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Climate & Energy

The scientific basis, moral issues, and call to action

6 Arguments for a Greener Diet
Author: Jacobson, Michael F. Examines scientific studies and reaches a conclusion that eating more plant foods and fewer fatty animal foods will add years onto your life. This diet concurrently leads to better air quality, water quality, less food poisoning, reduces global warming, and less animal suffering in the slaughterhouse as a result of eating less meat.
A Moral Climate: The Ethics of Global Warming
Author: Northcott, Michael S. Discusses Hurricane Katrina, as well as the ethics and morals of humans relationships to climate change. Northcott talks of better stewardship of the earth to try and address the currently worsening global warming.
A New Climate for Theology: God, the World, and Global Warming
Author: McFague, Sallie. McFague argues that government, business, and individuals have been largely in denial of the possibility that global warming may put our species on the road to extinction.
A Sea Change: Imagine a World Without Fish
A disturbing and essential companion piece to An Inconvenient Truth, A Sea Change brings home the indisputable fact that our lifestyle is changing the earth, despite our wishful thinking.
After the Warming; Episode One
James Burke explores various warming scenarios for the year 2050 using the "virtual reality computer model." He shows how life on earth has always been altered by changing weather patterns.
Befriending the Earth: A Theology of Reconciliation Between Humans and the Earth
Author: Berry, Thomas and Thomas Clarke. Thomas Berry and Thomas Clarke discuss the tole of religion in the ecological movement today. They agree that religion, to now, has completely failed to address the despoliation of the earth, which they believe to be the greatest crisis in the history of the planet. Yet they offer hope and viable ways for ecology that will move us forward in our quest to heal the world. "Befriending the Earth" provides a rich feast of spiritual, intellectual, and emotional thought for individuals hungering to discern how we can both nourish the earth and be recipients of its bountiful goodness.
Coal Country
Producer: Evening Star Productions. 2009. Most Americans are shocked to learn that nearly half of the electricity in the United States today is produced by coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel. Coal Country reveals the truth about modern coal mining. The story is told by the people directly involved, both working miners and activists who are battling the coal companies in Appalachia. What does coal mean for America and the rest of the world? The coal industry is spending millions to promote what it calls "clean coal." Is it achievable? At what cost?
Dirty Business: "Clean Coal" and the Battle for Our Energy Future
Guided by Rolling Stone reporter Jeff Goodell, Dirty Business reveals the true social and environmental costs of coal power and tells stories of innovators who are pointing the way to an alternative energy future.
EarthScore: Your Personal Environmental Audit & Guide
Author: Lotter, Donald W. While intended for personal and household use, this resource can also serve as a helpful guide for congregations that want to quantitatively evaluate their ecological “footprint” and take steps towards greater sustainability and social equity.
Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change
Author: Kolbert, Elizabeth. Kolbert, a journalist, travels around the world to meet with top scientists who show and explain to her evidence of global warming. She effectively describes how man has changed not only the climate, but how climate change is effecting ecosystems. Kolbert discusses how policy needs to be changed, additionally she scolds the US for not signing the Kyoto Protocol.
Global Warming & Species Extinction
VEM 066-1: Intro/meditation: Reverend Pascal Nelson. Presentation: Dr. George Gilchrist discusses global warming, species extinction. VEM 066-2: Panel Discussion with audience questions on relationship between spirituality, science, and public policy.
God’s Creation and Global Warming
Producer: Produced by the Eco-Justice Working Group of the National Council of Churches of Christ . This twelve-minute video is an easy-to-understand introduction to global warming, its current and potential impacts, and the overwhelming ways in which industrial countries contribute to it. The video skillfully places this issue into a faith-based context – clearly showing why people of faith should respond to this crisis.
Guide to Resource Efficient Church Buildings
Author: Mumma, Tracy. This guide deals with the responsible use of God’s gifts in constructing churches. It considers “embodied energy” (energy spent in production and transportation of materials), recycling, and the disposal of construction waste. This guide also gives a list of manufacturers of resource efficient building materials.
Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World
Irreplaceable: Wildlife in a Warming World-- a stunning exhibit of wildlife photography--brings you face to face with the incredible plants and animals of our planet: species big and small, familiar and exotic, but all are threatened by a rapidly warming world.
Low Carbon Diet
Grounded in over two decades of environmental behavior change research, this illustrated workbook offers much more than a list of eco-friendly actions. It walks you through every step of the process, from calculating your current CO2 “footprint” to tracking your progress.
The Climate Diet
Author: Harrington, Jonathan. Offers an optimistic, easy to understand and engaging message; that individuals, organizations and communities can empower themselves to decrease their impact on the climate (and save money).
The Comforting Whirlwind: God, Job, and the Scale of Creation
Author: McKibben, Bill. McKibben, widely respected author and United Methodist Sunday school teacher, shares scientific insights into the crisis of global climate change.
The Cry of Creation: A Call for Climate Justice
An interfaith study guide on global warming. Features theological and spiritual reflections, an overview of the scientific consensus, a spectrum of interfaith voices, action steps, and a bibliography for further study.
The End of Nature
Author: McKibben, Bill. This powerfully unsettling book details many of the our current environmental challenges: global warming, depletion of the ozone layer, and other crises. McKibben, a widely published writer and United Methodist Sunday school teacher, shares his own passionate plea for necessary change in how humans view nature and our actions.
The Great Warming
A sweep around the world to reveal how a changing climate is affecting the lives of people everywhere. It includes comments from scientists and opinion-makers about America's lack of leadership in what is certainly the most critical environmental issue of the 21st century, as well as new scenes documenting the emerging voice of the American Evangelical community urging action on climate change. Starring Keanu Reeves and Alanis Morissette.
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