Solor Power for St. John's

 

On April 24, 2016, a grateful congregation celebrated the installation of new, energy-saving solar panels on St John’s campus while our Rector, The Rev Susan Springer — precariously tethered to the roof — gamely blessed the project. These high-efficiency panels will save the church approximately $100,000 over their lifetime, reduce our carbon footprint and help save the planet!

In their latest sobering “Fast Facts about Global Warming”, Interfaith Power and Light warns us that “atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane and nitrous oxide have increased to levels unprecedented in at least 800,000 years; that our food, water supplies and oceans are at risk; our forests and wetlands are overwhelmed; and 75% of the world’s coral reefs are threatened, all of which is primarily human-induced” (1) By installing solar power, St John’s will significantly reduce our carbon footprint by keeping hundreds of tons of carbon pollution out of the atmosphere every year.

Many of us have been inspired by the mega-gathering on climate change in Paris and the Pope’s 2015 encyclical on ecology and are experiencing a new level of global consciousness. As we witness near-Biblical droughts and floods in the United States and watch violent instability abroad— with large areas of developing countries suffering crop failures and mass starvation due in large part to climate change— we are becoming ever more conscious of the interconnectedness of all life sharing this Earth, our common home; we know that this is our time to act, and to “show in {our} lives what {we} profess in our faith”(2), Climate change is a moral issue that is calling all of us, as stewards of creation, to learn, pray and act so that we can be an energy-saving role-model for our own faith community and an inspiration to others for a cleaner, healthier world now and for future generations.

To learn details of the Planning and Financing of this solar project, click here.

1. Interfaith Power and Light: Fast Facts about Global Warming
2. BCP pg 223