The Center for Climate Change Communication, a joint project of Yale and George Mason Universities, released last month its most recent national survey of American’s beliefs about climate change. It turns out that in this sample that scientifically represents the nation, 70% of Americans now recognize that climate change is happening and more than half understand that it is caused mostly by human activity. Four in ten believe it is harming people around the globe right now and 36% believe that it is harming people in the United States. We are developing a critical number of people who understand the predicament we have created for ourselves and want to do something about it. As people of faith, we can lead the way to a transformed and better future if we begin now.
North Carolina Interfaith Power & Light is dedicated to helping congregations find ways to address climate change in practical and hope-filled ways, both through reducing congregational greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation), and through spiritual practice that supports care of creation (adaptation). We continue to offer congregational energy audits at no charge to congregations through our emPOWERed program, disseminate resources on how to create a low-greenhouse gas Sacred Foodscape, and support Earth Sabbath Celebrations whereever they are needed. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to schedule a program or audit at your congregation.
Love God, Heal Earth.
–Dr. Kathy Shea, NCIPL Co-Director