Community Impact

Identify specific environmental needs of the faith or larger community

Suggested Practices and Examples for Implementation:
  • Ask the members of your own faith community about their environmental concerns and priorities
  • Google search “environmental non profit _____” and enter your town or county name in that blank
  • Read articles in local publications about environmental issues in your area
  • Meet with area professors or teachers who teach environmental sciences and ask about the most pressing environmental concerns for your community
  • Get on the mailing list for environmental groups in your area, or if there aren’t any, a statewide or national group (such as the Sierra Club, The Nature Conservancy, or 350.org)
  • Learn what’s impacting the water, land, air, and general health of your neighbors (for example, coal ash in your local watershed, landfills close to neighborhoods, etc.)
General Information Related to this Strategy:
  • EPA’s “My Environment” tool: learn about the air, water, climate, land, energy use, and health conditions of your community
Available Resources in Western North Carolina:
Local Faith Communities Currently Utilizing this Strategy:

 

Participate in community environmental outreach and advocacy initiatives

Suggested Practices and Examples for Implementation:
  • Attend community events put on by environmental non-profits, groups or clubs in your area to meet the members and leaders
  • Respond to calls to action issued by environmental groups
  • Find out if area schools need help with any environmental or sustainability initiatives for their students and offer to help out or participate
  • Volunteer with an environmental organization in your area
  • Attend marches, rallies, protests, or other events in support of Creation and your community
  • Attend city council meetings and voice concerns for the community
General Information Related to this Strategy:
Available Resources in Western North Carolina:
Local Faith Communities Currently Utilizing this Strategy:

 

Encourage ongoing involvement with and support of environmental initiatives

Suggested Practices and Examples for Implementation:
  • Invite members of your faith community to come with you to community events focused on environmental concerns
  • Host an educational event about an environmental issue that is important to your community
  • Share announcements about events, advocacy campaigns, and volunteer opportunities with your community
  • Write a letter to your local paper or speak up at a community meeting to express your concerns about environmental issues and encourage others to join you in taking action
  • Display materials on climate and environmental justice organizations/groups supported by your faith community
General Information Related to this Strategy:
Available Resources in Western North Carolina:
Local Faith Communities Currently Utilizing this Strategy:
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