Archive for June, 2011
The more people become aware of the harmful effects of carbon dioxide and use the excess water can have on the environment. Consequently, many are beginning to integrate sustainable practices into their daily lives. This practice is more often found in the workplace and in college, university and technical college courses that are part of campus and distance learning programs.
Choosing an online degree program can be a way that students are concerned about the environment can reduce their carbon dioxide emissions. Because there is no need to drive to classes, can help the environment every day. However, they want to make this passion a step further to consider a degree in engineering, many of which are gaining attention to sustainability.
On the Rainy River Community College in Minnesota, such as a program associate degree in construction technology, sustainable green provides opportunities for students to learn how technology can reduce the waste of a building and to enhance its effectiveness when it comes to energy and water. New York City College of Technology offers a certificate program in sustainable technology for students to analyze the long-term costs of new high-tech materials, alternative energy and new construction methods. Central Carolina Community College this year planning to hold a new partner in sustainable technologies, with emphasis on alternative energy and green building.
The National Center for Appropriate Technology is a private organization that works to promote sustainable technology systems, particularly energy and agriculture. The center organizes workshops and events, and has a University of Idaho education program of biodiesel fuel and the Salish Kootenai College in Montana, among its members. Oregon Institute of Technology in 2009 changed its program of environmental science in a baccalaureate program SciencesSustainable new technology environment, where students take engineering courses in renewable energy technologies of mechanical engineering, civil and business administration, an article in The Oregonian said.
In addition to helping students gain a competitive advantage, which in the workplace, which are more frequent when the concern for the environment, training courses are designed to meet the growing needs of companies involved in the field of ecological systems in New York City College of Technology, says. One of these systems has made headlines in Nantucket, Massachusetts, area. The Boston Globe recently reported that officials in the region has given the green light to a controversial alternative energy sources, the project known as Cape Wind.
Cape Wind Initiative aims to provide 130 wind turbines on the shore, creating many jobs and help the state become a pioneer in using clean, green technologies to provide energy, according to the Boston Globe. Many opponents of the project, said it would interfere with views of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard. Others argued the motion would help to promote green energy and we hope to improve the environment by helping to reduce dependence on fossil fuels like coal and oil, emitting harmful gases into the environment.
Colleges, universities and technical schools themselves have also been more willing to respect the environment by using green technology. In 2009, some 166 structures and open green campus received awards and certifications such as the well-known leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), which recognizes measures to save water, reduce carbon dioxide and, according to an annual report published in June by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in education. Recently announced Northern California Butte College, a leader of the national community college sustainability, located on a 928 acre Wildlife Refuge in May 2011, it is the only institution in the country to produce more clean energy from sustainable solar electricity on the site they use.
Credentials sustainable technology to help students find work in sustainable development consultants, renewable energy or biofuels, green building engineers and supervisors of the Central Carolina Community College. New developments in the field of sustainable energy, individuals can also say that you can take courses that complement the current level of technology. Others may wish to upgrade their credentials.Tags: carbon dioxide emissions, high tech materials, oregon institute of technology, rainy river community college, salish kootenai college
For a growing number of companies implementing compliance assistance good environmental policy and encourage legal competition. Gone are the days when the only companies concerned about the environmental laws were heavy producers. Recent developments in the U.S. government and the private sector has opened a new era of corporate sustainability, which comply with environmental regulations is to pass a recommendation for a term for a wide range of businesses. Just as organizations must develop and implement policies in areas such as governance, employment and security, many companies and government agencies now required to track and report on sustainability metrics to ensure legal compliance. In addition, several forward-thinking companies already implementing environmental policies to remain competitive, even if it is not yet a legal requirement.
In-house counsel must be aware of new requirements for corporate sustainability and recommendations to advise organizations how to develop policies to avoid liability and to succeed in the new green economy.
In 2010 began, without a general law or U.S. federal climate legally binding international agreement, regulatory measures and negotiations are ongoing. Despite the failure of the United Nations Conference on Climate Change in December in Denmark to produce no emissions of greenhouse gases binding (GHG) reduction laws, nations continue to work towards a global climate treaty . United States, a bipartisan bill sponsored by Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) might be able to bring the parties together and eventually get a new climate in the past right.
Meanwhile, companies can not afford to sit back and wait for the final legislation in this area due to a decree of the federal government with new EPA regulations, the SEC guidelines and existing private sector programs applicable to a wide range of companies and government agencies. All organizations are subject to these new requirements must be integrated into planning and action to ensure compliance.
I. Executive Order 13514
On October 5, 2009, Obama signed a decree 13514, entitled Federal leadership on the environment, energy and economic performance. The act requires all federal agencies to inventory their emissions of greenhouse gases, setting targets to reduce emissions by 2020 and develop a plan to address a wide range of targets to improve sustainability, such as increasing energy efficiency and water, reducing waste, reducing oil consumption of the fleet, to support sustainable communities, developing and maintaining high performance buildings, and using purchasing power to promote Federal organic products and technologies.
Other environmental objectives in the order includes a 30% reduction in fuel consumption of the fleet and 26% increase in water efficiency in 2020, and the recycling of waste and 50% diversion rate in 2015. The requirement to build zero energy network 2030 must also be implemented under control. Each agency must designate a high level of sustainability law and order. The President shall submit a report on the environmental agency and the objective results directly to the President.
As the largest consumer of energy in the U.S. economy, the federal government should lead by example when it comes to creating innovative ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase energy efficiency, save water, reduce waste and use environmentally friendly products and technologies that President Obama said in a statement.
The notice was intended to launch a transition to a clean energy such as legislation on climate change makes its way to Congress, save taxpayers money in the process. The order will have a significant impact on the basis of size of the federal government that employs nearly 500,000 buildings and operates more than 600 000 vehicles.
Another key part of the ‘Executive Order is a green purchasing policy requiring 95% of new contracts and acquisitions at the state level to meet the needs of sustainable development that promotes environmentally friendly products and technologies. This also makes a lot of weight, because the government a huge buying power that exceeds more than $ 500 billion spent each year on goods and services. Executive Order charges the General Services Administration (GSA) examined with the possibility to monitor the supplier total emissions of greenhouse gases. The recommendations could include requiring vendors to register a voluntary register of greenhouse gas emissions and disclose their efforts to reduce emissions. Options or other incentives could be given for products used in production processes to minimize emissions of greenhouse gases.
For the purchase of electronic products and services, the decree requires the GSA to ensure that 95% of the shares of the new contract, work orders and orders to deliver products and services (excluding weapons systems) are energy efficient (ENERGY STAR ® or FEMP-designated), efficient water use biobased, environmentally preferable (electronic tool Product Environmental Assessment (EPEAT) non-certified), the ozone layer, contain recycled products or are non-toxic alternatives or less toxic when such products and services meet the performance requirements of the agencies.
GSA announced in late January 2010 he had already produced agreements with 18 energy service companies to reduce energy consumption through audits, monitoring and use of renewable energy energy.The GSA has also taken steps to make the federal fleet more efficient by purchasing thousands of new cars last year to spend $ 210 million in incentives. Approximately 6500 cars – a mixture of hybrid and flex-fuel four-cylinder – is reserved for the U.S. postal service, which operates the largest fleet of alternative fuel vehicles.In 2008, says GSA acquisition of 15,000 places of power management software would save up to $ 750,000 per year.
Finally, buy all federal incorporate measurement of greenhouse gas emissions as a requirement of the contract. The first step is part of Executive Order 13514, is the creation of a system of voluntary reporting of GHG emissions for contractors and government suppliers. Contractors (and subcontractors) the ability to measure and reduce emissions of greenhouse gas emissions and provide energy efficient products and services will be an important factor in winning government contracts.
II. SEC guidance on disclosure of climate change
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued interpretation No. 33-9106 version February 2, 2010, to advise public companies on the requirements of agency information on climate change. The guide, which took effect immediately, applies to all public companies.
The statement does not create any new disclosure or amend the disclosure requirements in force, but rather, was published for purposes of clarification. Specifically, guidance covers four areas that may trigger disclosure requirements under the current SEC
(1) whether the impact of existing laws or climate change and the proposed regulation in the United States and other countries could materially affect the company’s financial position or operations;
(2) if the international agreement on climate change contracts, or agreements affecting their business;
(3) if a company is likely to deal with indirect threats and opportunities arising from legal, technological, political and scientific climate change (such as changes in demand for its good services, increased competition or damage to reputation ), and
(4) if the company faces a possible physical effects of climate change on its business (such as the interruption caused by power outages or operating time, increased insurance, or the availability and quality) .
SEC states that this information indications of climate change may be required by the description of the company (Article 101), trial (103), the management report and analysis (303), and risk factors (503 (c )) parts of business applications under Regulation SK.
The SEC has noted with concern that some companies have already provided information on climate change voluntarily to others, and wanted to ensure that disclosures have been similar reports from the SEC that may be required by SEC rules. Independent organizations such as the Climate Registry and the Carbon Disclosure Project to keep company data on climate change, while the rules on information from the most dominant are those of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Launched in 1997 with the aim of improving the quality, rigor and utility of sustainability reporting, GRI is developing criteria that could serve as the basis of generally accepted standards for sustainability reporting. In 2008, more than 1,000 companies in over 60 countries have registered and published in the memoirs of GRI sustainability reporting framework with the company.
The SEC explicitly comments that the management will focus on disclosure of climate change on the review of company presentations. In practice, public companies would do well to treat this guide as required when not disclose climate risks in the past, they need to begin to establish reporting procedures for all deposits with appropriate measures such as a road map.
III. Mandatory rules EPA Greenhouse Gas Reporting
Beginning January 1, 2010, a mandatory EPA standard took effect, requiring that all major emitters of greenhouse gases monitoring and reporting of data on emissions of greenhouse gases under a new system. The new rule applies to industries or facilities that emit more than 25,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year, of which there are currently about 10 000 in most U.S. issuers are required to install monitoring equipment or a new minimum to develop new protocols for measuring emissions. Recognizing that all organizations would be able to meet the January 1, 2010, the State allowed to use the best methods of control available until April 1, 2010.
The institutions also need a written plan for controlling emissions, which should address the methods used to collect gas emissions, provides the procedures for quality assurance, maintenance and repair of equipment for monitoring greenhouse gases, and the functions of the institutional staff to collect data. In addition, the mandates of the rule implementing training procedures for GHG monitoring and documentation in accordance with the maintenance of records. While the facilities are not required to submit their monitoring plans to the EPA, which are required to maintain the plan to install them and make them available if the request for review of the EPA.
The new EPA regulations is just one of many international, federal, provincial and regional pending or already adopted to address emissions of greenhouse gas emissions. While there is still much uncertainty about climate change issues and sustainability are met, it is not a question of whether most companies will eventually be legally obliged to monitor, report and reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases – it is only a matter of when and how.
IV. Private Sector Sustainability Programs
In business, despite the lack of uniform laws and regulations have lived for many years an important part of the momentum of climate change. In October 2009, left large companies, including Apple Gas & Electric Pacific Exelon and the American Chamber of Commerce in its strong position against the U.S. regulation of greenhouse gas emissions. Microsoft co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates recently needed to make climate change our first priority, and recommends a global effort to reduce carbon emissions to zero in 2050 to avoid the adverse effects of climate change.
More companies are launching new efforts voluntarily to reduce their climate impact. A steady increase in the path towards energy efficiency, investments in renewable energy, carbon neutrality, and technological innovation is the opposite of political action on climate change blocked.
Perhaps the most significant event of the capital to cope with climate change and sustainable development is the fact that Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in the world. The company has recently carried out in Wal-Mart Sustainability Index, which assesses all of its suppliers around the world are based on an analysis of the life cycle and environmental impact of their products. More than 100,000 suppliers are now much incentive to increase their sustainability efforts to maintain a successful relationship with Wal-Mart business and remain competitive in the market.
Working closely with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Wal-Mart also agreed to reduce 20 million tons of carbon pollution of the life cycle of their products and supply chain by the end of 2015. This is equivalent to the annual GHG emissions by 3.8 million cars – a significant impact.
Because of its size, Walmart is uniquely positioned to reduce carbon pollution across the globe. New commitments are bold, because
Wal-Mart’s supply chain is enormous, so these initiatives are generally consequences. New Index of Wal-Mart will encourage suppliers to reduce their emissions – that could not otherwise do – which is a positive effort for energy efficiency, tens of thousands of companies around the world.
Wal-Mart is the priority of the products they create the majority of carbon emissions through their life cycles, and selling products, and focuses on the former.
The results are immediate and not dependent on any particular government agency to act, or special laws or rules that may be challenged or changed.
Together Sustainability Index and other measures, it clearly communicates a strong message to Wal-Mart’s international network of suppliers who need to reduce carbon pollution.
Other global companies must take bold action in the field of sustainability and climate change include Hewlett Packard, IBM, Ikea, Johnson & Johnson, Nike, Intel, Dell and Weyerhaeuser. Given the hundreds of thousands of employees, suppliers and customers around the world, these companies have the ability to be influential in the development of green business practices.
Between the federal government with more than half trillion dollar budget to purchase the many companies that climate change SEC disclosure rules Andor EPA requirements for monitoring emissions, and programs of the private sector as the index of Walmart effect Guaranteed preference to suppliers that are implementing sustainable practices, businesses and organizations of all sizes in virtually all industries, will soon face the need to increase sustainability efforts.
Moreover, these developments show that the objectives of sustainability, once an option, will soon be mandatory in public and private sectors. In addition to legal compliance requirements, from the standpoint of the business policy of sustainable development now provides a competitive advantage in the market and reduces costs.
V. Development of a sustainable compliance program
Companies should therefore consider carefully the legal threats and opportunities for growth presented by sustainable development initiatives. This requires the evaluation of qualitative and quantitative information, as well as policy issues and levels of corporate issuance guide the identification of climate change related risks and opportunities. For example, some issues of which the SEC guidance, such as legal, technical, scientific and political developments can change the competitive market by creating new areas of business or the threat of the past, which led to the need for disclosure management reporting and business analysis.
Depending on the sector of activity and the operating companies should consider some or all of the following actions, whose aim is to make sustainability a part of culture
Create a point of reference for the environmental performance of your organization. This is a key step in setting goals and developing a sustainable development program.
If your company produces or provides products, assess the impacts of the life cycle of products. This can be completed or outsourcing of a cycle assessment (LCA). The LCA is a valuable tool to help make the necessary changes in the product or service and reduce environmental impacts and overall costs.
Hire or appoint an agent of corporate sustainability. Federal agencies are required to perform this job function, and warned private firms that do the same. A warning, if you appoint an agent for sustainability, with little experience in this area that should receive the training or consulting services of an agency with experience and credibility (for example, the Institute of Professional Green).
Establish cross-functional teams to develop sustainable programs for the organization. Pulling data comparison data should be used to help teams to set realistic and achievable goals.
Insert the first goal of sustainable development that will lead to immediate success as waste reduction and recycling. This will create the momentum for the program and generate savings that can reach out to the most difficult and long term.
It offers training courses for those who need strength in your organization as it relates to their specific tasks.
Communicate information related to sustainable development program for your shareholders, employees, customers and suppliers.
There are a number of systems available to help businesses assess their climate risk and opportunities, quantitative data to calculate their emissions, to inform them about the risk of potential costs of regulation, and highlight the potential benefits such as profits from the sale of carbon credits and potential energy savings. Participation in a voluntary reporting program as the Climate Registry and the Carbon Disclosure Project is a way businesses can begin to gather information about their carbon footprint and gain a better idea of where the show takes place in their operations. Companies may also be able to use the information they collect for these programs to help generate other outcomes, including 10K applications.
The Carbon Disclosure Project questionnaire, or the GRI reporting system that can be used internally by the framework to begin to assess what elements of their business to create a climate change risks and opportunities.
Companies can expect to see carbon management increase in importance as the activities of national and international regulations continues in 2010. Along with this trend, the number of products and services designed to help organizations measure and manage their environmental impact will grow, from start-up offers more sophisticated solutions from leading companies such as SAP, IBM and Microsoft. Enterprise software carbon accounting and sustainability consulting services sales will increase as companies seek detailed and real-time information on the effects of climate.
In addition, companies can help in respect of sustainability by organizations that have formed to share environmental technology and solutions. Eco-Patent Commons, launched in 2008 by IBM, Nokia, Pitney Bowes and Sony in collaboration with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to help the environment of patents in the public domain. Organization Mission is to protect the environment and to enable cooperation between the companies promoting new innovations. There are now 100 eco-patents pledged to the public arena through this adventure.
The GreenXchange was created to allow companies to share intellectual property for ecological product design, manufacturing, packaging and other uses. Founded by Nike and other companies, the group is a web-based marketplace where organizations can collaborate and share intellectual property with the aim of developing new business models for sustainability and innovation.
Last year, EDF has launched an Innovation Exchange to encourage companies to share strategies related to energy, water, climate and a host of other issues. As Eco-Patent Commons GreenXchange and, he hopes to publish the new technologies and best practices. EDF content included in the Innovation Exchange, it has evolved over its 20 years of experience working with Fortune 500 companies, including Wal-Mart, FedEx and McDonald’s.
Business advice should be familiar with the implementation of new sustainable business initiatives undertaken by several of the world’s largest companies, as well as tools and resources available to help companies develop their own environmental policies and procedures. Soon, legal services are regularly called to board in the manner of handling current and future mandatory requirements of corporate sustainability, which will not only help avoid responsibility for their companies, but also improve their business and reduce environmental impact .Tags: corporate sustainability, global climate treaty, greenhouse gases, private sector programs, senator john kerry
As a Unitarian Universalist proud of our liberal religious faith, I am convinced that environmental management is important in my religious community. Our fees seventh principle for us to respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are part. UU churches often seem to grow out of the land they are planted, with a preponderance of yurt such as buildings, and the emphasis on union with the environment.
Unitarian Universalist Association of Finland is the land, and my church is actively seeking certified Green Sanctuary by the Ministry of hard to walk on a sustainable eco-talk.
But apart from us, the largest religious community in which we often part company on the basis of religion or dogma, increasing the management of the business seems to predict some cosmic change in traditional theology.
Churches can succeed where the government is unable to connect to an environmental ethic inherent in the lives of all people to change their lives and social structures of a positive impact on the environment
In a thesis, the faith of the environment in the U.S. and strategies for change, written by Angela M. Smith, Center for Environmental Studies at Brown University last May, Smith said that the modern environmental movement has its roots in the spirituality of their ancestors as Thoreau and Muir.
Today, she writes that spirituality can still be seen in the secular segments of ecofeminist and environmental justice environmental movement today. – The things we, UU, we recognize and respond immediately.
He says, however, three important reasons to increase overall confidence based on movements of Stewardship
1) Increase the attention of the mainstream press for environmental action called religious;
2) The crisis in the conscience of a secular movement in the environment, which has been criticized for its inability to promote the broader ethical principles;
3) faith-based environmental movement seen as a way to recapture their past, people like Aldo Leopold’s environmental promises of ethics to guide our relationships with nature, if a widespread disintegration of the stop.
An environmental ethic inherent in the lives of almost all individuals, suggests Smith would change their lives and social structures so that the number of environmental concerns raised drop dramatically. In theory, people would just live fairly and responsibly with the earth, and there would be no conflict between having to drill for oil in a national refuge, for example, or to better promote public transport, because we simply wanted to know what ethically correct solution to this problem is.
Smith also notes that even if the faith-based environmental movement is growing, the percentage of U.S. adult population who are Christians have fallen 86% in 1990 to 77% in 2001. Percentage of non-Christian adults has remained fairly stable, when only ten years to grow less than half a percentage point, reaching 3.7%. In addition, there is a trend where the percentage of adults who identify with specific religious denominations has declined steadily from 90% in 1991 to 81% in 2001.
… Evangelical Christian churches and those who are non-denominational, on the other hand, has the most dramatic increases in membership over the past decade. The Roman Catholic Church, supported by immigrants, has also seen an increase in the number of followers. That said, is composed of people who profess no religion an additional group that has seen a significant increase in number. This suggests that these habits are changing so much to do with a rejection of faith as they do in search of different faiths among Americans.
Can common quest for the maintenance of environmental ethics are the beating heart of our theology in a new direction There are many religiously oriented efforts are underway to help people think about the world in new ways, and down into the Smith three
Creation and spiritual
In the category of Christian stewardship, which includes aspects of creation spirituality and ecological justice, divisions occur, as well as groups try to advance the search for a unified theory of the religious administration.
Often the differences hinge on the principles of economic justice, the main difference between Protestants and Catholics ecology, notes Smith. Protestant ecology, eco-justice can not be one of many approaches to solving the environmental crisis. In Catholicism, … It seems to hold more weight.
To me, that’s the power of faith based environmental efforts, even more poignant.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the foreword of a global effort called the Earth Bible Project, put it this way
The planet Earth is in crisis. Systems of life increasingly threatened. Scientists estimate that at least half and perhaps up to 80% of the world animal and plant species found in tropical forests. Tropical forests are the lungs of the planet producing a large amount of oxygen that humans and other oxygen-dependent creatures need to survive. Tropical forests, unfortunately, still being destroyed at an alarming rate.
Solve the ecological crisis of our planet, but more a problem, we can leave that to the researchers. Just all part of the problem, we are also part of the solution. We all need to come to terms with the forces that created this crisis and the resources within our traditions that can motivate us to resolve the crisis. One of these traditions is our biblical heritage.
The project will develop the principles of the Bible re-read the biblical perspective ecojustice text. The project does not aim to defend the biblical text, blind, says Tutu, but rather to identify those points that can be contributed to the crisis, and reveal these traditions, which were appreciated by the world, but has been suppressed.
It is a complicated, at best, and the team recognizes that many Bible Land of the Bible does not seem to reflect a religious worldview that has been particularly sensitive to the natural environment.
Yet they still hope to discover the traditions of the Earth repressed that resist dominant patriarchal anthropocentric orientation of the text, the readings from the perspective of the Earth the first part of the project biblical Land of six eco-justice principles
1. The principle of real value
The second principle of connectedness
3rd Principle of voice
The fourth principle of purpose
5. The principle of land for the safekeeping of investment is a balanced and diversified area, where the duty officer can work as partners rather than leaders on Earth to keep its balance and a diverse community on earth.
6. Principle of Resistance of Earth and its components, not only suffer from human injustices but actively resist the battle for justice.
This first volume identifies many biblical themes, including an analysis of the book of Amos, which is full of a lot of punches by God from the land and the retention of vital natural resources, like rain.
It also examines Psalm 8, which states that God created man a little less than a god, the crown him with glory and honor. You seem to him the master of all creatures You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and cattle, all wild animals, birds in the sky and fish in the sea, and everything that moves on the road from the sea – a claim that leads a project applicant to enter into the biblical land that the interests of the Earth is certainly not the key.
And then Hebrews 67-8, which states: When the earth drinks the rain that falls on it from time to time, and yields a crop useful to those for which it is cultivated, receives its share of the blessing of God, but if it bears thorns and thistles is worthless and God’s curse hanging over him at the end of this burning. Now, there are precedents for slashing and burning the heavy sky.
Major religious movements of the environment, however, are driven by the fundamental questions of ethics as the relationship and the Rev. Dr. David Pickering of the United Kingdom, which has the environment has to do with the church (Bible Society , 2003)
… Many in the church classified as environmental issues to preserve the civil society – writes the Rev. Pickering. They do a little ‘of places like the bank to money laundering or the environmental agenda of the church is busy with a number of issues competing for their attention. However, it is increasingly recognized that good management of the environment, or creation care is an essential part of discipleship, should be undertaken as part of a Christian response to God’s creation, rather than as an accessory in your life Church. Churches in his report that environmental initiatives are effective mechanism of the Christian mission as they can help the Church to participate in society, which is probably one of the first century urgent.
There, in a word, you have sustainability faith helps churches engage in the life of one of the most pressing issues in the 21st century, the common ground of our planet increasingly ravaged and our hope for Staying Alive on it.
Pickering has a different perspective on the issues of biblical precedent for the care of the Earth.
While the word environment is not in the Bible, he wrote, – importance of environmental protection is implicit in many texts. Genesis 1-2 records two creation stories, each of the aspects of a good relationship between God, humanity and the rest of the created order.
Instead of being controlled or scientific account of the origins of the cosmos in the history of creation in six days sends the message that everything depends for its existence and meaning of the sovereignty of God. The climax of creation, the Sabbath as a day of rest and celebration, reminds us that worship is the first response to God the creator.
Christian environment should naturally flow from it, writes Pickering. The story of creation is a choir, and God saw that it was good, indicating that the creation is not just for what man can get away, but has value in God’s eyes . The chorus reminds humanity that the whole created order is to respect the integrity of the site ruthlessly exploited.
Adding a combination of people, says Pickering, and the image of God, no less, reflecting privilege and responsibility given to us. … The privilege of enjoying the gift of creation and the responsibility for the image of God made to live according to his teaching.
A whole new discipline that has emerged is an eco-theology. Some have been at the forefront of this development for years – Connie Barlow and Michael Dowd, comes to mind right away, with the story of their journeys “great because they have the Spirit of Life a few times today, and which meshes with evolutionary spirituality.
But only recently really eco-theology in the vernacular common religious.
Eco-Congregation A successful blend of theology and ecology of a paper published just last May by Catherine Harmer, Harmer wrote the academic discipline of “ecotheology is still relatively new, and some researchers have difficulty reconcile the relationship between theology and ecology.
Christianity has been and is often accused of being a major contributory factor in the global environmental crisis. Although generally supportive of the care of creation, Christianity is often reprimanded for not always practice what it preaches. Besides Christianity alleged lack of positive action, some Christian doctrines also considered harmful influence on the treatment of humanity on the planet.
Harmer, however, as Pickering, before him, is convinced that Christianity is not in itself disgusting ecological issues, and that positive steps have been taken inside the church to improve the natural conditions.
… It is understandable that the misinterpretation and abuse of theological concepts as “domination”, “free” and “eternal life”, for example, led to the accusation that Christianity is an important factor contributing to the ecological crisis in the world says Harmer.
The real question, environmentalist Jonathon Porritt UK Harmer quotes as saying, not so much whether Christ would have voted Green, but if the church would have declared a heretic by doing so!
Harmer green dots that Christianity is not new, popular only recently, and highlights “A declaration of evangelical creation care,” published in 1994, “to affirm and emphasize that this land belongs to God and that we are accountable to it for them.
Since this statement, Harmer says, much work has been done to adopt environmentally harmful concepts of Christian theology, and from an inclusive theology embraces all creation, with the aim of this theology has been revised to encourage all Christians to become more collectively actually engaged in efforts to solve ecological problems.
Perhaps not surprisingly, is the drive towards sustainability growing religious split in the same direction as the prevailing scientific thought on climate change issues, and often rely on third world poverty.Tags: environmental ethic, green sanctuary, secular movement, traditional theology, unitarian universalist association
How can we benefit from the use of sustainable technologies in homes today, well, that will be covered from the first couple of sentences, is here, so we can understand things more clearly. Sustainable Technology (also known as environmental or ecological technology, etc.), the idea of harnessing the power, which can make the surrounding environment, sources with little or no effect on it. Examples of this might occur in any recovery of power that does not use renewable energy sources like fossil fuels, but the more renewable energy sources such as solar. So how can we harness this energy free to say, the construction of green homes look at the facts …
Using sustainable technology for the home, we turn to things such as solar (both active or passive solar), geothermal, solar, geothermal, wind, hydro home, and so on. These renewable energy resources which are constantly to be read in order to convert it into usable energy for domestic use. It ‘was a nice little’ discoveries in recent decades in these areas, in particular, to develop the production of higher energy of these systems for the extraction of energy. For example, the energy production of solar panels done so many times at the beginning or middle of the 70 century, when they arrived at the first boom in popularity, and today, because of advances in production are the worlds most convenient to implement . People are now also make your own from cheap components, has acquired the project during the weekend a nice pair of devices, a single panel.
Geothermal energy is a sustainable technology, because by using this source of heating and cooling of air and water does not leave a carbon footprint on the environment. Energy is already present, so you can use. Pipes to run the country under the foundation house with the water flowing through the heat recovery uses heat from the ground to pick up and move in water flowing through the pipes. This is then ran into the house to provide hot water and heat your home. These and other ways of extracting energy from the environment are made in such a way as not to deplete non-renewable, draws from renewable sources, is too consumed by anything, and does not increase the deterioration of environmental conditions at all.
The use of these branches of technology development in our house, we can benefit from the use of nature provides the free energy to reduce our expenses a utility to take care of our environment which in turn take care of us, and every time more involved with our environment and better education on how we can free ourselves from the rising costs (monetary and environmental) to live in energy use of fossil fuels.Tags: carbon footprint, cheap components, ecological technology, renewable energy resources, renewable energy sources
The environment has never been bad, but many of its methods. One of the main errors of the environmental movement is a hatred of technology. In fact, environmental damage is not due to technology, this is due to technical error. And using the best technology to solve most problems, the environmental movement decries.
Even though a lot of damage to the environment can certainly blame the technology, such as oil and coal, much damage is actually pretty low-tech. Recording of rain forests, such as deforestation in the Berbers of the Sahara and the American Southwest Anasazi at the time, much earlier, is due to slash and burn agriculture – an ancient practice without a brain that has nothing to do with technology at all. And although many uses of technology today is just as mindless, eliminating the technology is not simply an option. The country does not hold 7000000000 small farmers, if the economy collapses and technology, most people around the world would be dead.
Fortunately, there are real solutions, and are technological in nature. In the energy sector, then move on to better technology, such as hydrogen transport network (link below), and people filled with water and energy needs at current levels and increased through a process that takes nothing from nature that can not be replaced and returns nothing wrong nature. If the rapid industrialization regular pollution in countries like China and India, the solution is as simple as using a chimney filter and filter effluent water technology that already exists in the West and apply their own filters and outlet pipes.
A recent trend in ecology is eco-feminism, which states that women are natural caregivers, while men are by nature destroyers, and patriarchal social arrangements have been terrible for the planet. Although there are many women who are really caring people, and while a good cause could be made to strengthen the role of women in society, I do not see how the hatred of men will solve the problems of world. There are legitimate need to improve the way people relate to the world. Fortunately, there are enough human intelligence – and intelligence science and technology than the average man – to create practical implementations for just the purpose of right.
So there are people in the Abrahamic religions, who says he is God to solve this problem. Well, no, not God. People created this problem, people need to solve this problem and it is not fair to ask God to clean our mess. There are real human solutions to human problems, and they must be in place before expecting any kind of supernatural intervention.
Finally, people who want to live outside the technology must be able to do without dealing with the criminalization and harassment. Freedom means the freedom of lifestyle and the freedom to say anything people should be the rational choice of lifestyle, if you want to live with or without technology. People have a right to contribute and benefit both the man in the world of technological civilization and nature of the world by man. With the two is the reality of the lives of people took advantage of human existence, they are beings of nature as you follow the laws of human nature and the only one to forge questions based on their own. And the experience of life and is a state full of useful things to fight.Tags: effluent water, hatred of men, outlet pipes, rain forests, rapid industrialization