Blog Action Day Post

Kelly Salasin

Today, I have the privilege of joining my voice with thousands of other bloggers AROUND THE WORLD on behalf of climate change.  You can do the same by signing up here: http://www.blogactionday.org/en/blogs/new.

As a writer, I tend not to think as globally as “climate change” because I get overwhelmed, very quickly.  But I’m pushing my comfort edge for today– for my fellow bloggers, human beings, and for this gorgeous planet we have been given.

I am encouraged that so many voices share this concern.  Most encouraging to me  is the growing religious-environmental movement which offers the following resources for inspiration and action:

Renewal is the first feature-length documentary film to capture the vitality and diversity of today’s religious-environmental activists. From within their Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Muslim traditions–women, men and children are re-examining what it means to be human and how we live on this planet.

At the heart of the film Renewal are stories of combating global warming and the devastation of mountaintop removal, of promoting food security, environmental justice, recycling, land preservation, and of teaching love and respect for life on Earth.

Another inspiring resource from the religious community is: The Carbon Fast, developed by the Religion and Ecology Committee of the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative (Brattleboro, VT.)  Modeled after traditional religious fasts, this interfaith fast sets out one action for each of forty days, by which one can make a difference in some aspect of energy consumption.

The fast is based on the book, The Low Carbon Diet, an easy to use guide that will show you, step-by-step, how to dramatically reduce your CO2 output in just a month’s time. The book is published by Chelsea Green, a publisher of sustainable living books since 1994.

Sharing initiatives such as those listed above will be a  part of the International Day of Climate Action on Saturday, October 24, aiming to raise awareness about the need to reduce CO2 emissions below 350 parts per million to avoid the worst effects of global warming.

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