Eco-Journey is the blog of the Environmental Ministries Office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It includes a wide array of environmental topics: upcoming environmental events, links to interesting articles and studies, information on environmental advocacy, eco-theology topics, and success stories from churches that are going “green.”
Author Rebecca Barnes is the Associate for Environmental Ministries at the PC(USA). She is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with an MDiv and Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) dual degree.
Montreat Presbyterian Church
Tour and Brown-bag Seminar at National Climatic Data Center
Asheville, North Carolina
March 21, 2014
“NOAA's National Climatic Data Center is responsible for preserving, monitoring, assessing, and providing public access to the Nation's treasure of climate and historical weather data and information.” This one sentence does not begin to describe the wealth of programs and the global scope of the Center’s work, nor explain their relevance to contemporary issues concerning atmosphere, weather and climate. See website http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/.
This trip to the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is organized by the Earth Ministry Team of Montreat Presbyterian Church (MPC). As a pilot project, the response of 32 participants has been overwhelmingly positive, with 25% of the congregation’s 80 members registered to attend! We are accompanied by friends and colleagues invited due to their engagement with environmental stewardship. MPC is an Earth Care Congregation of the denomination. See website http://www.montreatchurch.org/mission-outreach/earth-ministry.