From styrofoam cups at coffee hour to paper towels in the restrooms, churches generate a lot of waste. But by diligent recycling, composting and cutting paper and plastic consumption, your church can reduce that waste. Check out how Church of the Nativity in Raleigh, N.C., is encouraging the Zero Waste Church. (Photo: UofSLibrary, Creative Commons)
There is compelling scientific evidence that devastating Hurricane Florence is not a fluke of nature, but rather the result of climate change. Axios does a wonderful job of reporting and linking to the studies that paint an overall picture of weather gone wild. (Photo: Roberto Rizzato, Creative Commons)
Plastic … the miracle substance that changed our way of life is also causing huge environmental problems, especially in the oceans. Your congregation can become an environmental leader by educating people about the problem and encouraging them to adopt these handy tips to cut plastic waste. From 4Ocean.com. (Photo: Bo Eide, Creative Commons)
Wildfires in the West, flooding in the East, record temperatures around the world. 2018 is shaping up to be one of the hottest years on record, and scientists project things will get only worsex And yet 2018’s crises show just how unprepared we are for climate change. From the New York Times. (Photo: Takver, Creative […]
It’s an all-around win when a church becomes a “Cool Congregation” to save energy, cut greenhouse gas emissions and free up money in the process. Interfaith Power & Light’s “Cool Congregation” program can show you how to mobilize God’s people to get involved in caring for God’s creation. (Photo: Michael Coghlan, Creative Commons)
“God never intended for us to use his creation in the destructive way that we do today,” writes Jennifer Belknap, a sophomore at the University of Portland (OR), in ChristianityToday. Her deeply personal essay explores the state of God’s creation and what we can do to help as individuals or churches. What can YOU do?
Check out Quartz’s inspirational profile of Katherine Hayhoe, an evangelical Christian and director of the Climate Science Center of Texas Tech University. A worldwide lecturer on how humans are changing the planet, Hayhoe speaks prophetically about how our faith calls us to care for the planet. And like all prophets, she gets pushback.
Designing a 98-square-foot house brought freedom for United Methodist Pastor Rebecca Rutter. “Whenever you design or build something,” Rutter explains, “you have to think, what’s the priority here?” Rutter’s house helped her to focus on people and Jesus. Read her story and explore links from UMC Communications. (Photo: UMC Communications)
When the outside temperature soars, so does energy usage to keep the church building cool. But modifying how you use and control the air conditioning system can help save money that you can use instead for mission. From worshipfacilities.com. (Photo: Jill, Jellidonut … whatever, Creative Commons)
For faithful resources on environmental issues — or just a little inspiration — check out Catholic Climate Covenant, a nonprofit dedicated to helping God’s people not only understand challenges facing creation, but also help through advocacy and action.