The initiative, which will involve a speaker series and carbon tracking activities, will start with a program featuring Tom Kabat, a "green homeowner" and a member of the Menlo Park Environmental Quality Commission, who is scheduled to give a presentation called "Introduction to Climate Change, Green your Electricity."
The program is scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Sunday, March 17, at Trinity Church, 333 Ravenswood Ave. in Menlo Park. Lunch will be served and the event is open to the public.
Future programs on the agenda for the climate change initiative, called "Reclaiming Eden: Stopping climate change one household at a time," will be announced later.
In a written statement, the Rev. Matthew Dutton-Gillett, the church's rector, said, "As we face an unprecedented environmental crisis, we need to bring both the resources of religion and of science to bear on the problem so that we can be our best selves in making meaningful choices that can help save our planet."
Dutton-Gillett acknowledged in his statement that religion and science are "often seen as being in conflict." But, he noted, "for The Episcopal Church, there is no inherent disagreement between the two. We see them as different areas of inquiry."
The ramifications of climate change are becoming more apparent, he said. "The Earth is under pressure and she is not doing well. And when the Earth, which we describe as our 'fragile island home,' does not do well, we do not do well."
To attend the March 17 lunch, contact the church's office manager, Alecia McDowell, at (650) 326-2083, ext. 2.