Our Cool Planet Working Group was formed in 2006 in response to the growing threat of global climate change. The Presbyterian Church (USA) “finds that the Christian mandate to care for Creation and the biblical promise of the restoration of right relationships between God, human beings, and the rest of Creation impels and inspires us to act to reduce our energy usage” and “that the urgency, injustice and seriousness of this issue calls us as Christians to act NOW and to act boldly.”
Our Biblical mandate to care for “the least of these” inspires us to seek environmental justice for those whose lives are disproportionately affected by Climate Change. We also believe that “where our treasure lies, so do our hearts”, and so we encourage divestment from the Fossil Fuel industry and its supporting financial institutions.
Here are a couple of articles to help you with climate-related resolutions for 2020:
What can You do about Climate Change by David Coale of CarbonFree Palo Alto
Handout from the Chris Busch Lecture that we sponsored in November 2019
Here is the link to the video of the Chris Busch lecture:
What We Do: A SAMPLING OF COOL PLANET ENVIRONMENTAL WORK AT FIRST PRES
- Work to increase awareness of Climate Change issues through film showings, book talks, and Adult Education series.
- Organize an annual Earth Day worship service and activities. See the photo below of us with Bill McKibben, who preached and signed copies of his book Falter in 2019.
- Complete a yearly audit of green actions in the areas of Worship, Education, Facilities and Outreach to maintain our certification as an Earth Care Congregation.
- Participate in the Peninsula Interfaith Climate Action coalition.
- Support and promote overtures at the Presbytery and denominational level to divest our funds from fossil fuels. Encourage individual divestment from financial institutions that finance Fossil Fuel infrastructure.
- Join regional and national movements, such as the Rise For Climate Action March in September 2018, the Oily Wells March in March 2019 and the Climate Strikes in September 2019.
- With the Social Justice Ministry, organize monthly letter writing to legislators on social and environmental justice issues.
- Collaborate with the Facilities Committee on projects to “green” the church. We have been working with the HVAC Task Force on options for electrification of our campus.
- Make financial contributions to nonprofits whose goals align with ours. Click here for a list of the organizations we supported in 2019.
Join or Follow Us:
We are a small group with big plans; we could use your help! We meet on the first Sunday of each month just after the main worship service in the church conference room. We post pictures, news and events on the Cool Planet Palo Alto Facebook page and on the Cool PlanetFPCPA Google group.