Ark and Dove
Earth Care Team
Mission: To care for God’s creation by connecting, equipping, and inspiring our members and neighbors to make creation care a central concern of the church and our lives.
I Corinthians 4:1
“Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.”
As an Earth Care Congregation, we are committed to the four categories of actions in the Presbyterian Earth Care Pledge:
· Education - Educate the congregation on the causes of climate change and actions that can be taken to lessen the effects
· Worship - Include Earth Care in our worship through hymns, prayers, and sermons
· Facilities - Make sure our building is as "green" as practically feasible
· Outreach - Work with community groups to advocate for policies to minimize the impact of climate change and to protect our environment
The world is not on track to reduce carbon emissions to meet the goal of less than 1.5 degrees C increase in global temperatures to avoid the worse effects of climate change. This means that in the future millions of the most vulnerable people will be affected by the warming of our climate. Hunger, disease, displacement, and violence will increase especially among the poor and disenfranchised. Our church cannot have a major impact on worldwide carbon emissions, but we can have an impact on how those in our community are affected. Climate change is a social justice issue and as a church we must work to ensure that there is equity in how we manage the societal changes caused by climate. We must advocate for social justice, educate on the effects of climate change and do what we can to reduce the church’s carbon footprint. God has commanded that we should be good stewards of the world God has given us. We must do better.
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