Today, as I walked in the woods, I was suddenly seeing all the leaves budding open as if they were little solar energy panels for the plants and trees–only much more beautiful and efficient than the solar energy panels we humans are able to make. We are in those weeks when the plants are waking up and starting their solar production once more. And our own celebration is to make a decision about solar energy, so that panels can be put on our roof as soon as possible.
Last week, we had a roofing company come to replace all the worn shingles, so the roof would be ready. Then we read solar proposals and asked questions, and tried to decide between some great local companies who are installing solar panels in our area. That was the toughest part of the decision. We also took into consideration the total life cycle environmental impact of the panels themselves, and that helped us to choose SolarWorld panels which are made in the United States, and score high on all measures of environmental accountability and worker treatment. Who knew there were so many factors to consider?
Meanwhile, my time has been very busy with church work, and I am sorry to have neglected this blogging. Yesterday, I preached on a topic related to Faith Climate Action Week, and found this quote by Gus Speth, a U.S. advisor on climate change:
“I used to think that top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that.”
It is good to be serving a congregation that is interested in such a cultural and spiritual transformation! They support the changes Margy and I are making, and many other families are also asking how they can lower their carbon footprint. We give each other hope and strength.