Posted by: rachelbr86 | September 8, 2010

Solar Panel Roadtrip

The Tabernacle referenced in Exodus 35 and 36, was made of recycled and donated materials. In a very really sense this religious space was a Green Building. A group of people this week seeks to help one of the United States most recognizable Government buildings, the White House, to become a green building as well.

One group lead by activist and environmentalist, Bill McKibben composed of  students from Unity College in Maine are traveling to the White House with a solar panel that was originally installed on that building by the Carter Administration.  There hope is that President Obama might consider attaching solar panels to the White House and will take more active policy steps around climate change legislation.

As a resident of DC, I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of this solar panel, and curious to see the result.  The students and McKibben’s decision to drive these panels along the eastern coast of the United States is bold move.  Personally, I might even go as far as to say it is prophetic.  This group of people is taking a new approach to motivating their community and the world around climate change.   Creative activities like these give me hope for the future.  If we are willing to take risks, and think outside the box; well than we are willing to let God work through us to do amazing things.

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Read more about Unity College’s road trip here.  Read McKibben’s mid-week reflection at Huffington Post.

This trip is part of a large campaign this week connected to the 350.org 10/10/10 Work Part which will happen on friday of this week. the campaigned is linked to scientists research that 350 parts per million (ppm) CO2 in the atmosphere is the safe limit for humanity. Currently estimates have CO2 390ppm.  The work party hopes to motivate people into action. The mission of 350.org project is ” to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.”

Visit 350.org to learn about events happening in your area this week and about the campaign.

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