Village Presbyterian Church
Earth Day, 2023
Patricia K. Tull
Click this link for downloadable document: Everyday Earth Day Resources
Resources Mentioned Today
- Patricia K. Tull, “A Faithful Third Act,” Presbyterian Outlook, January 10, 2023.
- January 2023 Presbyterians for Earth Care webinar: Older Adults and Climate Change
- Ayana Elizabeth Johnson TED Talk, “How to Find Joy in Climate Action.”
- Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change AR6 Synthesis Report 2023, Summary for Policymakers, March 2023. The most important points are summarized in orange boxes. Bottom line: “There is a rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future for all…. The choices and actions implemented in this decade will have impacts now and for thousands of years” (p. 25).
- Rewiring America resources on the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022: Inflation Reduction Act “Go Electric” booklet; IRA Online Calculator for Households; Information on Heat Pumps
- New York Times, “How Electrifying Everything Became a Key Climate Solution,” April 14, 2023.
- Interfaith Power and Light resource for IRA funding for congregations
- Trisha’s webinar from March 2021 for Earth Care Congregations on Net Zero home building.
- Trisha’s Sunday School class with Bishop Tom Ochuka on God’s Green Resourceful Earth, a large environmental endeavor in Kisumu, Kenya. Feb 26, 2023 with Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church, Tennessee.
Books on Scripture, Theology, Environment
- William P. Brown, The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder; Sacred Sense: Discovering the Wonder of God’s Word and World (and others)
- Pope Francis, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home
- Melanie Harris, Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths
- Katharine Hayhoe, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World
- Leah Schade, Creation-Crisis Preaching: Ecology, Theology, and the Pulpit
- Patricia K. Tull, Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis. Leader’ Guide and workbook also available at https://inhabiting-eden.org/.
- Patricia K. Tull, 2024-2025 Horizons Bible study on Environmental Justice, to appear next year.
- Presbyterian Outlook article on many environmental resolutions at the 2022 General Assembly. This article and others apparently omit to mention ENV-05, “On reducing the PCUSA Carbon Imprint,” which is aimed at reducing carbon pollution from all PCUSA buildings by 25% within four years. Very important, in my view! See also the Presbyterian for Earth Care webinar from July 2022.
- Fall 2020 Presbyterian Hunger Program Sustainability and Earth Care Issue, providing a good overview of the PCUSA’s commitment to environmental stewardship.
- Environmental Racism and Justice (click on the three environmental justice educational videos)
- Climate Change and PC(USA) (Click on 3 min. video)
- Climate Justice Earth Day 2021 (Earth Day Christian education and worship resources)
- Collaborative Agenda for Environmental Stewardship
Environmental Organizations Worth Knowing
- Third Act Faith, the faith working group of the new organization Third Act, for adults 60+
- Interfaith Power & Light, a national faith-climate organization with chapters in most states.
- Sierra Club Kansas and Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign.
- Earth Justice “because the earth needs a good lawyer”—an important national organization.
- Citizens Climate Lobby – advocating for climate legislation.
Environmentally Responsive Investment and Banking
- “Money is the Oxygen on which the Fire of Global Warming Burns” Bill McKibben, New Yorker.
- Third Act Banking on our Future Pledge
- Green America resources for socially responsive investing.
- Natural Investments’ helpful Better Banking Options
Informative Environmental Podcasts
- How to Save a Planet on Spotify. Each episode explores a single question in depth.
- Living on Earth. Each episode examines environmental news and history.
- A Matter of Degrees with experts Leah Stokes and Katharine Wilkinson.
- Climate One, Commonwealth Club conversations on all aspects of the climate emergency.
- Outrage + Optimism, from the TED audio collective.
Available on YouTube
- Climate scientist and evangelical Christian Katharine Hayhoe, Global Wierding—engaging, faithful, and short. And her brief Climate Change’s Best Hope.
- Story of Stuff, informative videos on products we buy, beginning with the first Story of Stuff
- “How Climate Change Affected the World in 2019” — CNN
- “A Brief but Spectacular Take on Working Together for Climate Action,” PBS — Bill McKibben.