YORK - Nearly a decade ago, Mary Ross took the first step when she invited the congregation to join her in “prayers to save our precious and fragile earth.” She repeats that prayer each Sunday and it has become such an integral part of worship that other church members repeat it in her absence.
Step by step, First Parish Church has been at work reducing our carbon footprint. Early efforts included energy audits, a plan to reduce our energy consumption, and implementation of that plan. Individually and collectively, we made strides to expand recycling efforts. We began to work collaboratively with other groups in the York community, joining forces in specific initiatives, learning together, discovering unmet needs, and identifying ways in which First Parish Church might expand its efforts and become a greater agent of change.
The mission of the Creation Care Committee is to be that agent of change. Linda Drew, one of the driving forces in creating the Committee and its chair shares, “We are committed to becoming a 'zero waste' church and that means we reduce, reuse, and recycle. Beach clean-up, composting and tire pressure checks are just a few of the ways we are making a difference in York. We strive to educate the community about ways to reduce each of our carbon footprints.”
As part of the Committee’s educational mission, the public is invited at attend an informational night on Tuesday, July 17 at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Parish Church, 180 York St., York. The guest speaker, Kevin Drew, is a world-renowned expert with over 35 years of experience, including directing non-profit recycling and reuse operations and shaping resource conservation policy at local and state levels. For the past five years, he has served as Senior Residential Zero Waste Coordinator at the San Francisco Department of the Environment. In that capacity, he has worked to connect the city’s organics recovery program to a circular economic model with proven means of sequestering carbon. This collaboration holds promise as a way for cities to utilize their organics to pull carbon out of the atmosphere, an effective climate mitigation action. According to Drew, “The solution [to climate change] is in our hands.” Learn how.
The program is endorsed by York Ready for 100% and is free of charge. The Sanctuary is accessible and air-conditioned. All are welcome.
For more information, call (207) 363-3758 or go to www.firstparishyork.net. Join us on Facebook (www.firstparishyork) and “come walk with us.”