Starting Forest Fires Declared a Sin in Indonesia

Published on October 3rd, 2016 | by

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Hoping to end the annual blazes enveloping Southeast Asia in choking haze, Indonesia’s Islamic Ulema Council (MUI) issued a fatwa against intentionally starting forest fires. The religious edict issued by the MUI declares that it is against Islamic law, or “haram,” for Muslims to burn forests or plantation lands. Issued in mid-September, the six-point fatwa […]

The Largest Church in Brooklyn is Going Solar

Published on September 19th, 2016 | by

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Founded in 1979, the Christian Cultural Center (CCC) is the largest church in Brooklyn. With over 37,000 members in its congregation, the CCC is the largest evangelical church in the New York region and one of the largest independent churches in the US. Sitting on an 11-acre sun-drenched campus, the CCC is hoping to make […]

Rabbi Ellen Bernstein Describes an Ecotheology for All

Published on September 15th, 2016 | by

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It’s not every day we are blessed to hear from one of the leaders of the religious ecology movement. Recently, Rabbi Ellen Bernstein, the birth mother of Jewish environmentalism, gave a talk at the Chautauqua Institution. Titled “A Creator God and a Sense of Place: A Jewish Ecotheology,” Bernstein’s talk shed light on a universal version of […]

All Morocco’s Mosques Transitioning to Solar Power

Published on September 14th, 2016 | by

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With the first phase deadline set for 2019, Morocco has launched an ambitious “Energy Efficiency in Mosques” program aiming to provide solar power for all the mosques in the kingdom. By switching to energy-saving LED lighting, solar water heating, and rooftop solar PV electricity generation, significant savings are anticipated for the Moroccan Ministry of Religious […]

Greening the Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca

Published on September 12th, 2016 | by

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The Hajj season of 2016 is underway in Saudi Arabia and the world’s attention is finely tuned to the environmental impacts of four million pilgrims converging on Mecca. The pilgrimage crowd is phenomenal and attempts to “green” the hajj, as we’ll cover in this update, are continuously improving and as innovative as ever. Taking place […]

Alaskan Climate Refugees are Looking for a New Home

Published on September 5th, 2016 | by

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Retreating onto the uncharted territory of today’s “climate refugees,” the entire indigenous community of Shishmaref, Alaska, is losing the land under its feet. Shishmaref has a population of around 600 members of the Native American Inupiat Tribe, located on Sarichef, a tiny island north of the Bering Strait. For over 400 years, this austere, ice-bound […]

Native Americans Stand Up Against Dakota Access Pipeline

Published on August 29th, 2016 | by

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Holding down two fronts in the battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline, Native Americans and supporters are swelling in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, and outside a courthouse in Washington, D.C. Joining several hundred members of North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in D.C., actors Susan Sarandon, Shailene Woodley, and Riley Keough added their voices of […]

US Lutherans Divesting from Fossil Fuels!

Published on August 22nd, 2016 | by

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  Committed to working towards a sustainable future, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is divesting from its fossil fuel investments! A majority of the 900 voting members approved this historic resolution at its 2016 Churchwide Assembly on August 13. Rev. Barbara Rossing, a professor at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, said, […]