How to do a Household Carbon Audit

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Carbon Calculator for your household

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Why we are going green

• God is involved in the ongoing creation of the universe and of our home, Earth.

• God creates and calls it good and dwells in the whole creation.

• God appoints humans to be hands-on caretakers of God’s creation.

• Human life is dependent upon the health of the whole creation; we are Earth creatures.

• The Earth is under a great deal of stress due to our broken relationship with creation.

• Humans need to find a new way to live in harmony with the Earth in order for the Earth to heal and thrive.

Key principles and commitments:

• Caring for creation is a joy, a gift, and a responsibility. We will act from a place of gratitude and vocation rather than fear or guilt.

• Going green is an ongoing process of learning and acting. We will call upon people who have expertise to help us make smart decisions that are good for the Earth.

• Trinity is undertaking a carbon and energy audit of our facilities and ministries. We will publish the results on our website and initiate a plan to reduce our carbon footprint.

How you can get involved

• Attend worship, classes, and seminars at Trinity and in the community to learn more about the state of the environment in Minnesota and the world. Discover practical solutions that you can implement in your home and at your work.

• Do a carbon audit of your household. As a family, make a plan for how you are going to reduce your carbon footprint.  Blog about your project and share ideas with other families on Trinity’s website. Create a video or visual presentation about how your family reduced your carbon footprint this year; share your project at Trinity when we celebrate Earth Day on the weekend of April 24-25.

• Help Trinity and our community reduce its carbon footprint and live in harmony with the Earth. Share your expertise and experiences with greening your life, home, work, and community so that we can all learn from one another how to make real and meaningful changes in the way we live.

• If you would like to “go green” and receive all Trinity mailings electronically, please click here and send us an email indicating your choice.

Coming soon... Results of Trinity's carbon audit

Resources from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Overview of Global Warming/Climate Change
Social Statement on Caring for Creation
Issue Paper: Global Warming and Climate Change

Book recommendations
The Green Bible
The Green Bible helps us see that God is green and equips us to care for and protect God's creation.
It features:
• Green-Letter Edition: Verses and passages that speak to God's care for creation highlighted in green
• Foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
• Essays by Brian McLaren, Cal DeWitt, Barbara Brown Taylor, Pope John Paul II, Ellen Davis,
   N. T. Wright, Ellen Bernstein, Matthew Sleeth, James Jones, and Gordon Aeschliman
• Inspirational quotes from Christian teachings throughout the ages
• A green Bible topical index
• A personal green Bible trail study guide
• An appendix with information on further reading, how to get involved, and practical steps to take
• Recycled paper, using soy-based ink with a cotton/linen cover

Hot, Flat, and Crowded
Thomas Friedman, author of The Earth is Flat, explains in his new book how global warming, rapidly growing populations, and the astonishing expansion of the world’s middle class through globalization have produced a planet that is “hot, flat, and crowded.” Already the earth is being affected in ways that threaten to make it dangerously unstable. In just a few years, it will be too late to fix things--unless the United States steps up now and takes the lead in a worldwide effort to replace our wasteful, inefficient energy practices with a strategy for clean energy, energy efficiency, and conservation that Friedman calls Code Green.  Not only is American leadership the key to the healing of the earth; it is also our best strategy for the renewal of America.


The Green Collar Economy
Provocative, personal, and inspirational, The Green Collar Economy is not a dire warning but rather a substantive and viable plan for solving the biggest issues facing the country—the failing economy and our devastated environment. From a distance, it appears that these two problems are separate, but when we look closer, the connection becomes unmistakable.  In The Green Collar Economy, acclaimed activist and political advisor Van Jones delivers a real solution that both rescues our economy and saves the environment. Van Jones illustrates how we can invent and invest our way out of the pollution-based grey economy and into the healthy new green economy. Built by a broad coalition deeply rooted in the lives and struggles of ordinary people, this path has the practical benefit of both cutting energy prices and generating enough work to pull the U.S. economy out of its present death spiral.

Climate Changes Series with Eric Jackson

The Evidence: Power Point presentation

The Evidence: Resources
US Global Change Research Program   
US Climate Action Partnership
US Carbon Cycle Science Program      
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change          
National Academy of Sciences
US Climate Change Science Program   
US Department of Energy
World Resource Institute
World Business Council on Sustainable Development
Understanding and Responding to Climate Change
Yale Forum on Climate Change & The Media

The Arguments: Power Point presentation

The Arguments: Resources
Skeptical? Check your arguments
Was an Imminent Ice Age Predicted in the '70's?

The Solutions: Power Point presentation

The Solutions: Resources

Low Carbon Diet Calculator

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