By Alexander Carpenter
As mentioned in yesterday’s post, here’s some resources for Adventists who are interested to doing something about global warming: in devotional life, home, congregation, community, and government.
Five things to think and pray about:
1. Essential, although a bit dated, here’s the official Seventh-day Adventist Church statement to industrialized countries.
2. Here’s lots of scripture showing that caring for creation comes with taking the Judeo-Christian tradition and the example of Christ seriously.
3. The Center for American Progress released this helpful statement on the IPCC report and Congress’ recent sub-committee hearing on global warming.
4. Whenever you hear nay-sayers on climate change, check out Real Climate, run by real climatologists with good laymen discussions mixed with peer-reviewed work.
5. Adventist missionary Jared Wright has a great blog: http://adventist-environmental-advocacy.blogspot.com
Five things to do:
(Here’s just one practical thing that we can do to make a difference in each sphere of influence.)
HomeReplace ordinary light bulbs with energy efficient alternatives According to efficiency experts, one of the simplest ways to reduce your CO2
emissions is by replacing ordinary incandescent light bulbs with
Compact Fluorescent bulbs, which provide the same amount of light but
use a fraction of the electricity as normal bulbs. According to the
nonprofit group Environmental Defense
(http://www.fightglobalwarming.org), if every household replaced three
60-watt incandescent light bulbs with these bulbs, it would be the
equivalent of removing 3.5 million cars from the road.
WorkTune up, replace or share your car
Hybrid cars are becoming popular choices, but still comprise a small part of
the U.S. vehicle fleet. If you’re not ready for a new car or truck, you
can make sure your current one operates more efficiently by keeping it
properly tuned. You can also reduce emissions by carpooling whenever
possible or taking public transportation if it’s available.
ChurchInterfaith Power and Light is a great organization and as far as I know at least two Adventist churches have signed their Congregation Covenant. IPL provides a lot of support for local churches that want to save money on energy while learning more about conservation. I know some of these folks personally and they are stand up folks! And they like working with Adventists.
Local CommunityFrequent your nearest farmers market. Buy local, slow, and organic. It supports small family farms, it’s healthier for your family, and it’s really fun. The government has a site where you can click on a map and look through a list of certified farmers markets in your state.
National CommunityLearn about and support great organizations like Restoring Eden that get Christian college students active on national policy. And vote for candidates with hot ratings from the League of Conservation Voters.
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I had a dream last night, a dream of General Conference Sessions past and future. I stood in the center of a stadium, packed with people, all captivated by the music and stagecraft in front of them. I looked around and felt a sadness that kept growing inside of me until it was overwhelming.
Some time ago I was sitting in what quite possibly was the most boring church service I have ever been in. (No, I won’t tell you where I was.) There couldn’t have been more than 50 people in the sanctuary, and I’m being generous. We sang no less than 5 hymns. All hymns were sung in a dry, slow manner. The sermon seemed uninspired, barely prepared, and was presented with no sense of conviction. It felt like we were in church for three hours. We were in church for about 70 minutes.