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Living on God’s Earth
By Episcopal Climate News, facebook.com/EpiscopalClimateNews
This week’s earth-friendly living tip: Switch your energy provider
While every single thing we do for creation matters, let’s be honest: Some actions have a bigger impact than others. One of the single biggest steps any of us can take is to make the switch from fossil fuels to clean energy. Even if you can’t put a wind turbine in your yard, you might still be able to get your electricity from one – and you might just save energy in the process, too!
Your utility company does two things: It buys electricity, and then it distributes that energy to customers like you. In many locations, you can contact the utility company and ask to switch energy sources, choosing a provider with more renewable energy in their portfolio. This information should be on their website, or you can call and ask. Results will vary by region, but this link from WikiHow gives a decent overview of the overall process: https://www.wikihow.com/Switch-Energy-Providers
As more and more consumers make this call (including businesses, schools, and churches), the market will notice, and begin to speed up its shift away from fossil fuels.
Episcopal Climate News quote of the week: The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori
“Individualism is basically unbiblical and unchristian… Salvation cannot be complete, in an eternal and eschatological sense, until the whole of creation is restored to right relationship. That is what we mean when we proclaim in the catechism that ‘the mission of the church is to restore all people to unity with God and each other in Christ’ and that Christian hope is to ‘live with confidence in newness and fullness of life and to await the coming of Christ in glory and the completion of God’s purpose for the world.’ We anticipate the restoration of all creation to right relationship, and we proclaim that Jesus’ life, death and resurrection made that possible in a new way.”
– Oceanographer and former Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, August 27, 2009, “Salvation’s Goal: Returning All to Right Relationship.” Read the whole sermon here: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/posts/jeffertsschori/salvations-goal-returning-all-right-relationship