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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.

The Union of Concerned Scientists has identified food, transportation, and energy as the three key personal 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.

RECENT resources and ways to take action on climate on our blog! Resources for the fall 2015 visit of Pope Francis to the COP 21 talks in Paris in December 2015, and past resources from the December 2014 Presbyterian Hunger Program/PCUSA trip to Lima, Peru in conjunction with the UN COP 20 meeting.

Food issues


Eating local food, organic or sustainable food, and less meat are all ways your food choices can help to curb climate change.

Transportation


public-transportation-400pxPersonal actions to reduce the climate impact of your transportation include: driving less, driving a fuel efficient vehicle, purchasing carbon offsets, and encouraging fuel efficiency standards.

Energy


energy-efficient-lightbulb-400pxClimate change continues to accelerate as we consume vast amounts of energy, personally and corporately. There are myriad ways to reduce energy including changing to fuel efficient lighting and appliances and using better thermostats and natural heating/cooling techniques.

An illustration of Earth as a cracked egg

Personal Lifestyle Changes and Advocacy


  • Personal consumption of commercial products, purchasing choices (including our investments), and our willingness to do public policy advocacy locally and in connection to brothers and sisters around the world, are all vital ways to engage in climate change action.

Presbyterian Church policies on environmental issues