“There is No Planet B.” This banner message hangs outside my church. Nationwide, church members wear T-shirts with messages about environmental issues. Many denominations have passed resolutions and planned actions to raise awareness. They are acting on their religious beliefs and their concerns about earth which is in crisis. 

No week goes by without news of an extreme weather event which impacts infrastructure, crops, housing, communities. Churches care about current problems and the uncertain future. 

Learn what your church says locally and nationally. Does it have a faith-based climate action team or joined a coalition of climate change activists? Do they speak publicly? Are they seeking solutions? If not, you can.

Find an environmentally focused group, learn from them and then act. One approach is the nonpartisan Citizens’ Climate Lobby, which focuses on fossil fuel use reduction. The proposed Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act is one legislative effort you can help move forward by contacting Sen. Ron Johnson, Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Tom Tiffany. It would be good for the economy, people and the planet. Also, hang out your own banner that tells how you care about Earth.

Linda Thompson

Rice Lake

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