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Global Warming

Simple Steps for Taking Action
You can begin now to reduce the causes of global warming and become an active steward of creation by participating in action programs of Oregon Interfaith Power and Light.

Religious Leaders Speak Out!
Here are some articles and op-eds.
Rev. Dr. Lowell Greathouse
Rabbi James Greene
Rev. J. Quinton Kimbrow
George Miller
Rev. Vicky Stifter
February 16, 2007, Religious leaders urge Congress, faithful to list to climate scientists, Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon.

Oregon Interfaith Global Warming Campaign
The Oregon Interfaith Global Warming Campaign is coordinated by EMO’s Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns. The Campaign engages Oregon’s faith community in addressing the overarching threat to Creation in our time—global warming. It is one of 10 such state campaigns underway as part of a coordinated national effort by the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, National Council of Church of Christ, and the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life. The Oregon Campaign was launched at a statewide training conference in October 2000 at Silver Falls State Park. In 2001, a series of regional conferences were held in The Dalles, Medford, Eugene and Portland. The Campaign focused on the public debate on the Senate Energy Bill in 2002 and held other events including an Interfaith Energy Independence Day on Nov. 11, 2002, which drew attention to the moral implications of our transportation choices. A steering committee composed of people from diverse faith backgrounds guides the Campaign.

Goals of the Campaign
• Educate people of faith in congregations and religious bodies on global warming.
• Encourage congregations and other religious bodies to use less energy, purchase green energy, and advocate for expanded investment in renewable energy and conservation.
• Develop and deliver a message on global warming to the media, elected officials (including U.S. senators), and others in positions of leadership in our communities and state.

Oregon Religious Leaders’ Statements on Global Warming
Many of Oregon’s religious leaders, including rabbis, pastors, priests, bishops and conference ministers, signed the Oregon Religious Leaders Statement on Global Warming that was released at the October 2000 training event. Over 70 religious leaders from across the state have signed the statement. In May 2001, 55 leaders signed on to the "Let There be Light" statement calling for an emphasis on energy conservation in our nation’s energy policies. In February 2002, over 80 leaders signed on to a comprehensive faith-based statement on the Senate energy bill. “An Open Letter to US Automobile Companies" was presented to the CEOs of Ford, General Motors and Chrysler in November 2002, signed by over 40 national religious leaders, as well as state religious leaders including five clergy from Oregon.

Contact
Jenny Holmes, Coordinator, Oregon Interfaith Global Warming Campaign
Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon, 0245 SW Bancroft, Suite B
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 221-1054, ext. 214, inec@emoregon.org

Other Opportunities for Action
www.focusthenation.org

Resources
Climate and Faith: E-alert for Oregon and the Northwest - The Oregon Interfaith Global Warming Campaign provides the Climate and Faith electronic alert, which provides advocacy alerts, news of significant developments related to global warming and ideas for action. To subscribe, send an email to awarren@emoregon.org with "Subscribe climateandfaith, Firstname Lastname" in the subject line.

Northwest Climate Connections - climatesolutions.org/nw-states. EMO’s Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns is proud to be a member of Northwest Climate Connections, a growing network of organizations, businesses and jurisdictions from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and British Columbia that are working together to demonstrate how protecting the climate helps us build a healthier, more sustainable region. NW Climate Connections members are:

  • Active and aware on climate issues.
  • Committed to being part of the solution within their own organizations and operations.
  • A growing constituency and market for broader solutions, including policy solutions.

To keep up to date on climate solutions in the Pacific Northwest, subscribe to NW Climate Connections, an e-bulletin, covering the growing NW groundswell for clean energy, transportation choices and climate protection! To subscribe, e-mail info@climatesolutions.org.

Worship Resources
A Liturgy of Repentance in a World with Changing Climate

Bio Fuels
Sequential Biofuels - www.sqbiofuels.com

Energy Efficiency
American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy - http://aceee.org
Bonneville Power Administration - www.bpa.gov/Energy/N/
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network - www.eere.energy.gov
Energy Star Program of U.S. EPA (Energy Star Congregations) - www.energystar.gov, (888) STAR YES, (503) 595-4490
Replacing your refrigerator

Energy Trust of Oregon www.energytrust.org. 1-866-368-7878. The Energy Trust of Oregon, Inc. provides energy efficiency programs and renewable energy programs to customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, Cascade Natural Gas, Avista and NW Natural. It is an independent, public purpose organization dedicated to sustainable energy efficiency and renewable energy generation. The organization provides energy audits to homes, businesses and congregations. www.energytrust.org

Oregon Department of Energy - http://Oregon.gov/ENERGY, (800) 221-8035. Information about renewable energy, energy efficiency and Oregon's energy tax credit program.

Faith Based Organizations
Coalition on Environment and Jewish Life - www.coejl.org/climatechange/index.php
Interfaith Power and Light - http://interfaithpowerandlight.org
National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Programs - www.nccecojustice.org/climatehome.html

Green Building
Environmental Building News - www.buildinggreen.com
Portland Office of Sustainable Development - www.portlandonline.com/osd/
The Rebuilding Center - www.rebuildingcenter.org
U.S. Green Building Council - www.usgbc.org

Regional Energy Organizations
Fair and Clean Energy Coalition - www.Oregoncub.org. Ecumenical Ministries of Oregon is a member of the Fair and Clean Energy Coalition, which is a project of Citizen’s Utility Board of Oregon. Fair and Clean is coordinates energy and climate advocacy efforts in the Oregon Legislature.

NW Energy Coalition - www.nwenergy.org. An alliance of more than 100 Northwest organizations who promote development of renewable energy and energy conservation, consumer-protection, low-income energy assistance and fish and wildlife restoration on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. EMO’s Interfaith Network for Earth Concerns is a member.

Renewable Energy
American Solar Energy Association - www.ases.org
American Wind Energy Association - www.awea.org
Bonneville Environmental Foundation - www.b-e-f.org When you purchase a green tag from this website to offset carbon dioxide emissions from your household or transportation, please be sure to click that you are a member of Oregon Interfaith Power and Light, so that we can track the faith community response. Also, OIPL gets $1 for every green tag sold.
National Wind Coordinating Committee - www.nationalwind.org
Project Vote Smart - www.vote-smart.org
Renewable Northwest Project - www.rnp.org
Solar Oregon - www.solaror.org

Solar Access
www.solaraccess.com

Films to Enlighten and Inform Your Congregation

"The Great Warming" has been endorsed by a cross section of faith-based groups. To date, the film has been screened in over 700 churches and synagogues with the support of the NCC and numerous Interfaith Power and Light groups. It is uplifting—and unique in suggesting that climate change is a moral, ethical and spiritual issue. The film features a major segment about the emerging voice of faith communities urging action on this issue, including a scene with ex-ER doctor Matthew Sleeth, who has given up medicine to preach to faith communities about the threat that climate change poses—particularly in the health arena (Dr. Sleeth is the author of "Serve God, Save the Planet"). A faith-based DVD set of the film is now available via their website at www.thegreatwarming.com. It contains the regular film, over 70 minutes of extra interview footage (much of it faith-based), the licensing agreement, which permits the screening of the film in a faith center, and downloadable support material such as sermon, Sunday school and discussion guides.

DVDs and Videos Available for Loan
We have the following DVDs and videos available for loan:
• Kilowatt Hours: A Plan to Re-Energize America
• Global Warming in Oregon: Generation to Generation
• Lighten Up! A Religious Response to Global Warming
• Too Hot Not to Handle
• God's Creation and Global Warming
• Zig Zag: Transportation Choices
• An Inconvenient Truth

We ask for a $5 donation to send the DVD or video to you. Please call (503) 221-1054, ext. 210, to have one of these films sent to you.

 

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