In 2007 the world was challenged by the IPCC – Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – to reduce our collective carbon footprint by 80% by 2030 to avoid catastrophe climate change. In response, United Earth Ministries began to seek ways for United Church to model ideas of how this may be achieved. With the addition of solar panels we have reduced our carbon footprint 52%. So how do we reduce another 30%?
Alan Johnson from United Earth Ministries and a former staff person at the NC Botanical Garden will talk natural landscapes, indigenous plantings, and how to cultivate outdoor space to benefit the whole of creation. Increasingly the whole of creation has been and is cultivated by humankind. There are fewer and fewer places on earth where human activity is not predominant. For example, the flora and fauna of our church grounds reflect ground that was previously farmed or used as a pasture for livestock. What we plant and how we cultivate the earth entrusted to us, will be seen for generations.