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Air Pollution Shuts Down Entire City
Originally Posted: 10/22/2013 - 1:36pm | 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 ...

Christians Making the Climate Discussion Their Own
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 2:30pm | 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 - 2:00pm | 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 ...

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Water Is Not A 'Privilege,' Says Catholic Bishop
Originally Posted: 10/11/2013 - 9:43am | Type: Blog

Is access to clean water for public use a human right? Is access to clean water for public use a human right? According to Luis Infanti, the Roman Catholic bishop of Aysen in Chi ...

4 Ways the Shutdown Is Making Us Less Green
Originally Posted: 10/10/2013 - 3:13pm | Type: Blog

Some people are rejoicing over the cuts faced by the Environmental Protection Agency and other environmental agencies. But the shutdown of our environmental programs is affecting people’s lives in ways that mi ...

Bridging Science, Faith, and Troubled Waters
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 12:55pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rebecca Kraybill Dottie Yunger An interview with "Rev. Riverkeeper" Dottie Y ...

SLIDESHOW: 'Rev. Riverkeeper' in Action
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:51am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Dottie Yunger puts her faith into action as the Anacostia Riverkeeper. As Dottie Yunger writes in ...

Water Initiatives Get Congregations to Pledge to Conserve
Originally Posted: 10/08/2013 - 1:37pm | Type: Blog

Across the country, water has become more than a ritual element used in Christian baptismal rites or in Jewish and Muslim cleansing ceremonies. It has become a focus for worshippers seeking to go beyond water’ ...

Unlawful Entry
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger I watched the police toss Steve, age 70, into the crowd behind me. OFFICER MARIO normally w ...

What Happens in Texas Doesn't Stay in Texas: The Battle Over Science Textbooks
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 9:54am | Type: Blog

Over the last few weeks of hearings on science textbooks, there has been a strong push from anti-science activists and Creationists to weaken the teaching of not only evolution but climate change. ...

A 300-Mile Ride for Climate Justice
Originally Posted: 10/02/2013 - 8:52am | 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 ...

'Rev. Riverkeeper'
Originally Posted: 10/09/2013 - 8:13am | Type: Magazine Article

Dottie Yunger One minister's effort to keep the Anacostia River "baptizable." THE ANACOSTIA RI ...

"Create in me a green (heart)" tote bag
Originally Posted: 10/21/2013 - 11:29am | Type: Product

When you purchase this stylish tote bag, you not only show your support for stewarding God’s creation, but you directly i ...

Surprising Stories of Climate Change Here in the U.S.
Originally Posted: 09/24/2013 - 1:20pm | Type: Blog

One of the obstacles to igniting a passion about climate change is that it feels so abstract; it feels like a future problem, a global problem. But it’s really a here and now problem. We took folks out on the ...

Ecojustice on the Louisiana Bayou
Originally Posted: 09/23/2013 - 11:37am | 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 ...

Building a Collective Identity: 'Drawing the Line' in Communities of Faith
Originally Posted: 09/20/2013 - 1:23pm | Type: Blog

I’ll offer up a humble suggestion to those who are stuck. What if we use the best of what our faith communities has to offer and lean into the climate crisis? Not just in one way, but in three. No “one size fi ...

In Hearing on Obama’s Climate Action Plan, Star Witnesses But Few Meaningful Questions
Originally Posted: 10/17/2013 - 9:13am | 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 - 10:32am | 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 ...

Pipeline, Meet the Nuns
Originally Posted: 09/03/2013 - 1:39pm | Type: Blog

Pipeline projects are moving forward across the country, but a group of tuneful nuns is working to make sure they don’t succeed. Pipeline projects are moving forward across th ...

My Netflix Love Affair and My Carbon Footprint
Originally Posted: 08/21/2013 - 11:31am | 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 ...

Our First Divinely Appointed Vocation
Originally Posted: 08/13/2013 - 8:58am | Type: Blog

The command to care for soil is our first divinely appointed vocation, yet in our zeal to produce cheap, abundant food we have shunned it; we have tilled the adamah but we have not kept it. ...

A Step Toward Healing
Originally Posted: 08/07/2013 - 8:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Bill McKibben You can't hide this kind of debacle forever—people are finding out. Environmental activi ...

Pipeline Prayer Walk: 'In the Wide Open Air'
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 7:48am | Type: Blog

Five walkers have completed 380 miles of their three-month pilgrimage along the proposed route of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. They have crossed from Canada into the United States as part of the Com ...

I Would Walk 100 Miles — Grandparents Lead Climate Allies in Walk to D.C. for Climate Action
Originally Posted: 08/02/2013 - 7:26am | Type: Blog

During the week leading up to the “Summer Heat” demonstrations — protesting the Keystone XL pipeline and urging for action on climate change — about 25 people started a hike from Camp David to Washington, D.C. ...

New EPA Leader to Tackle Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/29/2013 - 2:03pm | Type: Blog

Climate change is expected to take a turn for the better following the Senate's approval of Gina McCarthy to serve as the new head of the Environmental Protection Agency. Cl ...

Climate Change and the Church
Originally Posted: 07/25/2013 - 2:49pm | Type: Blog

Expressing her opinion that climate change is no longer about energy efficient behavior but rather about national policy, spiritual leader, Marilyn Sewell argues the importance of what it takes to preserve the ...

Oklahoma Scientists, Christians, Urge Congress To Act On Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/23/2013 - 10:18am | Type: Press

July 22, 2013 Sojo in the News Dan Bewley ...

Why We Divested
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 4:46pm | Type: Blog

To many, our resolution to divest from fossil fuels was a scandal. So much so that months before the national Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC) would consider it a well-funded, all-out campaign to def ...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Sparrow
Originally Posted: 07/19/2013 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

Here in Washington, when you ask someone “what’s your issue?” you don’t want to know what’s wrong with her or him — you’re asking, what policy issue do you work on? Where is your heart? ...

Climate Change Report: Weather, Rising Seas Imperil Power Plants
Originally Posted: 07/15/2013 - 2:54pm | Type: Blog

In a report obtained by the Los Angeles Times, the Energy Department said Thursday that power plants are at risk of being shut down due to the effects of climate change. In a repo ...

Bringing Climate Justice to Rural Mississippi
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 4:55pm | Type: Blog

On January 1, 1992, Jesus People Against Pollution was founded in Columbia. Residents had discovered that the town had been heavily polluted from the Newsom Brothers/Old Reichhold Chemical Company facility, no ...

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Evangelical Scientists Hold Press Conference to Urge Congress to Act on Climate Change
Originally Posted: 07/17/2013 - 4:02pm | Type: Press

July 10, 2013 Press Releases In light of the President’s announcement ...

Evangelical Scientists Call for Climate Action
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:44am | Type: Blog

When you think of an evangelical Christian, do you think of a climate scientist who is passionately concerned about the impact of climate change? After this week, you should. Wh ...

VIDEO: Five Stages of Climate Grief
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:47am | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors As climate change takes its toll on the Earth, many people are paralyzed by inaction—perhaps not out of fear or guilt, but because of despair. To confront climate chang ...

Creation is Groaning
Originally Posted: 07/08/2013 - 11:45am | 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 - 11:33am | 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, ...

Food and Climate Change: The Perfect Penance
Originally Posted: 07/05/2013 - 11:16am | Type: Blog

The more I read and learned, the more I came to understand the sobering facts about the impacts that our industrial food system has on our society. As a nutrition student in coll ...

As the World Turns, Congress Stands Still on Climate
Originally Posted: 07/03/2013 - 6:25am | 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 ...

G.O.P. Sees Opportunity for Election Gains in Obama’s Climate Change Policy
Originally Posted: 07/02/2013 - 3:58pm | Type: Blog

In order to gain substantial backing in the 2014 midterm election, Republicans are beginning to flaunt major environmental and economic issues regarding President Obama’s Climate Change policies. ...

Mourning for the Earth
Originally Posted: 07/11/2013 - 9:22am | Type: Magazine Article

Katharine M. Preston To confront climate change, we may need to first deal with our grief. The most preciou ...

Obama’s Climate Action Plan Paves a Road Ahead
Originally Posted: 06/28/2013 - 7:13am | Type: Blog

Yesterday was a momentous day for the creation care movement: after years of inaction from Congress, President Obama announced a major, comprehensive plan of action on climate change. ...

Obama Offers Keystone Surprise in Climate Change Agenda Speech
Originally Posted: 06/26/2013 - 1:47pm | Type: Blog

President Barack Obama revealed his approval for and was in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline project during his climate change speech on Tuesday. President Barack Obama revealed ...

Obama Readying Emissions Limits on Power Plants
Originally Posted: 06/20/2013 - 3:35pm | Type: Blog

With hopes to reduce mass amounts of pollution, President Obama has begun forming a list of ideas to condense the amount of carbon dioxide entering earth’s atmosphere. With hopes ...

Surviving the Next Gulf Oil Spill
Originally Posted: 06/19/2013 - 3:15pm | 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& ...

Arkansas Pipeline Spill Casts Shadow Over Keystone XL
Originally Posted: 06/06/2013 - 2:16pm | Type: Blog

The ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline spill galvanized opponents of the Keystone XL Pipeline citing its planned path through major rivers and aquifers. When the ExxonMobil Pegasus pipe ...

Climate Change Causing Longer U.S. Wildfire Season
Originally Posted: 06/05/2013 - 1:53pm | Type: Blog

Top United States Forest Service official told Congress hotter, dried conditions produced by climate change are causing America's longer wildfire season and increasing the amount of land burned. ...