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Divest from Fossil Fuels: Money Talks
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jenna Nicholas Defunding climate change is "an idea whose time has come."  LAST SPRING, Archbishop ...

Who Owns the Sun?
Originally Posted: 05/13/2015 - 1:51pm | Type: Magazine Article

Emily Atkin Utility companies promote laws that seek to prevent rooftop solar systems.  FOR SOMETHING as simp ...

4 Ways to Help Your Community Talk About Environmental Ethics
Originally Posted: 04/30/2015 - 1:34pm | Type: Blog

Our ability to make meaningful collective moral decision requires us to be able to first have enough common moral language to have a conversation. This might be a good place to start. ...

Vatican Kicks Off Environmental Push with Climate Change Summit
Originally Posted: 04/29/2015 - 5:33pm | Type: Blog

the Vatican, the head of the United Nations, and leading scientists came together at a summit April 28 ... action, framing it as a moral and religious imperative. Also attending the April 28 summit were ... statement prepared by conference attendees and released late on April 28. “Climate-change mitigation will ...

'Cheap Grace' and Climate Change
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Novelist Jonathan Franzen was getting hammered earlier this month. He recently wrote a piece delving into his ornithological passion in The New Yorker entitled “Carbon Capture: Has climate change made it harde ...

Love Is the Primary Energy to Amend Climate Change
Originally Posted: 04/23/2015 - 11:02am | Type: Blog

By 1787, no American Quaker owned slaves—largely due to Woolman’s witness. Can we say the same of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, or Benjamin Franklin's influence? Seve ...

A Letter from Mother Earth
Originally Posted: 04/22/2015 - 3:28pm | Type: Blog

Bombs, land mines, and chemical weapons you use to kill your brothers and sisters instantly are slowly killing you too by ripping me apart and rendering me unable to provide for you. “Scorched earth” tactics u ...

Aunt Roma's Lessons for Eco-Living
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 3:56pm | Type: Blog

We have been given access to an environment we did not create. Years ago as a child growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, I was befriended by a wonderful family around the corner from my ...

Paris and the Challenge of Real Change
Originally Posted: 04/17/2015 - 1:32pm | Type: Blog

Crucial to the Paris discussions is the fact that Western-driven economic theory and practice, rooted in the competitive polarities of prosperity versus paucity, now dominate the globe, while Western economies ...

Environmental Justice, Inclusiveness, and Mother Earth
Originally Posted: 04/20/2015 - 12:45pm | Type: Blog

As we dig deeper and the shackles are removed, we begin to see how economic and environmental justice are connected and how this exploitation is directly related to incentives like government funding, tax brea ...

Pope Francis Throws the Weight of His Office Behind Tackling Climate Change
Originally Posted: 04/15/2015 - 6:20pm | Type: Blog

that is scheduled for release this summer. The one-day summit on April 28 will also include participants from ...

Mapping the Reach of Canadian Mining
Originally Posted: 04/28/2015 - 11:31am | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés An interactive map showing Canadian mining locations.  In Emilie Teresa Smith’s cover story &quo ...

Despair is Optional
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:40pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben We're like the bad babysitter who takes the 2-year-old out for a tattoo and some piercings.  ...

Oh, Canada!
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 1:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Emilie Teresa Smith Canadians are supposed to be the good guys in the story. Well, not anymore.  DOÑA DIODORA ...

May 2015
Originally Posted: 04/08/2015 - 2:14pm | Type: Magazine Issue

May, 2015 Our oh-so-polite neighbor to the north is leading the world in destructive mining practices. Pretty rude, eh? ...

Passover, Holy Week, and the Climate Crisis
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

Our own generation, facing a catastrophic crisis in the Earth-earthling relationship, must go back to the Bible for guidance on how to apply indigenous wisdom to the planet as a whole. ...

White House Releases Blueprint for Cutting U.S. Greenhouse Gas Pollution 26-28 Percent by 2025
Originally Posted: 04/01/2015 - 9:28am | Type: Blog

 President Obama’s blueprint for cutting U.S. greenhouse gas pollution by 26-28 percent before 2025. ...

Expanding Clean Energy in Maryland Would Protect the Poor
Originally Posted: 03/27/2015 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

Pope Francis is a straight shooter who does not mince words: "If we destroy creation, creation will destroy us,” the pontiff said last year. “Never forget this!” Pope Franci ...

We have everything to gain by acting on climate change
Originally Posted: 03/23/2015 - 10:47am | Type: Press

March 21, 2015 Sojo in the News Melanie Grune ...

'Merchants of Doubt' Dismantles Climate 'Skeptics' Spin But Misses Chance to Build Bridges
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 2:45pm | Type: Blog

While the film does important work in helping audiences understand how paid representatives spread misinformation, it doesn’t do enough to address the tribalism that may keep the film’s most necessary audience ...

Merchant of 'Doubt:' Robert Kenner, Director of 'Food, Inc.,' Has a New Film on Corporate Spin. Here's What He Says About It.
Originally Posted: 03/13/2015 - 1:03pm | Type: Blog

"The thing that interested me most was how media could represent issues as if they were debates when they weren’t debates." Robert Kenner is the director of the new corp ...

Kenya’s Catholic Church to Fight Hunger by Farming Its Vast Land Reserves
Originally Posted: 03/11/2015 - 10:03am | Type: Blog

Drying livestock carcasses and anguished faces of hungry women and children have become a common feature here as droughts increase due to climate change. Drying livestock carcass ...

Pope Francis climate change call to action makes waves in faith communities
Originally Posted: 03/02/2015 - 3:57pm | Type: Press

January 5, 2015 Sojo in the News Anna Maria Tremonti ...

Vetoing the Keystone XL Pipeline: Moral Leadership for the Environment
Originally Posted: 02/27/2015 - 5:43pm | Type: Press

February 26, 2015 Sojo in the News Margaret Benefiel ...

Vetoing the Keystone XL Pipeline: Moral Leadership for the Environment
Originally Posted: 03/03/2015 - 11:12am | Type: Blog

in November to reduce carbon emissions in the U. S. by 26-28 percent from 2005 levels by 2025. He has  worked ...

Unity Letter: Tell President Obama to Veto and Reject Keystone XL
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 11:36am | Type: Press

February 24, 2015 Sojo in the News Mark Hefflinger ...

Hollywood celebs, musicians and landowners thank Obama for Keystone pipeline veto
Originally Posted: 02/25/2015 - 11:31am | Type: Press

February 24, 2015 Sojo in the News St. Joe's Channel ...

Environmental Racism and Health Disparities in the South Bronx
Originally Posted: 02/19/2015 - 10:09am | Type: Blog

Time and time again we witness corporations that come in and ravage not only the poor, but also the environment for selfish capitalistic gain. ... As people of faith we have a responsibility to stand up agains ...

Fossil-Fuel Divestment: I Did It for My Soul
Originally Posted: 02/10/2015 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The market value of fossil fuel reserves today is valued at around $27 trillion, a sum that dwarfs the famous U.S. national debt. This means that there is a very, very bad day of reckoning ahead for someone. E ...

Pope Francis: A Christian Who Does Not Protect Creation ‘Does Not Care About the Work of God’
Originally Posted: 02/09/2015 - 4:57pm | Type: Blog

If you are a Christian, protecting the environment is part of your identity, not an ideological option, Pope Francis said Feb. 9. If you are a Christian, protecting the environme ...

Open Letter to Christian Investment Companies: Give Members the Option to Opt Out of Fossil Fuels
Originally Posted: 02/06/2015 - 2:08pm | Type: Blog

Of the 13 major Christian investment companies we studied, not a single one offers a way for their members to opt out of fossil fuels. We think Christian investment companies should be the first to stop fundin ...

Every Time I Look Into the Holy Book
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben Churches are profiting from desecration like this—and every time they look into the account books they should tremble.  ...

A Farm Grows in Brookland
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:52pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kimberly Burge Gail Taylor hopes that Three Part Harmony Farm in D.C. Brookland neighborhood becomes the city's first commercial far ...

PHOTOS: Three Part Harmony Farm
Originally Posted: 02/11/2015 - 3:57pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Photos depicting Gail Taylor's urban farming project at Three Part Harmony Farm.  In “ A Fa ...

The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Sanctity of All Life
Originally Posted: 01/28/2015 - 1:12pm | Type: Blog

Recently President Obama proposed giving wilderness status to 12 million acres of the Artic National Wildlife Refuge. Many Republican senators, including Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, strongly oppose the preside ...

'Living Dangerously:' The Importance of the Pope's Promised Encyclical on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 01/27/2015 - 2:53pm | Type: Blog

So, as a climate activist and Christian, I’m beyond thrilled and grateful that Pope Francis is calling on world leaders, and all Catholics and people of good will, to act on global warming by releasing a histo ...

Putting our money where our faith is by divesting from fossil fuels (COMMENTARY)
Originally Posted: 01/26/2015 - 11:50am | Type: Press

January 23, 2015 Sojo in the News Jim Wallis ...

State of the Climate: How Far We’ve Come
Originally Posted: 01/21/2015 - 6:03pm | Type: Blog

As "Selma" reminds us, one victory does not call for a vacation. It calls for moving on to the next brick. Last night I watched the State of the Union, because I live ...

Catholic Groups Rally Against Climate Change Amid Intense Church Debate
Originally Posted: 01/14/2015 - 4:17pm | Type: Blog

Catholic environmental groups from around the world on Jan. 14 announced a new global network to battle climate change just as many Catholic conservatives are sharply criticizing Pope Francis’ campaign to put ...

White House Says President Will Veto Next Keystone XL Bill
Originally Posted: 01/06/2015 - 5:14pm | Type: Blog

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced today that “If this bill passes this Congress the president won't sign it either.” In November, when the Senate just barely ...

A Merry Little Climate
Originally Posted: 12/18/2014 - 11:38am | Type: Blog

We think that solar panels are a matter of climate justice and a #MerryClimate for all. The narrative of a child on whose shoulders the government sits compels us to cut across the crass consumerism of Christm ...

AUDIO: Margaret Atwood Reading from "Year of the Flood."
Originally Posted: 12/15/2014 - 2:56pm | Type: Magazine Article

Lani Prunés A Sojourners exclusive audio reading from Year of the Flood.  In her reflection on the beatitude ...

Frontline Dispatch from the War on Coal
Originally Posted: 12/10/2014 - 11:21am | Type: Blog

A new day is dawning. Soon the fog will melt in the burn of the rising sun. It is advent season. “Always,” I remind myself, “It is advent. There is work to do, to prepare the way of The Lord.” I arise to walk. ...

Keep the #LightForLima Alive: Interfaith Groups Hold Vigils for Lima Climate Negotiations
Originally Posted: 12/09/2014 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

Sunday night, people of all faiths gathered across the world for interfaith prayer vigils for the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Lima. In 13 countries, participants in #LightForLima pr ...

Trees, Healing, and Hope
Originally Posted: 12/05/2014 - 11:47am | Type: Blog

Rivers and trees. The Bible begins and ends with rivers and trees: Genesis 1-2 and Revelation 21-22. Why is this striking fact not more well known among followers of Christ? What might this latter text teach u ...

A Flicker of Hope in Lima: The Commencement of U.N. Climate Summit Meetings
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 1:42pm | Type: Blog

Within the past three months tremendous strides have been made toward protecting our earth. The People’s Climate March drew hundreds of thousands of people to the streets of New York City to advocate for clima ...

Beyond the Letter of the Law: The Jewish Perspective on Ethical Investing and Fossil Fuel Divestment
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 1:13pm | Type: Blog

elohim.  cf. Genesis 1:28).  Tzelem elohim  implies that humans are God’s agents created to actualize ... This principle forbids us from knowingly harming ourselves (Leviticus 19:28) and mandates the proper disposal ...

Evangelicals Add Support for EPA Plan to Cut Coal Pollution
Originally Posted: 12/03/2014 - 11:26am | Type: Blog

Evangelicals are teaming up with environmentalists to support the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan to substantially reduce carbon dioxide emissions from coal-burning power plants. ...

We’re Awestruck About Earth, Unsure About Global Warming
Originally Posted: 11/21/2014 - 12:16pm | Type: Blog

2.8 percentage points. Cathy Lynn Grossman  is a senior national correspondent for Religion ...

Keystone XL Fails in the Senate: What's Next?
Originally Posted: 11/19/2014 - 2:06pm | Type: Blog

Last night, the Senate voted on the Keystone XL pipeline — and with only 59 votes, the bill failed. (In the current political climate, it takes 60 votes to make a bill filibuster-proof so that it actually pass ...