Millions of people of faith are making the connection between the way we live and the looming environmental crisis. We know we need to change our dependence on fossil fuels and to use water more wisely, but the scale of the crisis is daunting, and the life habits that got us into this mess are deeply ingrained. Do we even recognize how our relationship to money is an obstacle to living in more just and sustainable ways? Our guests will show us what happens when we love God and God’s people enough to take a step toward life choices that honor God’s creation. Joelle Novey of Interfaith Power and Light will share how congregations of many faiths are responding constructively to climate change. In taking one faithful step after another, Brian Higgins and his family have created a beautiful, sustainable life. Their stories will inspire us all to more deeply connect our faith and money to the imperative of our time—to be faithful stewards of God’s creation.
Joelle Novey directs Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA), which supports hundreds of congregations of all faith traditions, across Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia, in saving energy, going green, and responding to climate change: www.gwipl.org. She speaks widely about the role of religious communities in addressing climate change.
Motivated by his faith commitments, Brian Higgins continuously explores new ways to reduce his carbon footprint. Brian and his wife heat their home with corn, fuel their car with vegetable oil, lease solar panels, grow a 1,000 square-foot garden on their home’s small urban lot, and much more, teaching their young daughter and having fun creating a more sustainable life. He walks to his job as a psychiatric social worker at a Takoma Park, MD, hospital.