April 2024 Faith in Action

By: Kris Rosenthal

Moving from Anxiety to Action

photo of group at faith action meeting

FACS was honored to join Aldersgate Methodist Church for fellowship and a dinner with speakers: Eric Goplerud, past Chair of FACS, and Jill Barker,of Eco-Action Arlington. Aldersgate has a small green team, with about six active members, and wow, look what they’ve done!

They have removed invasive plants, put in a dozen native tree specimens, and are now getting an energy audit to know how to bring down their energy use (and bills). That’s faith in action!

The Yale Program on Climate Change Conversation just published a study on the gap between knowing about the need for climate remedies, and what we do. Not surprisingly, more people worry than take action. How do we help them move from anxiety to action? 

Ask people directly to get involved. 

Make it easy and show people how to do it

Provide options and describe their benefits.

Strengthen perceptions of collective efficacy.

Encourage talking about climate change and provide guidance.

That’s part of the beauty of FACS, our advocacy teams, the Tree of Life program, and creation care teams everywhere: all of the above have a place to happen.  That’s faith in ACTION.