Get Involved in Climate Change Efforts
As Christians, we have a responsibility to be good stewards of God’s creation. According to the International Panel on Climate Change we’re already seeing increasing average temperatures, more warm days and nights and fewer cold days and nights, more heat waves, changing rainfall patterns, melting glaciers, and sea level rise. By failing to pass strong climate change legislation, we also fail at our role as stewards by not protecting the most threatened of God's species and their critical habitats.
We are also called as Christians to faithfully speak truth to power and to “Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:8-9) We are deeply concerned that the poor and vulnerable in our country and around the world will have little or no voice in this vital discussion. As a result of climate change, some groups of people are much more likely to be harmed than others. The most vulnerable tend to be the youngest and the oldest among us, and the poor, both domestically and internationally. These brothers and sisters have the fewest resources and capacity to escape the costs of climate change. We all know too well who is left behind and who pays the greatest price when disaster, floods or droughts occur.
Cutting emissions of greenhouse gases from our vehicles, industries, homes, and churches is the most meaningful step to turn the tide of global warming. Another solution include "carbon sequestration," which is a fancy way of saying "replanting forests to reabsorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere."
Focus on the small things affecting climate change that you are responsible for and can be conscious about: food, energy, transportation, and consumption.
*Food: Eat locally grown food to reduce food transportation miles.
*Energy: use less; unplug unused appliances.
*Transportation: Ride a bike, use public transportation, carpool.
*Consumption: Buy second-hand items; buy less.
*Water: Stop buying bottled water and use the tap (filter if you prefer).
*Reduce the waste: Compost your organic waste, rather than sending it to a landfill with the rest of your trash. Organic waste that goes to landfills decomposes anaerobically (without oxygen), thereby producing methane gas, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. See a list of materials that can and cannot be composted.
Plant trees to recapture carbon dioxide.
Sponsor a reforestation project in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, or Central America through Plant with Purpose.
Find a volunteer project in your community to help plant trees through the Arbor Day Foundation.
Get your church involved
Find out how to measure and reduce your congregation's carbon footprint at www.coolcongregations.com.
The EPA, the President, your US representative and senators, and other public leaders need to hear that you demand action on the threat of global warming. Be sure to tell them you're a Christian! We must pass strong climate change legislation that includes:
1. The strongest emissions standards in line with science.
2. Funding for climate change adaptation for the poor - both domestically and internationally
3. Support for green jobs, renewable energy, and energy conservation and efficiency.
4. Protection of the most threatened of God's species and their critical habitats.
Climate Stabilization Targets: Emissions, Concentrations, and Impacts over Decades to Millennia (A report by the National Academy of Sciences. Download the PDF for free.)
"A Climate for Change" by Katharine Hayhoe