For Hermina Glass-Hill of Savannah, Georgia, caring about the environment started with religion. She grew up in a Christian church, and her family observed the Sabbath surrounded by the natural world.

“We would actually go camping on the Sabbath. We would go picking plums on the Sabbath,” Glass-Hill says. “They are some of the best memories that I have in my life. We would be able to … appreciate the gifts of Creation, which is land, air, clean water, wildlife.”

Glass-Hill remains committed to protecting these gifts, so she’s passionate about reducing global warming.

She works as the coastal engagement associate with the Georgia branch of Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit. There, she’s helping other people of faith reduce the carbon pollution produced by their churches, synagogues, and mosques.

She works with congregations in coastal Georgia to coordinate energy audits, plan energy efficiency upgrades, and learn more about installing solar panels.

“From the smallest church to the largest congregation, there is something that every faith community can do to decrease their carbon emission,” Glass-Hill says.

She says it’s all part of being a good steward of God’s Creation.

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