14 comments17 Mar 2008 @ 09:36 by jazzolog : Coverage of Ohio Interfaith Power&Light
The Columbus Dispatch covered the Ohio Interfaith Power and Light meeting Saturday afternoon, and published its report on the front page of the MetroAndState section yesterday~~~
Religious community helping planet
Coalition fervent about environment, energy
Sunday, March 16, 2008 3:28 AM
By Alan Johnson
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
She drives a solar-powered golf cart, lives in a chicken barn she converted to an energy-efficient home, and sometimes refuses to fly because planes create too much carbon dioxide.
Sister Paula Gonzalez of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati is among a growing number of people in the religious community who believe environmentalism isn't just a cause, but a commandment.
"I detect an enormous feeling among people who want to have more meaning in their lives," said Gonzalez, 75, co-chairwoman of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light, a diverse statewide coalition of religious leaders and lay people.
"A connecting with the Earth is beginning to happen in our culture."
Gonzalez joined about 100 people yesterday at the coalition's first conference, held at Broad Street Presbyterian Church in Columbus.
The hot topic? Climate change.
The keynote speaker, the Rev. Sally Bingham, environmental minister at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco and a founder of the Regeneration Project, called global warming "the most important moral issue for this generation."
War, terrorism and poverty, while important, she said, "pale in light of what potentially could happen to this planet."
Bingham said she is encouraged because religious groups are finally getting a seat at the environmental table alongside scientists and politicians.
Ohio is the 24th state to join the coalition, Bingham said. She said the Buckeye State is particularly important because it relies so heavily on coal for energy production. Al Compaan, director of the physics and astronomy department at the University of Toledo and a solar-power researcher, said it's a myth that Ohio doesn't get enough sun to support developing alternative energy.
Most of the state gets 86 percent of the sun that Orlando, Fla., does and 79 percent of the sunlight that San Diego receives, Compaan said.
David Wilhelm, former Democratic national party chairman and campaign manager for President Clinton, now works to bring energy-related and other venture-capital investments to Appalachian Ohio.
He said that with Gov. Ted Strickland, a Democrat, and Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted, a Republican, advocating renewable energy requirements, the state is moving in the right direction.
Still, he urged religious leaders to lobby elected officials about alternative-energy issues being debated in the General Assembly.
Wilhelm, a native of coal country in southeastern Ohio, said he has "seen firsthand the result of an economy that relies on nonsustainable resources."
Gonzalez, known as the "solar nun," has three degrees, including a doctorate in biology.
After learning about solar energy more than 20 years ago, Gonzalez designed and did much of the work in converting a former chicken barn at the Sisters of Charity into "Casa del Sol," the apartment she shares with another nun.
She also renovated a building on campus that is heated in the winter entirely by solar and geothermal energy.
Tending to the Earth "is my ministry," Gonzalez said.
Copyright © 2008, The Columbus Dispatch
Sister Gonzalez' converted chicken barn, which she calls EarthConnection.
The Dispatch reporter turned my exchange with David Wilhelm Saturday into a blog entry~~~
Yes, there are three presidential candidates left
Perhaps David Wilhelm, former national Democratic chairman, can be forgiven if he forgets now and then that Republican John McCain is running for president.
Speaking today to the Ohio Interfaith Power and Light conference in Columbus, a gathering of religious leaders discussing "green energy," Wilhelm addressed a question about why environmentalism hasn't risen to the forefront of issues in the presidential campaign.
"I think both candidates have addressed the issue substantially, but it hasn't come to the point of using it in paid advertising," he said, referring to Democrats Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
A member of the audience shot to his feet.
"There are three candidates," he corrected.
"Oh, yes, I guess there are," Wilhelm responded. "I know two of them have addressed the issue."
Posted by Alan Johnson, Statehouse reporter on March 15, 2008 3:57 PM
I decided to leave a comment as follows~~~
I suppose a "statehouse reporter" can be forgiven if he doesn't discern whether a member of the audience "shot to his feet" or already had been standing as the original questioner Mr. Wilhelm was answering. I confess to needling David somewhat with my remark about 3 candidates to get a cheap laugh, but it certainly was clear to all he had not forgotten McCain. It was good of the former chairman to chuckle along with those of us who didn't have an editorial bias to promote.
Posted by: Richard Carlson | March 17, 2008 4:58 AM
The comment has to be reviewed by the "blog owner" before it's published to the web. We'll see if it goes up or not.
18 Mar 2008 @ 19:31 by celestial : Jazz
The link to Ben didn't work for me... I got this:
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Please contact the server administrator, firstname.lastname@example.org and inform them of the time the error occurred, and anything you might have done that may have caused the error.
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Eventually, I did get to see the demonstration and it is awesome. I have more comments on this post but not enough time today to cover all of it.
19 Mar 2008 @ 04:23 by a-d : How about....
# The WildEast News ; galacton's blog here and the article: "Rumourmill Urgently Activated" ?!?... Doesn't hurt to be informed, does it? ; )
19 Mar 2008 @ 08:35 by jazzolog : Thank You Celestial. And A-D?
Ah! That period at the end of the link/sentence was the problem. Fixed now.
Link to the galacton blog?
19 Mar 2008 @ 13:56 by a-d : Jazzo;
I said : "WildEastNews" owned by "Galacton" = the guy's Username, like your's is "Jazzolog"!.... ( right now WildEastNews is number four from top ) Some "hot" stuff/info there ! For crying out loud!...link! just go to communicate where our blogs are listed!!!!!!!! how hard can that be?!?!? ; )
19 Mar 2008 @ 17:27 by jazzolog : Link For WildEastNews
For those not recognizing the NCN Log or visitors from elsewhere on the Internet, WildEastNews is here~~~
19 Mar 2008 @ 19:28 by celestial : Hi Jazz,
Thanks for the correction.
I've been studying our language for quite some time now (decades) and have been concentrating on words that sound identical but have multiple meanings, for the past few years. One is ray-gun (Ronald "REAGAN"). I believe he was elected because there was a subliminal or underlying connection between his name, a ray-gun, and the military mentality of our nation coupled with the fact that his initials were plastered across the country at every railroad crossing!
As far as preemptive strikes go, America has placed itself in great jeopardy in its preemptive strike on Iraq based on a false premise. Is it any wonder that all nations have something to fear from us, with so many powerful nuclear bombs?
On Christianity, I say beware any pastor who lives off the flock and won't work and support themselves and their family; they're in it for the easy life. Another thing to watch for in Christian leaders is when they go after and toot their college degrees (SHEEPSKINS) and crave to be addressed as the Doctor Reverend "whatever their name happens to be"; they are the wolves in sheep's clothing! Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with having an education but there is something wrong with being a parasite on society!
As far as the Old Testament and a flat earth with water surrounding it... I believe when this planet was first formed, it actually had a water bubble around it (so high that it was probably frozen) and Noah realized, or saw, that a large meteorite broke it up and it eventually fell to earth, eroding great canyons in the sea bed. Perhaps it filtered the sun's rays to such an extent that it permitted the long lifespans recorded in Genesis.
Good post, Jazz, very good.
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