Every major religion has an ethic of creation care. Caring for our natural environment shows respect and love for the creator as well as respect and love for our fellow creatures, both human and otherwise. The Earth and the natural resources that power our lives are gifts from God. Are we using them wisely?
In Georgia, approximately 30% of our electricity is generated by coal-burning power plants. Unfortunately, both the mining and burning of coal has devastating impacts on creation. (Find out your connection to coal from mountaintop removal mining.) When coal is burned, it releases pollutants with harmful effects ranging from health concerns such as respiratory problems and neurological damage to environmental issues such as acid rain, smog, and climate change.
The way we power our world harms the earth as well as ourselves. We can be better stewards of our resources by producing electricity sustainably and investing in energy efficiency so we use less electricity. We have great potential for renewable sources of energy in Georgia, such as wind, solar, hydro-electricity, and energy generated from agricultural sources or landfill gas.