Energy & Climate

10 MARCH 2017

Saving Energy: 5 Starting Points for Congregations

Where climate change is concerned, congregations can make a difference. The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that if 300,00 houses of worship cut their energy use by 10%, they could: Save 200% for other uses Make available 5.4 kilowatt hours electricity without additional cost or pollution Prevent 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions, equivalent to […]

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Video: Black Churches Are Going Green

This video calls the Black church to see the connection between climate change and social justice.  “Climate change is disproportionately effecting black communities.  Black children have higher rates of asthma.  Typically, you have a lot of food deserts.  You have individuals who don’t have access to healthy food,” says Tyson Lord Gray, an Environmental Ethics […]

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Green Your House of Worship: Tend the Grounds

Pick up trash, especially loose plastic bags (not a good meal for birds and small animals) Plant trees to the south and west to provide summer shade. Also think about positioning trees to block wind. Plant native species instead of imported ones. It’s called xeriscaping, and it uses less water. Skip the pesticides and weed […]

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Reduce Your House of Worship’s Carbon Footprint

Climate change is real, yet the problem can seem overwhelming.  A “carbon footprint” is the measure of the total amount of carbon dioxide that enters the atmosphere as a result of your congregation’s activities. Reducing carbon dioxide, the crucial greenhouse gas, is a crucial step to countering global warming. Quantifying the impact can make climate […]

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How Global Warming Works in Under 3 Minutes (Video)

Before we can solve a problem, we need to understand how it works.  In this video, several climate scientists explain just why the Earth is heating up in response to human industrial activity. Here’s their explanation in 35 words:  “Earth transforms sunlight’s visible light energy into infrared light energy, which leaves Earth slowly because it […]

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