, roommates, friends, professors, and loved ones all over the world. "Y Talk"—the name we're giving this campaign—invites everyone to participate, because we can't have this conversation without you.
Any meaningful interaction—in person, online, in class, at home, or anywhere else—counts. To record your conversations, scan the QR code above or click the button below. Working with BYU's amazing Geospatial Lab, we'll use mapping tools to show our collective reach and impact over time. Together, we'll raise awareness, explore solutions, build bridges, and change the world, one dialogue at a time.
By study and by faith
Whatever our background, each of us can add something meaningful to the conversation. In the past two years alone, leaders in economics, religion, journalism, politics, science, and other disciplines have visited BYU to discuss sustainability challenges. As Elder M. Russell Ballard put it, "I would hope you will continue to find creative solutions to help protect the future for all of God’s children in our world. We should do whatever we can to protect and preserve the earth, to make life better for those who will live here."
There's more to come. In October 2022, renowned environmentalist Paul Alan Cox will deliver a BYU Forum address on stewardship, followed by climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe in November. Learn more about these speakers here.
"What’s the most important thing we can do about climate change? Talk about it."
We can't do it alone. Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU's sponsoring institution, have been urged to be good stewards. In a recent worldwide address, Bishop Gérard Caussé said, "Considering our individual circumstances, each of us can use the bountiful resources of the earth more reverently and prudently. We can support community efforts to care for the earth. We can adopt personal lifestyles and behaviors that respect God’s creations and make our own living spaces tidier, more beautiful, and more inspirational." Because God's creations include mankind, he added that we must "love, respect, and care for all human beings with whom we share the earth...work tirelessly for peace and harmony among all nations of the earth...[and] do our very best to protect and bring solace and relief to the weak, the needy, and all those who suffer or who are oppressed." Read, watch, or listen to the full talk here.
"As God’s children, we have received the charge to be stewards, caretakers, and guardians of His divine creations."
For more resources on faith and stewardship, visit Latter-day Saint Earth Stewardship, a nonprofit and BYU Sustainability partner, or the Gospel Library entry on environmental stewardship and conservation.
A student-led campaign
Want to do more than just talk? Join the team of students, faculty, and staff who are driving this initiative, from creating content and coordinating events to mapping data and planning next steps.
Student leaders behind this campaign include Sterling Kerr, Olivia Burns, Karoline Busche Elle Compton, Elisabeth Currit, Danny Dudley, Kala'i Ellis, Sean Fitzgerald, Atlas Goodrich, Eliza Hammari, Chad Hyer, Jayden Itejere, Elias Johnson, Shannon Lambson, Katie Lawrence, Alex Long, Flynn Moore, Jacob Neil, Matthew Oschwald, Harriet Parkinson, Heather Phipps, Valeria Prieto, Mary Proteau, Ryan Quade, Molly Thatcher, and Nathan Thompson.
Staff and faculty advisors on this project include Teresa Gomez, Dr. Ben Abbott, Dr. Brigham Daniels, Dr. Chip Oscarson, Dr. Andrew South, Dr. Neil Hansen, and Bremen Leak.