|Love God Heal Earth: 21 Leading Religious Voices Speak Out on Our Sacred Duty to Protect the Environment by the Rev. Canon Sally G. Bingham brings together 21 highly regarded spiritual leaders from diverse faiths to make the case for environmental stewardship and show how their faith communities are tackling the issue of religion and environment.|
|Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect Earth’s climate by Mallory McDuff offers stories (including several from Interfaith Power & Light affiliates) about how religious leaders, activists, and everyday parishioners are acting in good faith to define a new environmental movement where honoring the Creator means protecting the planet. Includes a foreword by Bill McKibben and an afterword by the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham.|
|Moral Ground is a book that brings together the testimony of more than eighty visionaries—theologians and religious leaders, naturalists, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, activists, and writers—to present a compelling call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibility to the planet. In the face of environmental degradation, species extinction, and climate change, scientific knowledge alone does not tell us what we ought to do. Nor can political processes or economic incentives give us all the answers. The missing premise of the argument and the much-needed centerpiece in the debate to date has been the need for ethical values, moral guidance, and principled reasons for doing the right thing for the future of our planet, its animals, its plants, and its people.|
|Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living offers expert advice from the Union of Concerned Scientists on the best ways to reduce your global warming emissions. Based on an in-depth, two-year study, this new book shows you the most effective strategies for reducing your global warming emissions, and how to take action at work, in your community, and politically. You’ll find answers to such questions as: Do books or e-readers cause more emissions? Is it worth washing clothes in cold water? Is buying organic cotton really a better option for the climate?|
|Natural Saints: How People of Faith Are Working to Save God’s Earth, by Mallory McDuff, includes the stories of Interfaith Power and Light (IPL) affiliates helping to shape a religious environmental movement across the country, where justice as a priority for congregations means a clean and safe environment for all. This book highlights eight key ministries: protecting human dignity, feeding the hungry, responding to natural disasters, seeking justice, making a pilgrimage, creating sacred spaces, educating youth, and bearing witness.|
|Claiming Earth as Common Ground, by Rabbi Andrea Cohen-Kiener, gathers insights from ecology coalitions, emerging theologies, and spiritual and environmental activists to rally and inspire us to work across denominational lines in order to fulfill our sacred imperative to care for God’s creation. Cohen-Kiener and contributors clearly outline the shared values of our faith traditions that drive our commitment to care for the earth. Acknowledging the challenges in working together to implement positive change, they present steps—both big and small, for individuals and groups—for reversing our direction from consumption to sustainability.|
|Right Relationship: Building a Whole Earth Economy, by Peter G. Brown and Geoffrey Carver, uses the core Quaker principle of “right relationship”—interacting in a way that is respectful to all and that aids the common good—as the foundation for a new economic model. Right Relationship poses five basic questions: What is an economy for? How does it work? How big is too big? What’s fair? And how can it best be governed?|
|A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, by Katharine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley, untangles the complex science and tackles many long-held misconceptions about global warming. Authored by a climate scientist and a pastor, A Climate for Change boldly explores the role of the Christian faith can play in guiding our opinions on this important global issue.|
The Land of Curiosities, by Deanna Neil, is the first tale in a series of highly-acclaimed eco-adventures that explore themes like the relationship between faith and ecology. This is a great gift to teach environmental history and promote eco-values for young readers. Join the Clifton family as they explore Yellowstone the year that it is declared the world’s first national park. In their first adventure, James and Alice must ultimately learn to protect each other and the environment as they uncover the evil plot of Billy “Bloody” Knuckles. Click here to order. Interfaith Power and Light gets $5 for each purchase through this site. Be sure and type “Interfaith Power and Light” in the designated field during the purchase process.
Energy Savings For The Novice, by Dennis Fijalkowski and Mary Steele. Saving energy can be fun! Make it a family activity! Teach your children and grandchildren the value of saving money and protecting the planet. You will find as your energy saving activities increase so does your wealth. Use this newly created wealth to fund other things such as vacations, college education or energy saving home improvements. “Energy Savings” reveals how enlightened Americans are taking steps to reduce their dependence on petroleum. Additional ways to conserve energy include personal transportation, water conservation, landscaping to save energy and energy sources for the future.
The Green Bible, ed. by Harper One, is a Green Letter Edition of the NRSV Bible with verses that speak to God’s care for creation highlighted in green. The Bible includes a topical index and green Bible trail study guide, and inspirational essays from leaders and thinkers. Printed with soy-based ink on recycled paper.
Your Will Be Done on Earth: Eco-Spiritual Activities for 12-15 Year-Olds, by Christie L. Jenkins, is an excellent resource for anyone working with youth. Relevant religious and scientific background is provided for each activity. The Lessons include Purpose, Teacher Outlines, Resource Sheets, and Discussion Questions. Closely incorporates scripture.
Caring for God’s World: Creative Ecology Ideas For Your Church, edited by Kristin Kemper. This 100-page guide is divided into children and youth sections, each containing several games, activities, crafts, songs, plays, and youth liturgies. An older resource, but still relevant.
Operation Creation, by Barb Holtz with Jody Gunn and David Radcliff, is a five-session care for creation curriculum for elementary children provided by the New Community Project. This14-page PDF resuorce contains lesson plans for children. Each includes an introduction, scripture, prayer, craft, activity/snack, story, mission, closing, and take-home assignment.
Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children, by Michael Caduto and Joseph Bruchac, helps children connect with the natural world while telling important environmental concepts. Each section contains a Native American story, discussion ideas, interesting questions, and related indoor and outdoor activities.
Honi the Circlemaker: Eco-Fables from Ancient Israel, by Barry Schwartz, retells the wondrous deeds of Honi-the-Circlemaker, who wandered over the land of ancient Israel planting carob seeds and spreading goodwill.
Traditional Tree Tales from the Auerbach Central Agency for Jewish Education contains three short tales adapted from the Talmud or traditional Jewish fairy tales. These short and simple stories can be told to young children or acted out.
Let’s Explore God’s World, by Debby Anderson, is an energetic romp across God’s wide, wonderful planet prompts kids to join in the experience of nature while cheerfully guiding them in the adventure of caring for his world. Combining an instructional focus on the five senses with a spiritual focus on God’s gift of life, the book encourages kids and caring adults to have a blast exploring–and learning to protect–our earthly home.
The North Pole is Sinking! A Tale about Global Warming, by Ethan Khiem Matasuda and Michael Matasuda, is written by a schoolteacher and his son. This engaging children’s book helps children understand their roles as global citizens, the big picture of global warming, and the importance of making a contribution.
Wicked Cool Sustainable Solutions for the Earth Coloring Book, by Becky Johnson, is an engaging, creative tool to get kids thinking about their impact on the Earth. This terrific classroom or home-schooling resource includes sections on Local Environment, Food, Conscious Consuming, Energy, Transportation, and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Ecology Crafts for Kids: 50 Great Ways to Make Friends with Planet Earth, by Bobbie Needham, is a colorful, user-friendly book full of large photographs and easy step-by-step instructions to make crafts from recycled or reused materials (and bits of nature). Projects include gift wrap, planters, envelopes, bird feeders, mosaics, puppets, and candles.
Play Lightly on the Earth: Nature Activites for Children 3 to 9 Years Old, by Jacqueline Horsfall, provides ideas for outdoor activities with an emphasis on learning and exploring while minimizing one’s impact. Each activity contains an objective, preperations, options and discussion questions well-suited for young children.
Journey for the Planet: A Kid’s Five Week Adventure to Create and Earth-Friendly Life, by David Gershon, is another useful guidebook full of earth-actions for kids, complete with reasons behind each action, materials needed, time, and fun illustrations.
ShopIPL.org is an online energy efficiency store for faith communities and their members sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light.
Greening Congregations Handbook: Stories, Ideas, and Resources for Cultivating Creation Awareness and Care in Your Congregations is a 225 page handbook from Earth Ministry that is a “tool box” for all who want to foster creation awareness and care in their congregations. It helps readers actively respond to the question, “Why should people of faith care for creation?” and also helps congregations develop an enduring, creation-honoring focus within all dimensions of congregational life, including worship and education, facilities and institutional life, community outreach, and denominational, ecumenical and interfaith partnerships.
Cherish the Gift: A Congregational Guide to Earth Stewardship by Cindy Ubben Causey is a 150 page, comprehensive guide to planning earth stewardship within a congregation. Its chapters canvass most areas of a congregation and offer practical ideas for change. Education, property, worship, nursery, retreats, publicity, and outreach are just a few of the chapters.
Footprint Files: Ideas to Help Congregations Care for Creation and Reduce their Footprint is a superb compendium of ideas, reflections, activities, and tips to help congregations care for creation rather than destroy it. Provided by the Diocesan Environmental Commission of British Columbia, this resource is beautifully presented with illustrations and is very useful for various groups, including clergy, youth leaders, Sunday school teachers, social action committees, councils, and parishoners. Each copy includes electronic resources for distribution.
What on Earth Can You Do? Making Your Church a Creation Awareness Center by Donna Lehman is a 200 page book that combines personal stories of stewardship with denominational insights and ideas from brainstorming sessions for ways that congregations can minister to creation.
Climate and Church: How Global Climate Change will Impact Core Church Ministries by the National Council of Churches‘ Eco-Justice Program effectively explains how climate change will impact church ministries through disaster relief, Refugee Resettlement, and Fodd Security issues. An excellent resource for clergy and church leaders.
God’s Creation and Global Warming: What song are we singing in this warming world? This is a 28-slide powr point presentation that can be used or modified for a congreagtion’s needs. It is comprised almost entirely of quotes from either scripture, theologians, authors, politicians and scientists to paint a thorough view of climate change and the need for a religious response.
The Cry of Creation: Global Warming and Global Justice by the Interfaith Climate Change Network is an eight page document that explains how and why global warming disproportionately affects the poor, ending with solutions.
101 Ways to Help Save the Earth: with fifty-two Weeks of Congregational Activities to Save the Earth offers 101 ways individuals can change their daily habits for environmental stewardship, and includes 52 weeks of congregational activities. Published jointly by the Greenhouse Crisis Foundation and the Eco-Justice Working Group of the National Council of Churches.
Global Warming Actions Kits Vol 1 & Vol 2 from the Unitarian Univeralist Ministry for the Earth are full of creative ideas and ready-to-use resources. Plays, songs, sermons, community projects, lightbulb sales, carpooling, caluculating carbon footprints, and more. Dozens of actions, easily adaptable to different congregations.
Earth and Faith: A Book of Reflection for Action, ed. Libby Bassett, et al.is an eighty-page book published by the Interfaith Partnership for the Environment of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) publishedon the world’s religions and ecology for congregational discussions and services. This books provides a brief overview of contemporary environmental issues and examines the efforts of the United Nations (UN) in addressing these important situations. theough the use of primary religious texts, it provides a unified religious theme of human responsibility for protecting the natural world.