Green Justice
 
"We cannot take up and sustain this enormous task of global mobilization without a deep understanding of how our faith calls us to this challenge. It is not enough to change light bulbs, we must change our very hearts. [We are called] to look again at our sacred texts and scriptures, and see the truths that have been there all along; that our earth is our home, our responsibility,
a sacred place.”
- Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, Love God Heal Earth.

 In March 2015 the Kirk was awarded the designation by the United Church of Christ as a Green Justice Church. This means that we have demonstrated our commitment to care for the earth by greening our building, educating our congregation and continuing our commitment to the stewardship of God's creation. Our call includes honoring the ways in which all living things are connected, from the marginalized in our human family who are most affected by climate change to the animal species whose very existence
is in peril. 

Learn to Compost, July 8! 

Did you know that discarded food represents the single largest component of municipal solid waste which costs society billions of dollars per year and produces greenhouse gas emissions? After church on July 8, we will learn more about this important issue from Andrew Camilli, a passionate volunteer with Denver Urban Gardens and Denver Recycles. He is completing a course to become a Master Composter for the city of Denver and is on a mission to educate others about the importance of waste reduction.
 
A Year of Trees

The Kirk celebrated Earth Day by sponsoring a World Climate Simulation, an interactive learning experience in which participants played the roles of world leaders at the United Nations climate negotiations. The event was a great success! The goal of the role-playing negotiation was to arrive at an international agreement to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius by significantly reducing carbon emissions. In the process, event participants learned about the reality of climate change and the impact it is already having on our planet. Some twenty-first century consequences include drought, water scarcity, famine, forest fires, severe weather, and sea level rise. The future, if nations continue “business as usual,” looks bleak. Participants were compelled by this experience to make changes and to live more sustainably.

What can we do to be good stewards of our planet for today and for future generations?

We encouragepeople to consider these two ways to make a difference:
  • Reduce your “carbon footprint.” Use this link to calculate your carbon footprint and learn ways to shift to a greener lifestyle
  • Plant a tree. Deforestation contributes to global warming. Reforestation or “afforestation” removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and slows global temperature rise.

As a church, we are embarking on a “Year of Trees!” We are encouraging everyone to plant a tree for the planet and future generations. This might mean planting a tree in your own yard or joining community efforts to plant trees around the city or state. It could even include making a financial contribution to organizations whose mission is to plant trees in areas of the world where deforestation has been a critical problem.

What kind of difference can we make? The Green Justice Team at the Kirk would like to keep track of how many trees are being planted this year by people who are part of our extended church community. Please let one of us know of your efforts! Our Team includes: Selena Wright, pastor, Jackie Kendall-Gebel, Ann

 
 
The Kirk's achievements in eco-justice include:
 
Solar Panels
Installation of high-efficiency boiler (Fall 2017) 
High Efficiency Windows
Focusing on Creation Care in Worship
Recycling & Composting
Use of up-cycled materials
Installation of Sustainable flooring
Fairly traded worship materials such as palms for Palm Sunday
Annual Animal Blessing (October)

Green Justice Goals:
 
Increase use of Fair Trade Goods
Community Garden
Annual Focus on Earth Stewardship in the fall
 
 
 
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