A faith-based Resiliency Hub is a house of worship designed to help congregants and their neighborhoods prepare for and recover from climate disaster by providing safe hospitality, clean energy through solar panels and battery storage, clean air through air filtration, and so many other critical resources needed when disaster strikes. Power outages, wildfires, earthquakes, flooding, and so many of the terrible effects of climate change are here, so we need to prepare ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities.
Many of our faith communities are not ready for these climate-driven disasters and the communities who will be most threatened by climate change are especially vulnerable. We all have a pivotal role in building resilience in our towns and cities. A congregation’s facilities can be channeled into building climate resilience in preparation for the coming physical and spiritual storms of the climate crisis.
Why Resiliency Hubs at Houses of Worship?
Houses of worship are already locations where community members feel safe, welcomed, and familiar with the location. With climate change caused disasters we them to be equipped and prepared to utilize their facilities as a safe community center powered by clean solar energy. Depending on the size of the Resiliency Hub and potential volunteer base, other critical resources like food, water, shelter, medicinal storage, and spiritual support can be offered in the event of an emergency.
Long Term Resilience
In addition to providing immediate assistance during emergencies, faith-based Resiliency Hubs also work to build long-term resilience by promoting community engagement, education, and spirituality. They may offer training and resources to help individuals and communities develop preparedness plans, as well as support networks and other resources to help people cope with the physical, spiritual, and emotional effects of disasters.
Every faith community is different, and climate impacts will vary at the hyper-local level. Some houses of worship may be impacted by flooding while others an earthquake. Adequate preparation and response for climate disasters must center the lived experiences and impacts of climate disasters on those most at risk.
As we here at California Interfaith Power and Light (CIPL) build our own resources, specific for the interfaith community, here’s a collection of community partners offering helpful resources for us to heal the world through Resiliency Hubs. Reach out to us directly if you would like to transform congregation into a Resiliency Hub and be a place of refuge for your community.
Here are Some Guided Steps: