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Climate Change

God created the earth, and it is sacred. As Psalm 24:1 proclaims, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all that is in it.” Therefore we are called to stewardship of the earth. When we work to protect creation, we are answering God’s call to till and keep the garden (Genesis 2:15). In the face of deepening ecological crises caused by the earth’s warming, our call to act as earth’s caretakers takes on more meaning. Our efforts will curtail the shrinking of sacred waters, the endangerment of living creatures of every kind, and the vulnerability of our brothers and sisters in developing countries.  Read more on biblical principles for environmental stewardship.

The Union of Concerned Scientists has identified food, transportation, and home energy as the three key areas that need action to help stem climate change. Below, you can find links to learn more about these issues, get ideas on how to take action, and access theological reflections below in order to help your congregation care for God’s creation.

 Read the PCUSA policy "The Power to Change: U.S. Energy Policy and Global Warming"

Read the "Guide to Going Carbon Neutral" that accompanied PCUSA policy in 2006.

Recent statement to EPA from J. Herbert Nelson on carbon emissions.

Food issues

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  • A bounty of fruitsThe Hunger Program’s Just Eating? Practicing Our Faith at the Table curriculum helps congregations make connections between food and faith by exploring food’s impact on our health, the earth, and humanity.  The curriculum is available for middle school students or high school students and adults.
 

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Transportation

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  • Learn about the Cool Congregation Campaign that Stone Church in San Jose, California promotes in its congregation.  Each month the congregation has a new challenge to reduce carbon emissions.  The April 2009 challenge surrounded issues of transportation.
 

Take action

  • Visit HopStop.com to find out more about mass transit routes in many of America’s larger cities.
  • Host an Alternative Transporation Sunday, encouraging members to safely walk, bike, take public transportation or carpool to work. Use this worksheet to estimate carbon emissions saved!
 

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Energy use

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Theological reflection

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General

Learn more

  • The National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program has a wealth of resources on many aspects of climate change and other environmental issues available for download on their Web site.
 

Take action

 

Theological Reflection

  • The Regeneration Project has posted several sermons related to global warming.

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Presbyterian Church policies on environmental issues

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  • Linked to you through appalachiancarbonpartnership, but am at GA right now, I am a water chemistry and technology scientist In Chicago Presbytery. Would like to explore ways to support GHG reduction through algae-farming having both for-profit and not-for -profit implications. by James Van Camp on 07/06/2012 at 10:32 a.m.

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