In 2004, our congregation, embarked on a building program to acquire our own facilities. In addition to the usual building committee, council also appointed a Creation Stewardship Committee tasked with minimizing our impact on the creation.
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I am not an environmentalist. I believe there are many worse things in this world happening that are a bigger priority than being energy efficient. But I can’t help being practical and smart either. My Reformed Dutch upbringing screams at inefficiency and waste.
The Paris meetings will likely provide a once-in-a-decade opportunity for the CRCNA to further implement Synod 2012’s powerful statement on climate change, calling for involvement and advocacy at all levels.
We can envision a solution to the worst of climate change, a sustainable future for the world. And we can envision the alternative, a world ravaged by rising temperatures. But we're never very clear about how we’ll end up at either end...
As we move beyond this historic agreement it is the responsibility of Christians and religious communities of all kinds to hold their governments to the commitments made in Paris.
My Christian tradition puts me, a creature, as a part of creation. Indeed, I have wisdom and power to cultivate and create, but I also have the power to harm. We have made a commitment in Paris, and now we need to act on it.
In assessing what is most important in my life and what I want to do with my time post-retirement, love of God’s creation and love of family and friends (including the church) are right at the top.
For international relief and development staff working with communities on the front lines of climate change, the compounding effects of a slight increase in sea level or temperature can mean the difference between success and famine.
In this time of Lent, I'm reminded again of the great commandment to love God and our neighbours. I've learned that loving and honoring God means caring, stewarding, and preserving God’s good creation and the environment around us.
If passed, what would the effect of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act be? How would we know? What should we know to responsibly lobby for or against it?