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State Department's Final Review of Keystone XL: Negligible Impact?
Originally Posted: 02/03/2014 - 11:54am | Type: Blog

Looking at the immediate media coverage following the release of the review, many say it paves the way for the pipeline’s approval, because it finds no significant immediate impact on climate change. Pipeline ...

Canada's Mining Dominance
Originally Posted: 02/17/2014 - 10:30am | Type: Magazine Article

Emilie Teresa Smith Today, Canadian companies account for 75 percent of mining worldwide, and their practices are rife with abuse. ...

Saving What We Love
Originally Posted: 01/08/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Magazine Article

Margaret Atwood A hopeful encounter with real-life "God's Gardeners." I MET MARKKU and Leah Ko ...

Congregations Turn to Compost for Lessons on Life, Death, and the Environment
Originally Posted: 01/03/2014 - 3:53pm | Type: Blog

The wheelbarrow outside the sanctuary was overflowing with vegetable scraps; decomposing matter filled the baptismal font; and a pile of rich brown soil replaced the Communion table. ...

Five Things That Will Shock Our Grandkids About Us
Originally Posted: 01/02/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

In decades to come, we’ll look back at some norms of today and wonder how we tolerated them. I’m a big fan of the TV show Mad Men, which takes place in the midst of the Madis ...

Advocacy From the Manger and Environmental Justice
Originally Posted: 12/12/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

I truly believe that Jesus’s focus on the “least of these” is a model for advocacy, especially for the environmental justice movement. This past Sunday, I had the opportunity to w ...

Rooted in Faith
Originally Posted: 12/18/2013 - 6:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Michaela Bruzzese A school garden project helps kids learn about plants—and Catholic social teaching about caring for the environment. ...

Saving Both Souls and Soil
Originally Posted: 12/09/2013 - 12:29pm | Type: Blog

Environmental missionaries engage in environmental development, addressing the evangelistic call to make disciples while being intentional in their work of creation care. Many bel ...

Latinos Ready to Battle Climate Change, But EPA Must Include Them in the Fight
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:55pm | Type: Blog

The environmental impacts of carbon pollution also affect our Latino communities more and more each year. Earlier this month, I presented comments to the Environmental Protection ...

A Problem With The Climate In Texas
Originally Posted: 11/11/2013 - 11:21am | Type: Press

November 8, 2013 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

Faith Leaders Speak; the EPA Listens
Originally Posted: 11/08/2013 - 5:52pm | Type: Blog

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held listening sessions Thursday to hear from the public about a forthcoming rule about carbon emissions from existing power plants. More than 20 faith leaders spoke o ...

'A Sower Went Out to Sow'
Originally Posted: 01/23/2015 - 5:25pm | Type: Magazine Article

Sara J. Wolcott In India, a church initiative helps promote sustainability and connect farmers with the dignity of their vocation. ...

One Year Later, Examining Climate Change and Hurricane Sandy
Originally Posted: 10/30/2013 - 2:48pm | Type: Blog

One year later, we reflect on reconstruction efforts post-Sandy. We also pause to assess the role of climate change, exacerbated by human actions, in the creation and severity of the storm. ...

Air Pollution Shuts Down Entire City
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 2:36pm | Type: Blog

Unprecedented levels of air pollution effectively closed the city of Harbin in northern China earlier this week. Unprecedented levels of air pollution effectively closed the city ...

Scientific American Blog Editor Leaves Over Sexual Harassment Allegations
Originally Posted: 11/25/2013 - 12:49pm | Type: Blog

Women are an important part of the science community, but there’s a group of powerful men who are gatekeepers, and some of them use this power as a tool to be overtly sexual with female bloggers looking to adv ...

Christians Making the Climate Discussion Their Own
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 3:30pm | Type: Blog

There’s a debate happening on The Christian Post, and we’re hearing more and more evangelical voices expressing concern over climate change. There’s a debate happening on The Chr ...

Why the Silence on U.S. Oil Spills?
Originally Posted: 10/18/2013 - 3:00pm | Type: Blog

For the many stakeholders, including big business and politicians, the political and financial incentives to keep mum on spills and minimize media exposure carry incredible weight. And then it must be asked, w ...

A 300-Mile Ride for Climate Justice
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 9:52am | Type: Blog

I just completed my first Climate Ride, journeying 300 miles by bicycle over five days with 200 other climate activists. I just completed my first Climate Ride, journeying 300 mi ...

Ecojustice on the Louisiana Bayou
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 12:37pm | Type: Blog

I probably shouldn’t have been so surprised to learn that there are ecojustice issues here in the U.S. — but I was. I always thought of climate change as something that affected d ...

In Hearing on Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Star Witnesses But Few Meaningful Questions
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 10:13am | Type: Blog

This Wednesday on Capitol Hill, the House subcommittee on Energy and Power held a hearing to discuss the Obama administration’s climate change policies and activities. This Wedne ...

Energy News: What’s Happening This Week
Originally Posted: 09/04/2013 - 11:32am | Type: Blog

Churches going solar, pro-coal school curricula, and more in this wrap-up. David vs. Goliath:  Residents in a Colorado city are fighting their local coal monopoly for the chanc ...

My Netflix Love Affair and My Carbon Footprint
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 12:31pm | Type: Blog

I wasn’t too happy when I read that my Netflix habit is seriously energy intensive. In a new article on Salon.com, I learned that watching Netflix streaming for an hour a week uses more energy each year than t ...

Church Gardening As Peacemaking Ministry
Originally Posted: 08/14/2013 - 10:06am | Type: Blog

Fred Bahnson’s first bit of advice when he started planning a church garden eight years ago came from an elderly tobacco farmer who grabbed a handful of soil, rolled it around in his fingers and shook his head ...

Creation is Groaning
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

Then the story of humanity turns in the span of one chapter. And it all hinges on how the first humans interact with a tree — a part of God’s creation. Have you ever heard someon ...

Evangelism After the Storm
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 12:33pm | Type: Blog

People of faith in particular must stop trying to figure out the letter of God’s law, and engage in the spirit of God’s law – a law that demands love and respect as standards of care for all of God’s creation, ...

As the World Turns, Congress Stands Still on Climate
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 7:25am | Type: Blog

Many members of Congress are already taking steps to decry the president’s plan as a “war” – on coal, on American energy, and yes, even on America itself. Forget about future gen ...

Surviving the Next Gulf Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 4:15pm | Type: Blog

In an attempt to rebuild the image of the five gulf states—Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, federal and state officials have joined forces on their journey to replenish the damage from 2010& ...

A Pattern For Change
Originally Posted: 05/31/2013 - 10:08am | Type: Blog

Each individual and congregation is unique, but there is a different dynamic present in churches working for creative change than in the churches that are stuck. The issue is solved not by more study, but ofte ...

'Fiddling While the World Burns:' A Faithful Response to Partisan Gridlock
Originally Posted: 05/20/2013 - 8:04pm | Type: Blog

Thanks to people of faith who are watching and speaking up for the care of creation, Gina McCarthy’s nomination will now proceed to the entire Senate floor. By calling on Congress to work for the common good, ...

The Lord Will Destroy the Destroyers of the Earth (Rev. 11:18)
Originally Posted: 05/14/2013 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

Reflection and restraint, for millennia, have been the twin pillars of historic conservatism. Not now. We in our era have accomplished something no other civilization would have c ...

Biblical Economics and Ecology for the 21st Century
Originally Posted: 05/01/2013 - 12:38pm | Type: Blog

The Bible calls for an entire year of rest for the land and its workers, every seventh year. Deuteronomy adds that in that year, everyone’s debts are annulled. (Deut. 15: 1-3). Thus the Bible sees economics an ...

On Scripture: Earth Day, God, and the Apocalypse
Originally Posted: 04/24/2013 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

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.” Have you ever ...

EPA Gives Rebuttal to State Department's Keystone Analysis
Originally Posted: 04/23/2013 - 5:10pm | Type: Blog

The EPA yesterday called into question the State Department’s findings on Keystone XL and echoed the concerns of environmental activists everywhere: the Keystone Pipeline would be greatly exacerbate climate ch ...

5 (Stupid) Reasons Christians Reject Environmentalism
Originally Posted: 04/22/2013 - 3:09pm | Type: Blog

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 Christia ...

Major Oil Spill in Suburbia Shows Risk of Pipelines
Originally Posted: 04/01/2013 - 12:21pm | Type: Blog

Residents of Mayflower, Ark., spent Easter weekend evacuated from their homes as Exxon Mobil attended to a major oil spill from a crude oil pipeline. Residents of Mayflower, Ark., ...

Transcript: Pope Francis' Inaugural Mass Homily
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 3:17pm | Type: Blog

Editor's Note: Pope Francis delivered the following homily at his inaugural Mass on Tuesday, emphasizing the need to protect the poor and the environment. Editor's No ...

At Inaugural Mass, Pope Francis Calls for Defending Environment, Poor
Originally Posted: 03/19/2013 - 3:10pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis issued a powerful call for the protection of the environment and of society’s most vulnerable during his formal installation Mass at the Vatican, while qualifying his papal power as a “service” to ...

God’s Earth is Crying Out; God’s People, Responding, Must Prepare for Jail
Originally Posted: 03/15/2013 - 1:22pm | Type: Blog

God’s creation is in danger; and to call upon the powers of the world to heal it, God’s people are prepared to go to jail. God’s creation is in danger; and to call upon the pow ...

The Washington Post is Wrong on Keystone XL
Originally Posted: 03/12/2013 - 7:22pm | Type: Blog

The Washington Post editorial board misses the entire meaning of the forest of protests over the last 18 months. The day after the  Washington Post  announced it was  moving it ...

Climate Rallies and a Golfing President
Originally Posted: 02/19/2013 - 11:18am | Type: Blog

In what can be described as a thought-provoking twist of irony, while thousands marched past the White House to move the president “Forward on Climate,” President Obama was out golfing, which just so happens t ...

Ashes and Hope
Originally Posted: 02/26/2013 - 3:54pm | Type: Blog

Lent is a time when we try to identify with our own weakness, so since we are about to start the Church’s penitent season, it was shocking to read Virgilio Elizondo’s account of how a people generally consider ...

A Tropical Quest
Originally Posted: 02/13/2013 - 10:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Julienne Gage Restless Fires: Young John Muir's Thousand-Mile Walk to the Gulf in 1867-68. Mercer University Press. ...

On Scripture: Climate Change and Setting the World on Fire
Originally Posted: 02/06/2013 - 1:10pm | Type: Blog

In a world where climate change is evidenced in super storms, wildfires, heat waves, droughts and floods, it is urgent that people of faith return to our first responsibility of being stewards of the world in ...

Video: ‘Developing Tar Sands Means Losing Control of the Climate’
Originally Posted: 01/29/2013 - 3:03pm | Type: Blog

“If we fully develop the tar sands, we will certainly lose control of the climate. We will get to a point where we can not walk back from the cliff,” says climate scientist Dr. John Abraham. The Keystone XL pi ...

A Path Forward on Climate, Or, Obeying God
Originally Posted: 01/25/2013 - 11:03am | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Address this week included a bold statement about his vision for addressing climate change. President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Address thi ...

A Little Climate Change Pleasure Reading
Originally Posted: 01/24/2013 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

This winter, fiction revealed truth about climate change. This winter, fiction revealed truth about climate change.   As a teacher, I relish the escape provided by pleasure r ...

Canada PM meets chiefs amid Teresa Spence hunger strike
Originally Posted: 01/04/2013 - 4:49pm | Type: Blog

After a 25-day hunger strike by Attawapiskat chief Teresa Spence, First Nation leaders will meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Jan. 11. Spence began fasting to protest a budget proposal that weakens native land rights and environmental ...

Climate Change at Christmastime: Hug a Tree!
Originally Posted: 12/24/2012 - 12:05pm | 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 - 12:12pm | 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 ...

The Thing From the Oil Company Board Room
Originally Posted: 11/21/2012 - 9:47am | 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 ...