Monday, March 15, 2010

Climate Justice - A Lenten Journey of Discovery, Week 3

Climate Change and Health - An Action

As climate change continues to unfold, the impacts on communities and creation alike are and will be devastating. The story of the Yupik in Alaska and the indirect impacts that climate change is having on their health and well being is an example of the interconnectedness of all of God’s Creation and an example of the challenging situation that we have created through our patterns of consumption and dependence on fossil fuels.

There are many changes that will need to be made in order to prevent some of the worst impacts of climate change from taking place. One of these changes can protect both God's creation and God's people. We need to shift to renewable, sustainable and clean energy. This includes wind power, solar power, and geothermal power along with new emerging technologies such as tidal power and cellulosic ethanol.

Shifting our dependence to these forms of energy not only reduces air pollution creating healthier communities but it also reduces our impact on God's Creation. The process through which we obtain wind power is much less devastating than the oil and gas exploration that are currently devastating Mountains in Appalachia and Wyoming plains.

In addition, renewable energy and energy efficiency are the key to a successful green jobs future for all of the U.S. A recent study showed that a 25% renewable energy standard by 2025 would create more than 274,000 new jobs just from energy production alone. This does not include many of the indirect jobs that would result from this developing industry.

We have the resources to power our homes and congregations with renewable and sustainable energy forms and we must be willing to make the transition. Please urge your Senators to enact a strong Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) that will prioritize wind and solar over coal and oil.

Click here to send an email to your Senator calling for a strong RES that will protect God's Creation and God's children.

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