Weekly ECN Newsletter/Bulletin Insert: Air Conditioners and Michael Curry

Think having a green corner in your parish newsletter or bulletin is a great idea, but don’t have time to research or write one? Episcopal Climate News is here to help! Every Monday, to help Christians live out our faith in daily life, ECN will offer a green-living tip and a theological quote that your parish can use in its weekly newsletter or bulletin. Just copy/paste the text below for your parish communications, and feel free to edit as space requires. Share this week’s column on Facebook.

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Living on God’s Earth
By Episcopal Climate News, facebook.com/EpiscopalClimateNews

Episcopal Climate News green-living tip of the week: Turn down the air conditioner!

The AC might bring temporary relief from the heat, but the energy it uses also helps create that very same hot weather: More than 100 million tons of CO2 each year — the equivalent of 21.5 million cars.

A new report says that the number of ACs worldwide could triple by 2050. This would be bad news for the earth and the people who depend on it, doubling the amount of greenhouse-gas emissions from coal and natural-gas plants. The simple fact is, with exceptions for senior citizens and people with certain health issues, most of us don’t even need AC. Americans lived without it for centuries, and even today, only 8% of residents in the world’s hottest countries have it. Let’s care for God’s creation by keeping our ACs off whenever possible and never setting the summer thermostat below 73 degrees.

Episcopal Climate News quote of the week:

“God came among us in the person of Jesus of Nazareth to show us the way — to show us the way to stop living what is often a nightmare of our own human devising and to live something closer to God’s dream of God’s creation. God came among us in the person of Jesus to show us how to move from being individualized collections of self-interest, and how to become more than simply a human race… God came among us in Jesus to show us the way to become not just the human family, but how to become the family of God!… We’re here because the environment — no, the creation — is part of the family of God.”

– Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, July 5, 2017. Source: http://diocal.org/news/ecojustice-sermon

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