We as God’s people are not the owners of this planet but merely the stewards for future generations. It has become increasingly clear through many scientific studies that the health of our planet is greatly imperiled. The threats of pollution and global warming will undoubtedly have significant and possible irreversible effects on the many generations still to come. We must act today to assure the healthy future of all of God’s creations. The Environmental Stewardship Committee (ESC) stands ready to guide the Emanuel congregation and the community at large to understand the effects of global warming, pollution and the depletion of the earth’s natural resources. As a member of New York Interfaith Power and Light (NYIPL) we join congregations of all faiths in protecting the sacredness of the earth in our own small way by taking practical steps to make our own church facilities environmentally friendly and energy efficient.