Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church
8505 Church Street (in Ridgefield)
Crystal Lake, IL 60012 * 815-459-1132
"The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it."
Psalm 24: 1
Earth Care Team: Environmental Ministries
Monarch Butterflies - April 30, 10-11am
Please join us for a presentation by Debbie Groat, an expert on monarch butterflies and a member of the Wildflower Preservation and Propagation Committee, on Sunday, April 30, during the education hour at 10:00 a.m. Monarch butterflies are in danger of extinction because of the destruction of their habitat. Come learn what you can do at home to save the monarchs and to learn about the monarch garden the Earth Care Team at RCLPC has planted. ~ Earth Care Team
Green Living Fair - May 7, 10-11am
The RCLPC Earth Care Team is looking forward to our fourth annual Green Living Fair on Sunday, May 7 10am-11am. We will have eleven displays on a variety of eco-topics! Learn more about: Monarch butterflies, opportunities for RCLPC thru Faith in Place (plus LED bulb give-away!), natural lawn care, baby chicks, vegetarian cooking (always good!), canning & using a pressure cooker, recently passed Illinois Future Energy Jobs legislation, copies of 2017 Green Guide, opportunity to vote for Your Favorite Eco-Project for this year, sample Equal Exchange chocolate and find out more about Eco-Justice. Plus much more! ~ Earth Care Team
Smart Energy Workshop - May 14, 10-11am
Understanding incentives, rebates, hourly pricing, and alternative suppliers can be confusing. Come clear the fog with Faith in Place staff as we learn how to take advantage of these programs to save money and maximize energy efficiency. ~ Earth Care Team
These tips brought to you by the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County. Find them at www.MCDEF.ORG.
All the energy we use comes from the earth. Electricity is made using the earth's resources like coal, oil or natural gas, which we know are finite and cause pollution. But some energy comes from wind and solar. Renewable energy doesn't pollute the air or the water and is a super choice for homes and offices. However, unlike natural gas and coal, we can't store up wind and sunshine to use whenever we need to make more electricity. What we can do is create the demand for more renewable energy when possible. In Illinois choose an energy supplier that produces wind power, or install solar panels on your home. It costs more, but if we increase the demand, eventually the costs will come down. Pair that with strong conservation habits, and consumer costs can be managed. Like everything in life, all the pieces working together can make a beautiful picture and a positive impact.
Nature Is for Refuge and Retreat
Or so preached Theodore Roosevelt, famous for his conservation efforts as president. Under his authority, five national parks were created, as well as 51 wildlife refuges, 18 national monuments and 150 new national forests. Go, Teddy! On a smaller scale, we can regularly recharge by immersing ourselves in nature. Studies show that disconnecting from electronic devices - even for a short time - can boost our creativity and improve well-being. Kids especially reap physical, mental and emotional rewards from spending free time outdoors. So thank Teddy Roosevelt for preserving our country's wide-open green spaces ... then get out with your family and enjoy it!
Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Former President Obama's $80 million stimulus earmarked for clean and green energy solutions was unprecedented. And while it hasn't worked out perfectly, the action underscored the goal of moving the country toward renewable resources. We can show our kids where our values lie by taking action in any number of ways. Giving money to church and charities we support. Buying locally made or nontoxic products. Not buying products. Investing in socially conscious companies. Voting for leaders who focus on education or the environment. Participating in neighborhood clean-ups. The list is endless.
In McHenry County, the first Wednesday of each month is Green Wednesday! Time to gather to discuss environmental topics, plus reconnect with eco-friends and make new ones. Join us at Duke's Alehouse & Kitchen, 110 N Main Street in Crystal Lake. The event is upstairs at Duke's from 5-7pm. Head upstairs for info and inspiration, business and pleasure.
Come talk about "greening" the future with others. Additional parking is available at the train station.
2017 SCHEDULE - Tentative
May 3rd, 2017 - Brad Woodson, Natural Resource Manager at the McHenry County Conservation District will speak about the agricultural programs at the District that use best management practices and encourage the protection of the flora, fauna and soils of the publicly held lands.
June 7, 2017 - David Christensen, Director of MC Emergency Management Agency, will be speaking on Climate Disruption Preparedness based on the brand-new McHenry County Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan. He'll focus on such things as protection of our watersheds in order to mitigate problems associated with droughts and flooding.
Upcoming Green Drinks Topics:
Check the weblink at http://www.greendrinks.org/ for additional information about upcoming green topics.
The McHenry County Green Drinks is apart of an international network of over 600 Green Drinks groups throughout the world.These events are very simple and unstructured, but many people have found employment, made friends, developed new ideas, and had moments of serendipity.
In March 2017 the Board of Pensions announced that $100 million in investments would go into environmentally responsible markets. Rev. Frank Spencer, President of the Board, noted that this direction supports church investment in companies that are responding to climate change by averting 13,400 tons of CO2 emissions each year, all while generating positive investment returns.
Rev. Spencer stated the importance of this action: "It is urgent that we collectively address climate change, which has already brought great suffering to the world's less fortunate. We do that through engagement, advocacy, and supporting innovation. We cannot shy away from this challenge. It is a matter of social justice."