CLIMATE CHANGE is a major focus of the Environmental Ministries group and also of many of our churches. In October 2009 the Massachusetts Conference UCC became the first church-body in America to pass a resolution calling upon our elected leaders to commit to policies that will reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to below 350ppm. Read the resolution here.
The current level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is shown in the widget below. For more detailed information, please click on the widget.
Save the date: Saturday, April 27, 2013
in two historic churches in Boston's Copley Square
In April of 2012, Cooperative Metropolitan Ministries (CMM) sponsored a week of environmental activities culminating in an interfaith vigil and dinner featuring keynote speaker Bill McKibben. You can view videos of Bill's talk and responses by environmental scholars Dr. Roger Gottlieb and Dr. Sajed Kamal through the links below:
Watch a video of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse addressing the Senate on climate change and Congress' denial of science. (Sen. Whitehouse is one of the Senate's strongest supporters of climate change action and a member of Central Congregational Church, UCC, Providence, RI.
What is 350?
350 is the most important number in the world—it's what scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
Three years ago, after leading climatologists observed rapid ice melt in the Arctic and o ther frightening signs of climate change, they issued a series of studies showing that the planet faced both human and natural disaster if atmospheric concentrations of CO2 remained above 350 parts per million.
Everyone from Al Gore to the U.N.’s top climate scientist has now embraced this goal as necessary for stabilizing the planet and preventing complete disaster. Now the trick is getting our leaders to pay attention and craft policies that will put the world on track to get to 350.
Coming Soon: The 2012 Ecumenical Lenten Carbon Fast! Click on the logo below to learn about last year's very successful Carbon Fast and find out how you can sign up for the 2012 Carbon Fast now.
ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2011, ALL OVER THE WORLD, PEOPLE CELEBRATED MOVING PLANET DAY by putting our demands for
climate change into motion- marching, biking, skating- calling for the world to go beyond fossil fuels. This action was endorsed by both Environmental Ministries and the Commission for Mission and Justice of the Massachusetts Conference, United Church
From the World Council of Churches
The Human Impact Report: Climate Change - The Anatomy of a Silent Crisis
The Global Humanitarian Forum has released the first comprehensive report to look at the human impact of climate change. Learn more and read the report here.
Nov. 5, 2010 Theological Activism – A Post-Election analysis
This brief post-election analysis of the state of congress and the electorate who voted provides some stunning and important facts for all of us to contemplate. It may turn out that one of the most important challenges of the church will be to promote science-based policies and laws.