Earth Day is coming up this Sunday, April 22nd. The Earth Day Network is filled with all sorts of information.
One if its activities this year is the Live and Virtual Education Days – Earth Day on Capitol Hill 2007 in D.C. through April 20 this week.
On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets and parks to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment. Today, with a lack of political will in Washington, Americans must come together again to demand that our elected officials take immediate action on Global Warming.
We demand a greenhouse gas emissions cap — at 1990 levels by 2020, then 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 — and we won’t take no for an answer. To see a full description of our demands, see EDN’s Climate Change Position.
There is all sorts of other information and campaigns for people to participate. Earth Day Network also has a page on how faith leaders are using the pulpit to preach about climate change. Here is some information:
Thousands of faith leaders are using Earth Day to preach and teach on global climate change as a moral issue. Ask your clergy to give a sermon on climate change and sign the Earth Day 2007 Pledge.
Earth Day Resources for Communities of Faith:
- National Cathedral Spotlight on Global Warming Sermon, The Very Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III (pdf)
- Choose a reading about stewardship of the Earth for your service
- A Jewish Response to Climate Change, Rabbi Warren Stone (pdf)
- A Christian Call for Action on Climate Change, Rev. Theresa S. Thames (pdf)
Earth Day Links for Communities of Faith and Climate Change
Earth Day TV
A panel of religious leaders representing four religious faiths discuss the moral issues of global climate change. Watch Religious and Faith Leaders discuss Climate Change on Earth Day TV
The National Campus Day of Prayer and Reflection on Global Warming, April 20th-22nd, 2007
The National Campus Day of Prayer and Reflection on Global Warming is bringing people of all faiths from the different university communities across the U.S. to consider how their tradition speaks to the pressing issue of global warming, and to act as a springboard religious communities to become involved in action to fight global climate change. The National Campus Day of Prayer and Reflection is sponsored by Stanford Memorial Chapel at Stanford University, and Rockefeller Memorial Chapel and the Religion and the Environment Initiative at the University of Chicago. To link to the National Campus Day of Prayer and Reflection website, click here: http://globalwarmingprayer.wordpress.com/
Interfaith Power and Light
The Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) program is working nationally to mobilize religious communities to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation. IPL is working to establish Interfaith Power and Light programs in every state. Interfaith dialogues on Climate Change Solutions will take place in communities across the country this Earth Day. To find an IPL program in your state, go to: http://www.theregenerationproject.org/ipl/index.html
–> The Interfaith Power and Light (IPL): program is working nationally to mobilize religious communities to promote renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation. Interfaith Power and Light, a program of The Regeneration Project, is working to establish programs in every state. To find an IPL program in your state, go to: http://www.theregenerationproject.org/State.htm
National Council of Churches of Christ – Earth Day Sunday Page
Each year, the National Council of Churches’ Eco-Justice Working Group focuses on a particular environmental theme and highlights a number of ways individuals and congregations can celebrate and protect God’s creation. http://www.nccecojustice.org/Earth%20Day%20Index2.htm
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL)
Coalition on the Environmental and Jewish Life (COEJL) under the Take Action section of their site lists ways individuals, schools and synagogues can address global warming including a How-To Manual for Greening Local Synagogues, Schools and Offices. There are also Action Alerts on the site. http://www.coejl.org/action/ss_globalw.php
UU Ministry for the Earth
Resource for Unitarian Universalists on environmental issues, particularly global warming – this page has extensive resources on becoming a green sanctuary. http://uuministryforearth.org/index.shtml. Earth Sunday Resources Found here: http://uuministryforearth.org/earthsunday.html.
National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE)
National Religious Partnership for the Environment (NRPE) is an alliance of independent faith groups: the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Council of Churches U.S.A., the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and the Evangelical Environmental Network that have come together using both common biblical beliefs and their own traditions to offer religious resources for the protection of the Earth. http://www.nrpe.org/.
Interfaith Climate Change Network
A resource for communities of faith interested in global climate change with climate change statements, resources and links. http://protectingcreation.org/.
Climate Crisis Coalition Interfaith Initiative
The Climate Crisis Coalition is working with faith communities to broaden the circle of individuals, organizations and constituencies engaged in the global warming issue. Read the CCC Interfaith Call to Action at: http://www.climatecrisiscoalition.org/mayer-call-to-action.html and find out about their broader campaign at http://www.climatecrisiscoalition.org/.
Interfaith Works is a non-profit organization that partners with religious organizations to do good works by integrating environmental stewardship with community outreach. IW works with congregations to help connect their faith, their community and the environment. http://www.interfaithworks.org/.
Evangelical Environment Network
Evangelical Environment Network page on climate change/global warming lists a briefing for religious leaders, climate change as a Christian challenge, and fact sheets on environmental issues. http://www.creationcare.org/resources/climate/.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
The USCCB is an assembly of the Catholic Church hierarchy who work together to unify, coordinate, promote, and carry on Catholic activities in the United States. To read their statement on global climate change of the go to: http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/international/globalclimate.htm#introduction.
Buddhist Peace Fellowship
Buddhist Peace Fellowship’s open-hearted engagement with the world is expressed through expanding programs in the United States and Asia. Through BPF, Buddhists of many different traditions are developing individual and group responses to socially conditioned suffering. www.bpf.org.
Quaker Earthcare Witness
Quaker Earthcare Witness is a spiritually-centered movement of Quakers and like-minded people seeking ways to integrate concern for the environment with Friends’ long-standing testimonies for simplicity, peace, and equality. http://www.quakerearthcare.org.
Indigenous Environmental Network
The Indigenous Environmental Network is a network of Indigenous Peoples empowering Indigenous Nations and communities towards sustainable livelihoods, demanding environmental justice and maintaining the Sacred Fire of their traditions. http://www.ienearth.org/.
Resources on Global Warming
Energy Action Coalition
The Energy Action coalition unites a diversity of organizations in an alliance that supports and strengthens the student and youth clean energy movement in North America. The partners of Energy Action work together to leverage their collective power and create change for a clean, efficient, just and renewable energy future. The work of Energy Action is focused on four strategic areas: campuses, communities, corporate practices, and politics. http://www.energyaction.net/main/
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
USGBC is the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders from every sector of the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to worship, live and work. Their more than 7,200 member organizations and network of more than 80 regional chapters are united to advance their mission of transforming the building industry to sustainability. http://www.usgbc.org/
Stop Global Warming
An online campaign to educate people about the effects of global warming and mobilize community members to take action. http://www.stopglobalwarming.org/default.asp
Greenpeace International detailed information on cost savings of electricity through usage of energy saving devices. http://www.greenpeace.org/international/campaigns/climate-change
Climate Ark-Climate Change
Climate Ark-Climate Change Portal has climate change links to sites dealing with aspects of climate change through policy and programs. There are some international links. http://www.climateark.org/links/Advocacy/
Climate Solutions is a site geared for the Northwest. But solutions section is applicable no matter where you live http://www.climatesolutions.org/
Energy Star is a government backed program that educates individuals and businesses about preserving the environment through efficient energy usage. http://energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=about.ab_index
Energy Star page for congregations on using energy efficiently and links of interest http://energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=small_business.sb_congregations
Renewable Energy from Waste: I think It Is Green
I would like to explain to you that I am a UK waste management engineer.
I am a fan of the Anaerobic Digestion process.
Anaerobic Digestion uses waste to generate energy from organic materials, so there is none of the conflict which exists for bio-fuels which may end up competing with food crops.
Anaerobic Digestion needs help, because the technology needs further development, but it is taking off in Germany and Switzerland and many plants are being planned for the United Kigdom.
Anaerobic Digestion diverts waste away from landfills, and the resulting material is much less damaging to the environment. Plus of course if the organic fraction of Municpal Solid waste is anaerobically digested the remaining material is far less polluting even if it is placed and landfill.
Of course mostly this material is used as a fertilser and soil improver after Anaerobic digestion.
The rubbish from society is a massive issue for the health of the planet.
naerobic Digestion already practised in China and India in the small scale, has been being ignored by the big investors.
I wondered if this would be worthy a subject which you might cover in your blog?
There is more about Anaerobic Digestion and is all about renewable energy from waste materials here.