Because God created an interconnected web of life that is radiant with value and goodness, we teach respect for all creation, we work to protect this beautiful and fragile planet, and we pursue cultural, economic, and environmental stewardship and sustainability.
Climate change is, first and foremost, a moral issue. Those who have contributed least to climate change are the first and most impacted by the consequences. Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Working to slow climate change is one powerful way we can do just that.
FROM THE MAGAZINE - ON CLIMATE CHANGE
April 2011: How to talk to Climate Change Skeptics
by John Cook
Trying to remove politics from the debate.
April 2011: Climate Change: Just the Facts
by Bill McKibben
Getting the basics in 600 words
April 2011: Addressing the Naysayers
by Katharine Hayhoe
Climate change is real, but we all know someone who thinks it's a hoax.
June 2010: Climate Change Generation
by Jeannie Choi
Eighty-one percent of evangelical young adults are more likely to believe their religious leaders than any other source about global warming.
February 2010: Earth, Science, Climate Change
by Amy Barger
Leading evangelicals and climate scientists met on Capitol Hill in November to urge policymakers to tackle the issue of climate change.
FROM THE MAGAZINE - ON ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
January 2012: Poisoning Eden
by Delani DeGraf
Patagonia is A land of myth. Like Siberia or the Australian outback, it’s one of those far-off places that, despite today’s round-the-clock global information flow, remain a mystery.
November 2011: Standing Up for the Earth
by Rose Marie Berger
The two week demonstration against the Keystone Pipeline was the largest on global warming in U.S. history.
August 2011: Growing Together
by Melissa Aberle-Grasse
While deeply rooted in their tradition, Koinonia's members are creating fresh structures in community life -- and they have a new approach to the land based on permaculture, a design system for sustainable habitats.
RESOURCES FROM THE SOJO STORE
How to talk to climate change skeptics (with all due respect)
- Ten global warming myths and what science really says
- Is the earth a megastore or a garden?
Climate Change and our Future
- How Climate Change affects the poor
- Biblical visions for saving the earth
How cleaning up our act can help the environment
- The green industrial revolution
- "Green reads" and how the book business impacts the planet
Christians and the Environment (PDF)
The Christian theology of domination has played a destructive role in the degradation of the environment, but the Christian theology of stewardship and sacred relationship between God, humans, and creation was also an essential element of the environmental movement.
4 sessions, 10 articles, 34 pages.
Climate Change Resources at Sojourners
If Congress passes immigration reform, much of the credit will be given to the broad and diverse voices that have lined up in support of fixing our nation’s broken immigration system. Both the labor and business community have been instrumental in moving legislation forward, while the evangelical community’s call to “welcome the stranger” has received significant attention by politicians and the media. The coalition of supporters continues to grow, as last week the Sierra Club, the oldest environmental organization in the country, announced its support for immigration reform.
Why would an environmental organization get involved with immigration reform? What could they possibly have at stake?
A pipeline that will run from Canada, through the Midwest, and down to the Gulf Coast, the purpose of Keystone is to transport tar sands oil, which is more toxic than conventional oil, to ports where it can be processed and shipped overseas. In fact, the only oil that is guaranteed to stay in the U.S. is what will be spilled in communities and on farmlands. We saw this happen recently when a similar pipeline spilled in Arkansas. And, as for the promise of jobs, independent studies say fewer than 50 permanent jobs will be created by this project. Keystone is a deal in which America gets all the risk without any reward.
It's time for our leaders to take a stand and to stop supporting projects that only perpetuate our dependence on toxic, dirty sources of energy that contribute to climate change. But in the world of politics, it's not enough for something to be a moral imperative to get people to act. It is the nature of politics, and democracy, that our leaders respond when they feel the political pressure to do so. As people of faith, we have a powerful voice in our country. Keystone would not have been an issue in the Massachusetts Senate race if local religious communities had not made it clear that it is important.
Have you ever heard someone described as, “So heavenly minded, he was no earthly good?” This phrase suggests one danger of interpreting the book of Revelation. Sadly, when it comes to considering the natural world and Revelation, heavenly mindedness often undermines care for our environment. Some Christians have a tendency to think, “Well, if I’m off to heaven, I shouldn’t care much about this silly earth of ours. It’s just a temporary home, after all.”
In fact, Revelation suggests the opposite: the earth isn’t truly “left behind,” but renewed, becoming the very dwelling place of God. Revelation 21 calls people to be, well, “earthly good,” caring for creation as we prepare for God to come home.
In the midst of our celebration of Earth Day, government agencies continued the debate over the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada’s tar sands across the United States into the gulf coast of Texas to be refined and shipped elsewhere. The State Department, tasked with reviewing the pipeline’s environmental impact, gave it a tentative pass a month and a half ago.
Activists across the country sprang into action to oppose the pipeline, citing its contribution to climate change and risk of oil spills. Supporters of the pipeline shot back, denying the climate impact of the pipeline and claiming that the oil would be produced whether or not the Keystone project moved forward.
The Environmental Protection Agency responded yesterday, calling into question the State Department’s findings and echoing the concerns of environmental activists everywhere: the Keystone Pipeline would be greatly exacerbate climate change.
Today is Earth day! More than 1 billion people in 192 countries are participating in Earth Day festivities, which means there must be some good videos out there on the Internet commemorating this occasion, right? Right. So here are the five of our favorites videos — in no particular order — celebrating the Earth and the day designated for it.
1. Where did Earth Day come from? Get some info about Earth Day.
God saw all that he had made, and it was very good (Genesis. 1:31 NIV)
Imagine if Christians had been on the forefront of protecting our earth, if they actually viewed the world as God’s creation, and the animals as God’s animals, and the plants as God’s plants, and land as God’s land. What if the American Church spent millions of dollars fighting to preserve nature instead of investing in divisive culture wars and political lobbying campaigns? What if Christians were viewed as protectors of creation, shielding millions of acres of land, restoring polluted areas, and protecting animals from cruelty and exploitation?
Unfortunately, Earth Day is rarely celebrated within mainstream Christianity beyond a Sunday sermon, and environmentalism is often frowned upon by evangelical leaders instead of championed. Here are the main reasons Christians have rejected caring for our environment.
Resources to help you join the battle to stop the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.