An Earth Care Congregation
Stewardship of the Earth: “An Earth Care Congregation”
The 2006 General Assembly passed a resolution encouraging all Presbyterians to live “carbon-neutral” lives. It was a call for church members to take responsibility for the greenhouse gas emissions generated by their cars, plane trips and home appliances by reducing them and purchasing “carbon offsets”. The action received little media attention, but the implications “are revolutionary,” says John Topping, president of the Climate Institute in Washington, D.C. “This appears to be the first time that a major religious denomination in any nation has called on each of its members to bear witness to their faith by becoming carbon neutral.”
Join with other Christians to commit to living “green lives.”
Simple ways to reduce personal carbon use
- 900 lbs – Replace 5 incandescent light bulbs with five compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- 300 lbs – Use sleep settings on your computer at work and at home.
- 600 lbs – Stop leaky appliances. When not in use, unplug appliances that require direct currents – such as stereos, VCRs, DVD players, TVs and others.
- 600 lbs – Use cold water instead of hot water for every load of laundry.
- 260 lbs – Drive less. Commit to shaving off 5 miles in car rides each week. Bike, walk, or use public transit.
- 300 lbs – Send out one less 30 gallon bag of garbage per week. Recycle. Compost. Buy in bulk and use fewer packaged goods.
- 1,700 lbs – Take one less domestic flight. Go by bus or train. Combine trips. Or just stay home.
Enough for Everyone
Living as global disciples: creative hands-on actions for congregations
Global Warming is likely to increase hunger and will hit the poor hardest. We are called as Christians to love our neighbors and, how we, individually and corporately, react to climate change and our own role in causing global warming demonstrates this witness to God. While the link may not appear obvious at first, reducing our energy use, particularly our use of fossil fuels, is one way of demonstrating our love for our neighbors.
Offset your carbon use. See PCUSA carbon pricing policy