Good stewards of the Earth

Monday, February 18, 2008

The movement toward a more environmentally friendly lifestyle is largely propelled by enlightened individuals and organizations rather than the government, so it is not surprising that an interdenominational faith based group "Cool Congregations" is advocating activities that reduce carbon emissions.

Sarah Webb, a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Cedar Falls and one of the founders of Cool Congregations, urges Christians to become better caretakers of the Earth.

"It's something we've neglected over the last millennium, so we're looking to our own Scripture for inspiration," Webb said.

Webb and other Cool Congregations coordinators hold workshops teaching participants how to determine their carbon footprints -- the total amount of greenhouse gases produced, usually measured in tons of carbon dioxide -- and how to improve it.

We applaud the efforts of Cool Congregations and other groups of caring citizens. We can't wait for government agencies to provide leadership in this matter.