Women with lanterns. (Photo: Solar Sister)

environmental sustainability

The Environmental Sustainability program seeks to increase the use of renewable energy, particularly in disaster response and health care, works directly with churches to launch environmental projects in their communities and collaborates with other United Methodist agencies to achieve just and equitable net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Global Ministries EarthKeepers

EarthKeepers training equips United Methodists in the United States to launch bold, antiracist, environmental projects in their communities. Projects include community gardens, energy initiatives, food security projects, reforestation efforts and more.

Creation Care Network

The Creation Care Network is an online community that helps members of The United Methodist Church and established ministry partners connect, share, and learn.

Port Charlotte UMC solar build, Tesla products and Florida volunteers. October 2022, Hurricane Ian reponse.
Renewable Energy

Global Ministries has installed solar arrays at hospitals, a migration center on the U.S.-Mexico border and a theological school, and has provided women’s enterprises, refugee communities and hurricane survivors with renewable energy equipment. The agency is exploring strategies to increase use of renewable energy in disaster response and health care.

Resources for local churches

  • Energy Efficiency: Global Ministries supports local churches in increasing their energy efficiency through quarterly webinars and peer-to-peer support. Learn more by joining the Global Ministries Creation Care Network. For tools and resources that support your local church in wise energy stewardship, download the EnergyStar for Congregations Action Workbook.
  • Worship Resources: Global Ministries encourages congregations to observe Earth Day Sunday each April and Season of Creation each September, and to highlight environmental themes in worship year round. View Worship resources.

become a GLOBAL MINISTRIES Earthkeeper

Global Ministries EarthKeepers is a training and incubator program that provides a collaborative space for United Methodist clergy and laypeople to develop and grow environmental projects in their communities. Youth ages 13-18 may participate with an adult parent or guardian.

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A new class of EarthKeepers equipped to care for God’s creation

Global Ministries commissions 57 new EarthKeepers whose projects include forest gardening, xeriscaping and transition to renewable energy.

Global Ministries to commission EarthKeepers for environmental stewardship

57 new Global Ministries EarthKeepers will launch creation care projects in the U.S.

New solar microgrid trailer to bring light to the darkness during disaster response

Atlanta groups unite to build solar power trailers for sustainable emergency relief.

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