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Friday, September 18, 2009

Community organisations to go green

PRESCHOOLS, retirement homes and sport clubs around NSW will soon go green, under $5.9 million in state government grants for energy and water upgrades.

Environment Minister John Robertson announced the funding for the Community Savers grants, which will allow community organisations to complete upgrades including switching to solar hot water or lighting retrofits.

Mr Robertson said the projects will save 125 million litres of water and 4,560 tonnes of carbon pollution a year.

"To protect our environment and prepare for the reality of climate change we need everyone to contribute, including all levels of government and the community," he said.

The grants, of up to $40,000, will go to 247 community organisations under the Government's Climate Change Fund.,25197,26080698-5006784,00.html

Does anyone know if churches will be covered under this?

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+