Resolution on Transitioning to Renewable Energy Sources
On November 1, 2014, Mount St. Scholastica voted to accept the following resolution on renewable energy. The resolution was originally written and accepted by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in August of this year. The resolution was a response to the struggles of many women religious to prevent the continued destruction of our environment.
Rooted in the oneness of our love for God and our love for God’s creation, we commit ourselves to use our spiritual, social, and educational resources and our public credibility to promote the national transition from fossil fuel energy sources to renewable energy sources as quickly as possible. RationaleWe are facing an imminent threat to the health and well-being of our planet and all its species due to sand mining, mountaintop removal, loss of wetlands, fracking in 26 states which has already led to the loss of billions of gallons of fresh water, and the construction of hundreds of miles of new pipelines to carry hazardous extracted liquids through rural farmlands and residential areas. As we encounter increasing public pressure to achieve national “energy independence” through new extractive fossil fuel technologies, it is time to commit ourselves to moving away from fossil fuel energy sources to systems built on renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, water, and geo-thermal power. We believe that Earth does not belong to us but we belong to Earth. We cannot remain bystanders as extractive industries destroy our environment and its resources. We reject an economic system that promotes wasteful consumption of energy and the other gifts of God’s creation.
Some actions we are taking:
- We are divesting our investment portfolios of fossil fuel investments and increasing investments in renewable energy sources
- We are installing over 150 solar panels on the roof of Dooley to provide solar energy.
- We have hired a waste disposal company which incorporates extensive recycling.
- We are working toward using only nontoxic laundry soap, cleaning materials, and toiletries in the monastery.
- We are working with schools to increase their awareness of global warming and its consequences and of sustainable actions they can implement.
- We are planting vegetation which enriches the soil and provides food for bees and are avoiding the use of dangerous pesticides and weed killers.