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Obama’s Clean Power Plan Gets Support of Faith Groups

As temperatures soar, wildfires and droughts scorch the land, homes are destroyed by severe storms, and people are put at a greater risk of deadly diseases and famine, leaders around the world are facing increasing pressure to act now. “Climate change is not a problem for another generation, not anymore,” President Barack Obama said in a video […]

August 3rd

How to Survive Climate Change the Best Possible Way

What do a government scientist, reverend, fisherman, and farmer all have in common? As Pope Francis wrote in his environmental encyclical, “Praised Be,” they all share a common home. And, as floods, droughts, heat waves, and storms hurt their home with increasing frequency and severity, they all share a common desire to survive and prosper. It’s […]

July 23rd

Why the Encyclical Has Lasting Power

You may have heard — last Thursday, Pope Francis issued an environmental encyclical called “Laudato Sii: On the Care for Our Common Home.” In the document, he praised the beauty and love of Sister, Mother Earth and urged us all — Catholics and non-Catholics — to protect her. I have to admit that I hungrily devoured all […]

June 24th

Energy Efficiency for the Climate and the Poor

Helping the poor, vulnerable, and marginalized is a central tenet in the Christian gospel. The command to care for “the least of these” (Matthew 25:40) has inspired organizations like Christian Aid to help the poor, Habitat for Humanity to provide shelter for the vulnerable, and World Vision to support children in need. And, in North Carolina’s Smoky Mountains, the gospel […]

May 12th

US Congregations Take Action on Climate Change

Walls made out of straw? A solar victory over coal? These aren’t lofty environmental dreams or fantasies of the Big Bad Wolf. These are just some of the ways Interfaith Power & Light’s (IPL) Cool Congregations Challenge winners take action to respond to the threat of climate change. “It’s very inspiring to see so many congregations stepping up […]

April 29th

An Earth Day for Liberals and Conservatives

In 1970, Democratic Senator Gaylord Nelson and Republican Congressman Pete McCloskey came together for the first Earth Day. It was a different time. There was bipartisan support for regulating dirty factories, toxic dumps, polluted water, and the loss of wilderness. President Richard Nixon established the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and enacted most of our environmental laws. President Ronald Reagan designated […]

April 22nd