What Does Your Pilgrimage Towards Climate Justice Look Like?

by Susan Smith, First Congregational UCC, Salem, Oregon
pilgrimage WCCThe World Council of Churches has called upon Christians around the world to begin a pilgrimage towards climate justice. So what does that look like?

Christians from many countries have started their pilgrimage towards climate justice by heading to Paris, on foot and by bicycle, seeking to reach there by the end of November. Once in Paris, they will attend interfaith side events aimed at influencing the international climate change negotiations. The hope is that the Paris conference, the 21st annual meeting of nations that ratified the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, will result in a treaty consisting of binding and enforceable national commitments to reduce net carbon emissions by every nation – as well as national funding commitments for a Green Energy Fund to fund renewable energy efforts in the poorest developing countries. For more information, visit:  World Council of Churches. 

Typhoon Trauma in the Visayas

by Dennis Alger, Wider Church Ministries Team, Central Pacific Conference, UCC

typhoon shipFirst, you need a map. Those of us who are old enough to remember the assassination of President Kennedy also remember 6th Grade Geography Class, but many of us do not know much about the Philippines.  Oh, that’s right, it takes some effort to find a useful map; I suggest Powell’s Books.

Now that you are back from Powell’s and you are inside your warm and dry house and have had your coffee made with safe-for-drinking water along with a snack from your abundant pantry (I know, you’ve been meaning to donate some of the things people actually like to eat to a local charity), and your family members are enjoying their day—safe, healthy, secure, all accounted for—open your map.

Environmental Justice

by Carol Stirling, Boise First Congregational United Church of Christ, Boise, Idaho

In early May, the most important CO2 observatory in the nation measured 400 parts per million CO2 in the atmosphere, for the first time ever. The increase in carbon in the air is causing the Earth’s temperature to rise and is causing dramatic climate changes that are harming people and other life forms on Earth. The side effects of burning fossil fuels have proven to be more harmful than we expected, because the burning process releases chemicals into the air we breathe. The CO2 released into the upper atmosphere serve as a blanket over the earth that prevents the heat from escaping normally. Our goal should be to decrease the use of fossil fuels and encourage and invest in alternative energies such as solar and wind.

Idaho’s abundant renewable energy resources can fill a critical role in creating and maintaining a clean energy for Idaho. Idaho has available supplies of almost all known renewable energy resources to meet future needs. Idaho has lots of sun, lots of wind and geothermal heat that can meet our energy needs if we commit to developing these resources.