Community Carbon Pilot Community Opportunity
with EcoFaith Recovery
Climate change has become a generational emergency due to a collective failure to address the dramatic rise of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, especially carbon dioxide. The imbalance of excess carbon emissions in the atmosphere without a balanced return of carbon to the ground is causing suffering throughout the entire earth community and especially for those “frontline communities” disproportionately harmed by a destabilizing climate and other forms of environmental injustice. This crisis reflects a more fundamental breakdown in our relationships with each other and the larger earth community. Our generational challenge is not only to limit current emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gasses but also to draw down atmospheric carbon into the soil in ways that restore healthy, life-sustaining relationships throughout creation.
People from various sectors of society (faith, schools, farming, nonprofit, etc) have begun to imagine together the possibility of a “Community Carbon” initiative that would focus communities on the powerful relationship between humans, soil and climate. They are learning about the ways that regenerative agriculture can draw down carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere to enhance the health of the soil, and stabilize atmospheric temperatures.To help develop this concept further and bring the unique gifts and ethical frameworks of faith traditions into this dialogue, EcoFaith Recovery is inviting three to five faith communities to serve as “pilot communities” within this larger “community carbon” movement.
EcoFaith Recovery seeks to engage faith-based “pilot communities” in taking action to draw down carbon from the atmosphere into the soil through community partnerships that simultaneously address the underlying breakdown in our relationships with each other and the broader earth community. Each pilot community will engage this work in ways that are unique to its context, values, mission, gifts, and priorities.
Members of “pilot communities” will act together to transform “pilot sites” such as yards and open spaces with plants and trees that draw down carbon, restore the soil, and promote healthy ecosystems. In the process, pilot communities will work to restore their relationships to the land and discover and share the story of the land and its people. These communities will seek to intentionally engage the participation of “frontline communities” such as those who have been disproportionately harmed by unjust policies or practices for farm/yard laborers, displacement from the land, environmental injustice, or climate change. It is hoped that deepening such relationships will lead diverse groups to take public action together to advance the cause of justice for people, land and climate simultaneously.
Metro Portland Campaign Discernment
Saturday, November 16th
9:15 – 11:45am PST
Central Lutheran Church
1820 NE 21st Ave., Portland, OR
*Come learn about the exciting progress of the Community Carbon Initiative, along with other initiatives happening in Portland metro area.
The Soil Will Save Us
Sunday, November 24, 2019
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
St. Andrew Lutheran Church
12405 SW Butner Road, Beaverton
Free and open to the public!
There is hope! In her book The Soil Will Save Us, journalist and bestselling author Kristin Ohlson makes an elegantly argued, passionate case for “our great green hope”
Community Carbon Zoom Meeting
Saturday, December 7th
9:30am – 11:00am PST
Zoom (online video conference) link emailed to you when you RSVP