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Obama Brings God Into the Climate-Change Fight
Originally Posted: 01/23/2013 - 9:14am | Type: Blog

During his second inaugural address, President Obama reframed protecting the environment as a command from God. During his second inaugural address, President Obama reframed prote ...

Rig Runs Aground in Alaska, Reviving Fears About Arctic Drilling
Originally Posted: 01/02/2013 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

An offshore drilling rig owned by Shell is beached on an island in the Gulf of Alaska. The rig could cause environmental damage if fuel begins to leak. An offshore drilling rig o ...

Climate Change at Christmastime: Hug a Tree!
Originally Posted: 12/24/2012 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

We can rest easy – the live Christmas tree industry that has developed since that time is actually a benefit to the global climate. Some of my environmentally conscious friends h ...

Why I Support Wind Energy
Originally Posted: 12/17/2012 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

Our drive for growth often ignores the human cost of our actions. It isn’t until pollution becomes severe enough that we begin to change. Nearly one-in-six people in the United St ...

Religion and the Reality of Climate Change
Originally Posted: 12/11/2012 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

The religious implications of climate change are becoming evermore clear, as the topic makes its way into mainstream America.   The religious implications of climate change a ...

What Are You Singing: Joy to the World
Originally Posted: 12/10/2012 - 12:00pm | Type: Blog

This song is full of creation references. Earth is receiving her king, and nature is singing with gusto. I’ve been really lucky this month to hear some of my co-workers’ refle ...

Religion and the Reality of Climate Change
Originally Posted: 12/07/2012 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

The Huffington Post reports: In the holiday season, many of us reflect on what it is for which we are thankful. Naturally, we give thanks when things are going well, and even in a disaster we might be grateful that the catastrophe was not w ...

The Thing From the Oil Company Board Room
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 8:47am | Type: Blog

The Global North and West is addicted to fossilized fuel. Myself included. And we are trying to push our addictions onto the Global South. The Global North and West is addicted to ...

Bill McKibben Leads D.C. March to Stop the Keystone XL Pipeline
Originally Posted: 11/20/2012 - 9:27am | Type: Blog

Midway through his nationwide, one-month Do The Math tour, Bill McKibben — author, environmental activist, and founder of 350.org — attracted a crowd that packed the Warner Theater in downtown Washington, D.C. ...

California to Polluters: Go Green or Pay Up
Originally Posted: 11/14/2012 - 12:14pm | Type: Blog

Mother Jones reports on California's climate law. Mother Jones reports: "Cap and trade" may be a dirty expression inside the DC Beltway, but as of to ...

The Story Is in the Glacier: 'Chasing Ice'
Originally Posted: 11/15/2012 - 1:49pm | Type: Blog

The film Chasing Ice is the story of their Extreme Ice Survey as they place time-lapse cameras on glaciers in Greenland, Iceland, Montana, and Alaska, and watch as they disappear. ...

Jim Wallis on U.S. election (Hr. 2)
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 3:56pm | Type: Press

November 9, 2012 Sojo in the News Michael Enright ...

In Sandy’s Wake, Can We Now Create a Hurricane of Social Change?
Originally Posted: 11/01/2012 - 11:05am | Type: Blog

It is not surprising that our purely secular “environmental” movements have played out their ability to change society. For the changes we need to undertake are not only technological and political, but deeper ...

Prayers for Those in Path of Hurricane Sandy
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 12:53pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Sojourners offices, which are based in Washington, D.C., will be closed due to the weather. We pray for the safety of our staff, neighbors, and all those affected by this storm. ...

Links of Awesomeness: October 26, 2012
Originally Posted: 10/26/2012 - 2:20pm | Type: Blog

Today's awesome links! Ever wonder what other people look like when they turn the corner in a haunted house and — BOOM — out of nowhere comes that one guy dressed in a su ...

True Believer
Originally Posted: 01/14/2013 - 2:23pm | Type: Press

October 26, 2012 Sojo in the News Jeff Turrentine ...

Cue the Math: McKibben’s Roadshow Takes Aim at Big Oil
Originally Posted: 10/25/2012 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

McKibben and 350, the folks who brought us the Keystone XL pipeline protests, are now calling for a nationwide divestment campaign aimed at fossil fuel companies’ bottom line. It ...

Changing the Debate on Climate Action
Originally Posted: 10/19/2012 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

Creation care is something I feel very passionately about. As a person of faith I think it is my responsibility to protect this beautiful planet that God has given us. Last Frida ...

Sustainability: God's Gift and Charge
Originally Posted: 10/18/2012 - 10:12am | Type: Blog

The fruits of the garden required labor, and the fruit of their knowledge produced children, and God made each to tend the land. Decreeing that (hu)man(ity) must toil the earth, and the female body would endur ...

10 Reasons Climate Change Should Be An Election Issue
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 2:32pm | Type: Blog

I’m not sure about you, but I’m incredibly disappointed that our nation’s leaders – from all sectors, all parties, and all levels – continually neglect to take leadership on our climate and energy crisis. ...

Larry Gibson, Keeper of the Mountains
Originally Posted: 10/12/2012 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

Larry Gibson, “Keeper of the Mountains,” died Sunday Sept. 9 at his home on Kayford Mountain, W.V. He was 66. Larry Gibson, “Keeper of the Mountains,” died Sunday Sept. 9 at his ...

New Software Tracks Carbon Emissions Close to Home
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 2:40pm | Type: Blog

New tracking software developed by Kevin Gurney, an ecologist at Arizona State University is intended to help cities across the country keep their word on climate. New tracking s ...

Report: Climate Change Linked to Costly Natural Disasters
Originally Posted: 10/11/2012 - 2:38pm | Type: Blog

A report from Munich Re links increased natural disasters from climate change and associated costs. It’s been a good week for getting real. After Tuesday’s revelation that the ...

Can Any Good Come From Drones?
Originally Posted: 10/05/2012 - 2:39pm | Type: Blog

As an antidote to all the stories of killing by drone, I’ve been collecting stories of the good things unpiloted aircraft can potentially do, or are already doing. Many are tasks now being carried out by pilot ...

The Next Great Moral Movement
Originally Posted: 10/04/2012 - 2:12pm | Type: Blog

We need to set and enforce a limit on all remaining global warming pollution on the national and international scale, which will, we hope, keep warming to within 2oC. In my last ...

Three Numbers that Predict the Future of the Planet
Originally Posted: 10/02/2012 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

We need to set an enforceable limit on global warming pollution on the national and international scale, and then we need to enforce it as if our future largely depends on it. Because it does. ...

A Christian With Conjunctions
Originally Posted: 10/01/2012 - 2:51pm | Type: Blog

The stakes of silence are high. If we don’t speak out and act on our moral mandate to reconcile with creation, we risk destroying God’s very creation. For most of my life, I have ...

Is the Kingdom of God Made of Vegetables?
Originally Posted: 09/27/2012 - 11:23am | Type: Blog

Corporations, which do not speak the language of human love and health, wrangle to profit from the stream of ill Americans falling from the industrial foods conveyor belt. But we know that type 2 diabetes, hea ...

Climate Change, Poverty, Distractions, and Denial
Originally Posted: 09/14/2012 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

As Jesus calls upon humankind to “love thy neighbor," and as the Old Testament prophets remind us to strive for justice, we recognize that within a deeply connected world “neighbor” implies all that God h ...

Arctic Ice Melt and Our Christian Call
Originally Posted: 09/07/2012 - 12:27pm | Type: Blog

The melting of sea ice during summer in the Arctic is part a natural cycle, but the rate at which the sea ice is currently melting is unprecedented, as illustrated in today’s BBC News. ...

An Olive Agenda: Our Path to Economic Opportunity and Environmental Sustainability
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 8:43am | Type: Blog

An examination of current public debate reveals a divide between the “brown agenda” of economic opportunity and the “green agenda” of environmental sustainability. An examination ...

Why Bill McKibben is the New Noah
Originally Posted: 08/08/2012 - 12:01pm | Type: Blog

If we do Bill McKibben's three things, there's a possibility that we can reverse climate change, restore health to our skies, earth, and oceans, and move forward into a future where our grandkids can ...

Global Warming 'Converted Skeptic' Explains the Switch
Originally Posted: 08/03/2012 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

Richard Muller’s announcement that he's changed his mind on climate change sparked a media flurry throughout the week, and NPR’s Science Friday host, Ira Flatow, interviewed him today. ...

Ten Ways to Live 'Almost Amish'
Originally Posted: 08/02/2012 - 12:04pm | Type: Blog

These principles (similar to the list that Wendell Berry laid out more than two decades ago in Home Economics) provide guidelines for a simpler, slower, more sustainable life. They offer me hope. ...

'To Protect Peace'
Originally Posted: 07/19/2012 - 3:09pm | Type: Magazine Article

Min-Ah Cho Faith leaders and others protest a planned military base on a South Korean island. IF YOU HAVE eve ...

Eye on the Sparrow
Originally Posted: 07/17/2012 - 11:23am | Type: Magazine Article

Beth Norcross Near the end of his life, Howard Thurman was called "one of the greatest spiritual resources of this nation." He ...

Religious Roots of Trees Branch into Many Faiths
Originally Posted: 07/27/2012 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

Whether churchgoers realize it or not, the trees in their churchyards have religious roots. SALT LAKE CITY — Whether churchgoers realize it or not, the trees in their churchyards ...

Climate Change Has Dramatic Effect on Greenland's Ice Sheet
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 11:08am | Type: Blog

Writing for The Huffington Post, Joanna Zelman reports on a new NASA study: Writing for The Huffington Post , Joanna Zelman reports on a new NASA study: Unpreceden ...

Young Evangelicals Stepping Up on Climate Action
Originally Posted: 07/25/2012 - 7:21am | Type: Blog

In seeking to live as Christ’s disciples, Y.E.C.A. has come to see the climate crisis not only as a pressing challenge to justice and freedom, but also as a profound threat to “the least of these” with whom Je ...

Eco-Tragedies and Reconciliation in a Broken World
Originally Posted: 07/13/2012 - 12:30pm | Type: Blog

I was expecting something special, but internally I was hedging from being disappointed by yet another overhyped Christian event that falls short of its promise. Rest and renew ...

Faith and Grace for the Gulf
Originally Posted: 07/09/2012 - 11:28am | Type: Blog

In huge news last week that was largely overwhelmed by the Supreme Court ruling on health care, Washington came together last week to direct the Clean Water Act fines from BP's oil drilling disaster of 20 ...

New Documentary Highlights Disastrous Climate Change in Bangladesh
Originally Posted: 07/06/2012 - 9:13am | Type: Blog

The Atlantic profiles a new documnetary called Bangladesh: On The Frontlines of Climate Change. The Atlantic profiles a new documnetary called Bangladesh: On The Frontli ...

Summer Lovin’ and Creation at Church Camp
Originally Posted: 07/05/2012 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Summer camp integrated me into a Christian community that sought to reconcile humans with creation. In my family, working at church camp in the summer meant falling in love with t ...

Haiti's Only Hope
Originally Posted: 07/03/2012 - 12:08pm | Type: Blog

Unlike the deforestation that has happened in Colorado in a matter of days, Haiti’s 98-percent deforestation has happened over centuries. The destruction to Haiti’s natural environment is almost complete. ...

Wondrous Cycles of Life
Originally Posted: 06/08/2012 - 12:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Calvin B. DeWitt Excerpt from Song of a Scientist: The Harmony of a God-Soaked Creation, by Calvin B. DeWitt ...

Wild Goose 2012: An Exercise in Mindfulness
Originally Posted: 06/26/2012 - 8:19am | Type: Blog

I didn’t expect was for one of the most indelible lessons of the week to come from the RV we used. How do you know when someone has a Prius? Don’t worry; they’ll tell yo ...

Climate Scientist, Christian on Climate Change and Wildfires
Originally Posted: 06/22/2012 - 1:35pm | Type: Blog

Fires are intimately related to temperature, humidity, and rainfall. So it makes sense to ask—is climate change making these fires worse? Do our energy choices, which include burning coal and gas and oil and i ...

Congress Stops Subsidizing the Utility Industry with Children’s Health
Originally Posted: 06/20/2012 - 4:13pm | Type: Blog

In a full vote Wednesday morning the Senate rejected a measure intended to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency's implementation of the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS), a rule that would ...

Entrepreneur Sees Hope for Clean Water on Wal-Mart Shelves
Originally Posted: 06/18/2012 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

If every American spent $10 per year on his Humankind Water — less than they spend on Halloween candy — it would be enough to nearly eradicate the world's water sanitation problems, a youth minister says. ...

Climate Change Affects Malawi Now
Originally Posted: 01/28/2013 - 1:29pm | Type: Blog

Climate change experts and skeptics can hash it out all they want, but Victor Mughogho is living it. Climate change experts and skeptics can hash it out all they want, but Victor ...