Energy needs to be understood holistically: it is linked to the ecological crises facing the Earth, health issues for us and for future generations, global justice, and our spiritual well-being in relation to other species and to our Creator. Over the course of the United Church's history, we have focused on energy through policy, study, and action. Key issues have been nuclear power, fossil fuels, hydroelectric developments, conservation, efficiency, and renewable energy sources.
Information and Action
- Energy in the One Earth Community [PDF: 22 pp/114 KB]
This report and policy statement (2000) shows how energy concerns are interrelated to ecological and social ones. It includes background, practical suggestions, a workshop outline, and Bible study.
- Nuclear Issues
The United Church is focusing on the ethical issue of long-term nuclear waste management. We have made submissions to the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, and developed workshops on the subject.
Related Partners and Programs
The United Church works in partnership with organizations in Canada and around the world to address the energy issues, including the following:
United Church communities work on energy issues through a variety of initiatives at the local and regional level. Here are some examples:
- Alberta and Northwest
Edmonton and Yellowhead Presbyteries are involved with education and action regarding resource based economics, oil and gas extraction, nuclear energy (including the location of a nuclear reactor), and climate change.
- Bay of Quinte
Extensive engagement on uranium prospecting at Sharbot Lake and the impact on First Nations, including issues of land claims and the human rights issue of free, prior, and informed consent.
- Maritime Conference
The Environmental Justice Working Group has initiated a "Green Enthusiasts" project that challenges the use of nuclear energy. The Conference is also participates in EOS-Eco-Energy, promoting energy conservation and sustainable energy technologies.
The Conference is involved with the Inter-Church Uranium Committee Educational Co-operative, which works on issues related to uranium mining, opposition to proposed nuclear power plants, and renewal energy alternatives.
The Conference has a long history of research, education, and advocacy on uranium mining, nuclear power, and weapons.
For more information on initiatives in your local area, please contact your local Conference office.
Background, Resources, and Links
- Greening Sacred Spaces
Many churches are now investing in renewable energy projects such as solar, wind, and geo-thermal, as they seek to demonstrate their commitment to care for creation, green their sacred spaces and set up Green Teams. Many good resources, including an online CO2 calculator.
- Green Communities Canada
A national association of non-profit organizations that deliver innovative, practical environmental solutions to Canadian households and communities; including Home Energy Solutions, Walkable Communities, EcoDriver, and Affordable Energy Network.
- Nuclear Waste Management Organization
The Nuclear Waste Management Organization (NWMO) is responsible for the long-term management of Canada's used nuclear fuel. It was established in 2002 by Ontario Power Generation Inc., Hydro-Québec, and New Brunswick Power Corporation in accordance with the Nuclear Fuel Waste Act (NFWA).
For more information, contact: