The purpose of the Green Chalice Program is to encourage and assist local congregations/DOC Offices and Assemblies who wish to live out their faith by caring for creation. This program is designed to recognize congregations for being good stewards of God’s creation. It also aims to empower congregations/assemblies with ideas and resources to enable them to walk gently on the earth.
As part of our commitment to become a Green Chalice congregation, we continue to provide you with ways we can live more lightly on the Earth and lower our individual carbon footprints. As we move into the months of summer and the time of vacations for many, it is important to remember that there is no vacation from living lightly on the Earth. You are encouraged to take this first month of summer to involve yourself more deeply in the activism that is needed if we truly are to be good stewards of the Earth as our Creator has commanded. So this month here is a list and description of several very reputable organizations that you might consider in which to get involved. Enjoy exploring their websites and finding out more about how they are working tirelessly to protect and enhance the Earth.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
The World Wildlife Fund is perhaps one of the best-known organizations for the protection of endangered species and their habitats around the world. They have been around for over 45 years and their goal is to conserve 19 of the world’s most important natural places by 2010. They focus on several campaigns to make sure that they are making the biggest impact that they can. Currently, the WWF is urging its members to help lions and snow leopards, choose good wood and save forests, and eat sustainable seafood. Their website is www. worldwildlife.org.
The members of this environmental organization have been fighting for the preservation of the earth since 1971.They pride themselves on their method of “bearing witness” to environmental crimes in a non-violent manner, and although some people find them annoying, they have done a lot of good in the world. They are best known for their protests on ships. They support ocean conservation, climate change prevention, forest preservation, and the protection of endangered species. Their website is www.greenpeace.org.
An organization dedicated to building a global climate movement through climate-focused campaigns, projects and actions led from the bottom-up by people in 188 countries. Email is how they connect and their website is www.350.org.
Environmental Defense Fund
The Fund is guided by science and economics as it tackles urgent threats with practical solutions. They believe that prosperity and environmental stewardship must go hand in hand. They are optimists because they have seen their ideas make a huge difference. They build strong partnerships across interests to ensure lasting success. Their website is www.edf.org.
Union of Concerned Scientists
This organization was founded by scientists calling for scientific research directed away from military technologies and toward solving pressing environmental and social problems. They share information, seek the truth, and let their findings guide their conclusions. They combine the voices of scientists with those of advocates, educators, business people, and other concerned citizens. It has built a reputation for fairness and accuracy and amassed an impressive history of accomplishments. Their website is www.ucsusa.org.
League of Conservation Voters
LCV works to turn environmental values into national, state and local priorities. LCV, in collaboration with their state partners, advocates for sound environmental laws and policies, holds elected officials accountable for their votes and actions, and elects pro-environmental candidates who will champion their priority values. They work to educate the public about important environmental legislation. Their website is www.lcv.org.
The Pachamama Alliance, empowered by their partnership with indigenous people, is dedicated to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfill, socially just human presence on this planet. DCC hosted a Pachamama workshop last year that was very informative and many members are following the vision of this organization. Their website is www.pachamama.org.