Churches can take a number of steps to reduce their impact on the environment, according to the Environmental Coalition of the Conference’s Board of Church and Society.
The proposals comply with a resolution on the environment passed this year by delegates at Annual Conference.
Some recommended steps for greening your church are:
- Request an energy audit from the utility company
- Change light bulbs to LEDs
- Wash dishes instead of using plastic or paper throwaways.
Several resources to inform and educate people also are available, including programs facilitated by members of the coalition.
The Oklahoma Interfaith Power and Light’s "Cool Congregations" program helps churches and individuals reduce emissions and conserve energy. The group’s website is www.interfaithpowerandlight.org. The "Cool Congregations" link is www.coolcongregations.org.
To request this "Cool" training for your church, contact coalition members Pat Hoerth at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jane Wheeler at email@example.com
The Environmental Coalition presents a 45-minute program to open the conversation about changes in nature and where to begin taking action. If your church, Sunday School class, civic group, or another group would like to learn more and schedule a program, contact Hoerth or Wheeler by email, as above.
United Methodist Women offer useful resources on their Be Just Be Green website: www.UnitedMethodistWomen.org/climate-justice
The General Board of Church and Society’s website offers many resources. www.umcjustice.org/what-we-care-about/environmental-justice