Eco Tip of the Month:
Energy: If every U.S. househould replaced just one incandescent light bulb with an Energy Star rated compact fluorescent light bulb (CFL), it would prevent greenhouse gases equivalent to the emissions of more than 800,000 cars. A CFL uses 1/4 of the energy of an incandescent light bulb and will pay for itself within 6 months (Energy Star). Start small by installing Energy Star rated CFLs when a lilght blows out, or make a big change by installing CFLs in all of your light fixtures.
Eco-tip provided by GreenFaith: www.greenfaith.org and your Holston Creation Care Team
Our home planet faces a growing environmental crisis. The problems are so serious that many believe there is irreversible climate change, which will have significant impact on our lifestyles and properties. Paragraph 160 of the 2004 United Methodist Book of Discipline states the following:
All creation is the Lord’s, and we are responsible for the ways in which we use and abuse it … God has granted us stewardship of creation. We should meet these stewardship duties through acts of loving care and respect … Therefore let us recognize the responsibility of the church and its members to place a high priority on changes in economic, political, social, and technological lifestyles to support a more ecologically equitable and sustainable world leading to a higher quality of life for all of God’s creation.
Under the leadership of the Outreach/Advocacy Team, Holston Conference has formed a Creation Care Action Team. The goal is to provide a voice and witness for environmental and justice concerns in Holston. If you have ideas to share or wish to help organize a Creation Care group in your church and community, please contact the conference office.