Faithful advocacy to protect God’s creation
The cumulative actions we take to be good stewards of God’s gift of energy in our buildings and in the private lives of our members can make a big contribution to a more just, healthier world. We also can serve as a faithful model of good stewardship that can be an inspiration to others.
Secular policy and advocacy in New York State
NEW YORK RENEWS
New York Renews is a coalition of 92 organizations in New York State. This coalition will be the primary advocacy group for the Climate and Community Act of 2017.
Environmental Advocates of New York – an environmental policy analysis group that evaluates New York State environmental policies and legislation.
The Alliance for Clean Energy New York: A group of organizations which share the goal of bringing clean energy technologies to New York. This alliance includes non-profit environmental, public health and consumer advocacy organizations, educational institutions, and private companies that produce or sell renewable energy technologies or energy efficiency services.
Cities for Climate Protection
Many cities in New York State are participating in the Cities for Climate Protection program. If you live in one of these areas check out what’s happening. If your city or county doesn’t yet participate, encourage them to do so.
- Mt. Vernon
- New Rochelle
- New York City
- Saratoga Springs
- Schenectady County
- Suffolk County
- Tompkins County
- Westchester County
Fossil Free by 40
FOSSIL FREE BY 40 is a slogan that Rev. Fred Jensen has coined. He’s looking to inject it into public consciousness in Erie County. The vision is that Erie County could commit itself to be free from fossil fuel dependence by the year 2040.
Inspired by Sweden’s commitment to be similarly free by the year 2020, the number 40 seems appropriately spiritual. The flood story tells us it rained for forty days and nights prior to God’s first covenantal promise, and the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness for forty years. The number 40 represents a time of trial and transformation, and if we as a society truly are to free ourselves from our dependence on fossil fuels, it will require enduring some trials and experiencing great transformation.
In addition to the spiritual significance of the number 40, there is a practical reason for that goal. The Energy Information Administration (www.eia.doe.gov) has estimated that oil production is most likely to peak in the year 2037, although it could peak earlier or later. When it does peak, oil will become very expensive. It would be best if we were done with it before that time comes.
If you have ideas or the desire to help him spread the word, let him know at firstname.lastname@example.org