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What are the Environmental Costs of Pork?

Producing more than enough poop to fill over 15,000 Olympic-size swimming pools every year, hog facilities and other animal operations in North Carolina are placing an atrocious strain on the environment. A recent report by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and the Waterkeeper Alliance (Waterkeepers) outlines the high environmental costs of producing nearly 10 billion […]

July 12th

Cairo Climate Talks Inspire Rare Interfaith Dialogue

“Pollution and global warming pose an even greater threat than war,” stated Egypt’s German Ambassador H.E. Julius Georg Luy, as he opened the 41st round of Cairo Climate Talks on June 27, 2016. “And,” he added, “the fight to preserve the environment could be the most positive way of bringing humanity together.” Expressing a heartfelt […]

July 6th

Pope’s Global Call for Solar Catholic Schools is Laudato Si’ in Action

Demonstrating the Catholic Church’s commitment to the environment, as embodied in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, top Vatican officials responded enthusiastically to dozens of catholic schools in Queensland, Australia going solar. All 31 schools in the Townsville Diocese have recently switched to solar power, resulting in annual electricity savings of $250,000. The resounding success of Australia’s […]

June 27th

Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker @ Religion & Ecology Summit

I’m blogging live from the Religion and Ecology Summit today. The prolific, Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker, a Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar at Yale University and director of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale, just finished giving her keynote address. Here are some quotes that stood out to me: “We have the find the words […]

March 11th

Malaysian Fatwa Makes Pollution Illegal

The lush 130-million-year-old rainforests, miles of sea-coast, colorful insects, and exotic wildlife make Malaysia one of the richest natural resources in the world. But thick air pollution and dirty waste water are hurting these natural wonders and the people who live there. In response, the Perlis Fatwa Committee in the small Malaysian northeastern state decided that […]

March 2nd

Pro-Life Christians Ask Texas to Support Clean Energy

One of the ironies with the Republican’s failure to recognize the seriousness of climate change and environmental pollution is it contradicts their pro-life platform. Exposure to chemicals like mercury, lead, and other carcinogens in the womb harms the unborn and dirty air and water obviously has serious consequences to children. But many pro-life Christians are […]

March 1st

Set Lower Expectations for Your Towels and Carrots

As part of the Hotel Council of San Francisco’s first “Stay Green Forum,” I got to tour the back rooms, roofs, and basements of some of San Francisco’s largest hotels. It was wonderful to see the Clift Hotel’s bee colony and the Hotel Nikko’s micro turbines. But as the Hilton’s general manager took us down to their “water […]

February 26th

Would Jesus Vote for Bernie Sanders?

Seeing #FeeltheBern all day on Facebook and Twitter may give you heart-bern. But it’s hard not to like Bernie Sanders. His populist message taps into the anger many Americans feel toward our pay-to-play political structure. His call for universal health care and free college tuition is simply a call for Americans to be healthier, smarter, and more competitive […]

February 17th