10/10/10 “Energy Party” challenges local residents to reduce utilities consumption by 10%

by Lynn Pieron on October 9, 2010

Sometimes we need to get energized to save energy. That’s the vision of the “10/10/10 Energy Party” at Trinity Church in Menlo Park this Sunday (10/10).

“Organized religion has been slow to recognize that loving the earth is part of loving our neighbor,” said the Rev. Frances Hall Kieschnick (pictured) , who is responsible for Trinity’s peace and justice ministries. “Climate change threatens all of God’s children, especially those in poorer regions. People of faith must act.”

The community event will focus on the “10% Challenge!” a call for local residents to cut their utilities consumption by 10% this year.  Attendees will receive plenty of inspiration, tips and tools to reach their goal.  People can sign up for free home services from Acterra’s Green@Home program and for the “No on 23 faith campaign” to defend California’s law that cuts greenhouse gas emissions.

Trinity’s “Energy Party” is part of the 10/10/10 global day of action sponsored by the climate advocacy group 350.org. To date there are more than 6,800 events scheduled in over 188 countries, a dozen on the Mid-Peninsula. The 10/10/10 events are meant to celebrate climate solutions and to send  a strong message to politicians around the world: “We’re getting to work on climate change — what about you?”

The Energy Party is from 11:00 am to noon in the Trinity courtyard at 330 Ravenswood Avenue, with plenty of bike racks on campus and extra parking across the street at SRI. The pre-party starts during 10:00 am worship, featuring guest preacher the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, who appears regularly on radio, TV, and in publications from “O” magazine to the Wall Street Journal.  Bingham’s ministry of linking ecology and spirituality began over two decades ago in San Francisco, and she is the driving force behind Interfaith Power and Light, which unites 10,000 congregations in 35 states in a “religions response to global warming.” Membership in the California chapter spans Buddhist, Christian, Humanist, Jewish and Muslim traditions.

Photo by Chris Gulker

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