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NCC applauds Speaker Pelosi's 'green' Capitol initiative

Washington D.C. April 19, 2007 The National Council of Churches USA (NCC) applauds the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, for her plan released today to "green" the U. S. Capitol. 

Under Pelosi's plan, greenhouse gas emissions would be cut through energy efficiency and conservation measures.

"Congregations across the country, as part of the faith community's work to protect God's people and planet for future generations, are leading the way towards a more sustainable future by greening their own houses of worship," said Cassandra Carmichael, NCC's Eco-Justice Program director.  "These houses of worship stand as moral symbols of right relationships with all of God's community. We support Speaker Pelosi's initiative to serve as a similar guiding light and to thus encourage all Americans to lead sustainable lives and protect God's creation for our children."

The NCC is working with its 35 member communions, which represent 100,000 congregations in the U.S., to provide the educational, worship, and practical resources needed to "green" houses of worship.  Already, hundreds of congregations have used these resources to curb their greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to global warming; reduce their electricity bill; and reduce toxics, air pollution and water contamination.

"We know that these individual congregational actions are just one step in a larger journey for all of America, but we as the faith community, must lead by example," said the Rev. Bob Edgar, NCC's general secretary and former Member of Congress.  "The churches as well as the U.S. Congress must serve as a beacon of hope and leadership for the global community, since Jesus has told his followers we 'are the light of world' and to let that 'light shine before others.'"

NCC Eco-Justice contact: Ms. Tyler Edgar, 202-481-6931,

NCC News contact:  Dan Webster, 212.870.2252,


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