Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina

Join the 21-Day Eco-Challenge

Join the 21-Day Eco-Challenge- CCA Registration is open.

In his book Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard, Chip Heath suggests that leaders who are seeking organizational change may slip into ideas about others like “Why are these people acting so badly? They must be bad people.” Instead, he suggests that we lead by setting up situations that bring out the good in people, including ourselves. This holds true for families, churches, faith communities, neighborhoods, and individuals.

Both individual and collective changes are often difficult. Sometimes a brief restart or behavioral experiment can support a new habit. This is one reason why the Creation Care Alliance is inviting all and any faith communities and individuals to participate in the 21-Day Eco-Challenge October 3-24, 2018.

The EcoChallenge is a 21-day sustainability engagement program. Individuals and faith communities track and share their creation care progress online in a robust platform and earn points for taking action. The combination of collective action, camaraderie, and friendly competition make change a little easier — and a lot more fun. The EcoChallenge is free and open to the public.

EcoChallenge provides tools and inspiration to turn intention into action and gives participants a fun and social way to think about and act on proven solutions that make a difference for you, your community, and the planet. Over 100 actions within nine Challenge categories provide participants with diverse options to take action. Challenge categories include waste, food, health, transportation, energy, community, nature, water, simplicity and “create your own”.

You can participate in two ways.

  1. You can join the Creation Care Alliance Team Scott Hardin-Nieri is the current team Captain and can answer questions you might have.  scott@creationcarealliance.org

2. Register as a congregational or organizational team (it only takes one person to form a team)

If you are joining the October Eco-Challenge as a team, please consider naming the organization Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina/Mountaintrue with your congregational team name. This will help us identify congregations that are connected to our network while still highlighting your congregational team name. 

An example would be: Organization: Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina Team Name: First Christian Church, Black Mountain.

If you wish, you can actually have multiple teams within the same congregation such as “First Presbyterian Youth” and “First Presbyterian Elders”.

We hope to have several CCA faith community teams across Western North Carolina participate and feel like we can learn together and generate more support if we have a coordinated effort. 

Last year during the Global Project Drawdown Eco-Challenge the Asheville High School Team ranked #1 of 750 teams. 

You can get a sense of the format and impact here from the CCA team that participated last spring.

Take a look at our COLLECTIVE IMPACT- Small actions add up to big impact — this is what happens when thousands of actions are taken together.

Up to 150,402 POUNDS OF CO2 HAVE BEEN SAVED
UP TO 56,169 GALLONS OF WATER HAVE BEEN SAVED
UP TO183,396 MINUTES SPENT LEARNING
UP TO 21,165 MEATLESS OR VEGAN MEALS CONSUMED
UP TO 18,138 MILES TRAVELLED BY CARPOOL
UP TO 4,793 LOCALLY SOURCED MEALS CONSUMED
UP TO 2,677 LIGHTBULBS REPLACED
UP TO 200 HOURS VOLUNTEERED
UP TO 2,037 PUBLIC OFFICIALS OR LEADERS CONTACTED
UP TO 3,706 CONVERSATIONS WITH PEOPLE
UP TO 493 PEOPLE HELPED
UP TO 716 DOCUMENTARIES WATCHED
UP TO 7,655 MILES TRAVELLED BY BIKE
UP TO 6,689 ZERO-WASTE MEALS CONSUMED
UP TO 35,334 MILES TRAVELLED BY BUS

Youth to gather at Mission: Earth 2018

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It Was a Week of Listening . . .

This past June, I joined other church leaders, farmers, foragers, justice advocates and theologians for the Wake Forest School of Divinity Summer Institute in Swannanoa – or as we called it throughout the week, Katuah, the Cherokee name for these parts of Western North Carolina.
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What Lent Can Teach Us About Uncertainty and Action

As spring emerges around us, some Christians are observing the season of Lent, a 40-day period of sacrifice and preparation prior to Easter Sunday. While Easter is a celebration of new life, forgiveness, and wholeness, Lent takes on a more introspective and somber tone, reflecting the defining moments in the wilderness in the early stories of Jesus. The beginning of this period is marked by Ash Wednesday, when ashes are placed on the foreheads of the gathered to indicate grief, humility and repentance. Ash Wednesday blessings often use the words: “Remember, you are from dust and to dust you return.” Men, women, children, babies, students, executives, coal miners, bartenders, everybody who chooses to receive ashes on their foreheads at this time are reminded of the fragility, gifts and natural cycles of life. Read More

Piney Mountain United Methodist Church to Reduce Carbon Emissions by 386 Tons- Featured on Asheville.com

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Moving beyond coal – and the rhetoric around it. Guest Columnist Sarah Ogletree and Abbey Ende

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Sarah Ogletree

CCA Intern, Sarah Ogletree and Asheville High School Student, Abbey Ende wrote a column for the Asheville Citizen-Times regarding coal and hopes for the future.  They wrote:

“To address the complicated social, environmental, and economic issues of coal in America, we must hear from multiple sides of the story. We must listen to the Read More

Service

The Creation Care Alliance of western North Carolina aims to bring together morally-driven citizens and organizations, whether they are clergy, congregations, people of faith, or other community members, to support and expand our creation care efforts through inspiration, education, service and advocacy.

We live out the service component of our mission by organizing regular volunteer workdays open to our members and the general public. Examples of service projects we have conducted in the past include non-native invasive plant removals, community garden improvements, planting live stakes along rivers to prevent sediment erosion, and more. We advertise our upcoming service workdays on our event calendar and we hope you’ll take a look and see if you are available to join us soon to live out our faith by giving back to our community and helping steward creation.

Education

The Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina aims to bring together morally-driven citizens and organizations, whether they are clergy, congregations, people of faith, or other community members, to support and expand our creation care efforts through inspiration, education, service and advocacy.

We work with many partner organizations, faith leaders and topic area experts to host educational events and share information and resources with our supporters. Examples of nationally renowned leaders in the movement for climate justice who we have invited to Asheville for events include Kathering Heyhoe, Tim DeChristopher, and John Frey. We also each year host panel discussions as a part of the Wild Goose Festival in Hot Springs, NC where we bring an inter-faith perspective to discussions on current climate change issues. Check out our events calendar to see upcoming opportunities to learn with us or visit our resource page to access valuable information you can use in working within your own community to advance creation care.

Take Action!

Join us for an educational program to learn about ways you can care for creation.