In this week’s free Creation Corner for church newsletters and bulletins, our green-living tip is to switch your home or business to clean energy, and our quote for this first week of Pentecost comes from the Rev. Dr. Rachel Mash of GREEN Anglicans. Share this week’s column on Facebook.
Living on God’s Earth
By Episcopal Climate News, facebook.com/EpiscopalClimateNews
This week’s earth-friendly living tip: Switch your home or business to clean energy
One of the single biggest steps any of us can take to reduce our carbon footprints for creation 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 the company’s website, or you can call and ask.
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 Rev. Dr. Rachel Mash
“What do we learn from Pentecost about how to take up this challenge? From separated to united. One of the signs of the spirit is that they were one. They came together regularly to meet and they weren’t hiding away, lonely and stressed in their own corner. Day by day, they spent time together in the temple… People have different angles on caring for creation. Some are passionate about preserving animals or birds; others care passionately about the fact that people don’t have access to clean water. We need to come together, support each other, and carry the mission out.”
– The Rev. Dr, Rachel Mash (writing for Sustainable Preaching) is the environmental Coordinator of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa. (South Africa, Swaziland- Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia, Angola, and Mozambique). She works with the Green Anglicans Youth Movement in Africa, is secretary to the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, and sits on the steering group of the Season of Creation group.