bringing Hoosiers of faith together to help curb global climate change
The Bloomington affiliate of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light
Earth Care seeks to listen to and work with all concerned religious communities and individuals in order to create an ever-widening circle of care for creation.
We urge all Indiana’s faith communities to be centers of this care by living more prudently and speaking up for policies that embody creation care. We invite all Hoosiers of faith to join in this sacred responsibility.
Earth Care brings Hoosiers of faith together to help curb global climate change by educating, acting, and speaking up. We now include twenty-one faith communities as members and welcome new members including congregations, congregational greening groups and individuals.We have two goals, to:
- Cut average per person personal energy use in Indiana by at least 10%.
- Shift Indiana towards renewable energy sources and away from coal.
Earth Care provides faith communities with six free services to help cut personal and congregational energy use and to help them speak out effectively for earth-friendly energy policy.
Earth Care services - for you!
For more information, simply click on the links below.
Cut Your Energy Bills / Protect the Earth Workshops provide simple guidance to help households cut their utility bills.
Green Team Congregational Visits help congregations with energy conservation, heating and air conditioning, lighting, solar, landscaping, and more.
Walbicus–Walk Bike Carpool or Bus - to Worship Weekends create a sense of community while promoting earth-friendly transport.
Educational events to raise awareness of climate change, the faith-based imperative to act, and how we can make a difference. Email us at EarthCareIndiana@gmail.com.
Support to Covenant Communities: Energy audits and more. Earth Care supports faith communities that undertake a simple set of effective actions with a package of services.
Speak up! Our 100-district strategy will ensure that each legislator hears that his or her constitutents expect energy policies that protect creation.
"And now we must accept, without a doubt, that the whole world, our home as we know it, is threatened. We need to respond, and our ability to respond -- indeed our "responsibility" -- is born from our awareness of our interconnection and our love and commitment to each other and our earth."
-Linda Ruth Cutts, Zen Buddhist Priest, Green Dragon Zen Temple, Marin County, CA
"Global warming can be seen through the lens of science and politics, which is fine. But it can also be seen through the lens of faith. Faith will move us like nothing else can. To work for policy and lifestyle change because of the science of the greenhouse effect will lead to some changes, but to work for those same things because as Christians we have to do all in our power to care for and heal God's creation, is a whole different thing... For me, bringing global warming into the world of faith is to bring it into the place where I am most at home. It is from a context of faith that I truly feel as if I can do something about global warming."
-Rev. Pat Watkins, United Methodist Pastor, Richmond, Virginia