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Gethsemane Green Team

VIDEO: Talking Climate Change with Children and Youth

Each day seems to bring more bad news about climate change and the fate of the planet. It’s hard not to feel nervous, angry, overwhelmed and even hopeless. That’s true for children and youth as well as adults. How do we talk to kids about climate change?  This video explores ways to approach the topic with our young people that are developmentally appropriate and that keep them sane, hopeful and motivated to act.

Dr. Cathy Jordan is Associate Director for Leadership and Education at University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and the Consulting Research Director for the Children & Nature Network, a national nonprofit that is leading a global movement to increase equitable access to nature so that children– and natural places–can thrive.

If you are interested in being a part of Gethsemane's Green Team contact Kendrick Paulson ( or Bev Gillen ( for more information.

Earth-Friendly Efforts

Here’s a list of the initiatives already in place. We look forward to adding new projects to the list in the coming year!

  • LED lights throughout the building that save $5,000 per year.
  • Recycling program with separate bins for paper, compost, and trash.
  • Organics recycling program which eliminates amount of waste going into the trash.
  • No-Styrofoam policy.
  • Sunday morning coffee and catered events that use washable china and flatware.
  • Elimination of plastic straws and stir sticks.
  • Glazed, pottery-style, washable Communion cups instead of plastic.
  • Sidewalk salt is biodegradable and safe for earth and animals.
  • High-efficiency insulation in the education wing roof.
  • Energy-efficient, low-E rated windows.
  • Shredded document waste is recycled into toilet paper.
  • Produce exchange during Rally Day.
  • Eco palms for Palm Sunday.
  • Recycled scraps from the Quilter’s group used as fiber filler in commercial products.