Ded­i­cated to change

Three lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tions are striv­ing to make a dif­fer­ence

The Covington News - - Local News - By Michelle Kim

For New­ton County res­i­dents who want to do more to af­fect cli­mate change than sim­ply chang­ing their own life­styles have sev­eral places where they can go to find like- minded in­di­vid­u­als.

New­ton County Cli­mate Ac­tion Coali­tion

The group formed for last year’s April 2007 “ Step It Up” rally and were so hooked, they con­tin­ued to meet.

“ We didn’t think we were form­ing an or­ga­ni­za­tion,” said NCCAC mem­ber Mark Hodges. “A bunch of us got ex­cited about hav­ing a rally in town and a demon­stra­tion of meth­ods of con­serv­ing en­ergy. We got a good re­sponse and had a lot of en­thu­si­asm to keep go­ing.”

The group of about eight main mem­bers meet about once a month and work on var­i­ous projects. Be­sides last year’s rally, the Coali­tion has given pre­sen­ta­tions on global warm­ing, which re­quired spe­cial train­ing, and has en­cour­aged Cov­ing­ton’s mayor to join the na­tional “ Cool Cities” ini­tia­tive.

Their cur­rent project for this spring is to pro­vide a home be­ing built by Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity with com­pact flu­o­res­cent light bulbs and re­cy­clable bags. They’ll also show the res­i­dents of the house with other ways to save en­ergy and money, said Hodges.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to par­tic­i­pate, con­tact Mark Hodges at Mark. hodges@ gtri. gat­ech. edu.

Ge­or­gia In­ter­faith Power and Light ( GIPL)

When Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Katy Hin­man first started talk­ing faith and en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship, peo­ple didn’t nec­es­sar­ily un­der­stand the con­nec­tion.

“ Th­ese are themes and val­ues that have been there from the be­gin­ning,” she said. “ But it is some­times new to the peo­ple sit­ting there be­cause they haven’t heard it from the pul­pit.”

Hin­man points out the weak­est mem­bers of so­ci­ety — the poor, the el­derly, the young — are the most vul­ner­a­ble to the ef­fects of en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion.

“ Peo­ple are be­gin­ning to see there is a moral re­spon­si­bil­ity con­nected to en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship that the faith com­mu­nity can speak to in a pow­er­ful way,”

GIPL, which was start- ed in 2003 and is cur­rently made up of more than 25 mem­ber con­gre­ga­tions around Ge­or­gia in­clud­ing the Epis­co­pal Church of the good Shep­herd in Cov­ing­ton, fo­cuses on en­ergy con­ser­va­tion.

“ It has re­ally be­come more and more part of the con­ver­sa­tion in faith com­mu­ni­ties, even in the last two years. It’s gone from me hav­ing to ex­plain my­self over and over again to re­ally be­com­ing part of the na­tional con­ver­sa­tion,” said Hin­man.

For more in­for­ma­tion about GIPL in New­ton County, visit www. gipl. org or con­tact Mark Hodges at Mark. hodges@ gtri. gat­ech. edu.

Con­serv­ing Ox­ford’s Re­sources and En­ergy ( CORE)

At Ox­ford Col­lege, stu­dents can time their show­ers with hour­glass timers sup­plied in ev­ery stall to con­serve wa­ter thanks to a stu­dent group called CORE.

Made up of ap­prox­i­mately 20 stu­dents, the group has worked on a num­ber of projects from shut­ting off the lights to wel­come the Dalai Lama’s visit to Emory to par­tic­i­pat­ing in garbage pick­ups to giv­ing tips on how to re­duce and re­cy­cle ma­te­ri­als.

CORE be­gan around 2000 as a stu­dent, fac­ulty and staff group but quickly turned into a stu­dent group, run by the en­thu­si­asm of stu­dents, said ad­vi­sor Theo­dosia Wade.

Fresh­man Amy Yie, a CORE mem­ber and fu­ture co- chair, said many stu­dents come to her ask­ing how to join in­stead of the club hav­ing to re­cruit mem­bers.

“ I think be­ing green is pretty pop­u­lar on cam­pus,” said Yie. “A lot of stu­dents came to us to ask if we could do glass re­cy­cling, which we’re work­ing on right now.”

The club is one of a num­ber of groups par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Earth Day car­ni­val be­ing held on Ox­ford’s cam­pus Satur­day.

For more in­for­ma­tion on CORE, con­tact Amy Yie at jyie@ emory. edu or visit http:// ox­ford. emory. edu/ life/ com­mu­ni­ty_ ser­vice/ sus­tain­abil­ity. dot.

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