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Eco-Journey is the blog of the Environmental Ministries Office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It includes a wide array of environmental topics: upcoming environmental events, links to interesting articles and studies, information on environmental advocacy, eco-theology topics, and success stories from churches that are going “green.”

Author Rebecca Barnes is the Associate for Environmental Ministries at the PC(USA). She is a graduate of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with an MDiv and Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) dual degree.

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November 24, 2015

A few articles leading up to Paris COP 21

As Gary, Bill and I prepare to be part of the observers at the Paris COP 21, we have done a lot of reading, thinking, and preparing.


Here are some things you might find interesting:


Front page news article on PC(USA) delegation and others from Kentucky, as KY Senators are part of blocking climate justice


Presbyterian News Services article on the PC(USA) delegation to COP21


Gary Payton had a radio interview and you can listen to the MP3 file here.


Testimony of a Marshallese poet whose islands will be underwater if we settle even for a 2 degree increase "Even in a room full of brilliant organizers, I heard 2 degrees thrown around like it was the priority, like the science that has clearly stated that 1.5 would mean the end of all atoll nations meant nothing.... 'But don’t you see that you’re gambling with our islands?'”




Categories: Climate Change

Tags: climate justice, cop 21, faith climate work, paris cop, pcusa, united nations

November 23, 2015

What risks will we take?


As Gary wrote earlier, we are preparing as a small PCUSA delegation for the COP21 later this month (the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change). It begins November 30 and ends December 11 in Paris, France. While I won’t be there the whole time of the COP21, I am excited to observe and witness these international proceedings at this key moment in history. I look forward to sharing observations with you on this blog.


Not only is this a crucial time in the planet’s climate crisis, it ...

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November 13, 2015

Paris Lies Ahead: the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP21)

By Gary Payton


Paris lies ahead.  And, members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) across the nation will be faithfully following developments of COP21, the shorthand for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  Heads of State; national negotiators; leaders of global faith communities, environmental organizations, and businesses; all come together from November 30 until December 11. The goal is straightforward: craft an international agreement to combat climate change (keep global warming below 2 degrees C) and accelerate the just transition to low-carbon societies and economies.


An international ...

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October 23, 2015

Powerful Faith Statement on Final Clean Power Plan!

PC(USA)'s main ecumenical environmental partner is Creation Justice Ministries. Formerly the National Council of Churches' Eco-Justice Working Group, Creation Justice Ministries is a great team of individuals representing myriad denominations. We are thankful for our common work, and for this powerful statement. (Click here to download a nicely formatted pdf to share around!)


October 23, 2015
(Washington, DC) - Creation Justice Ministries welcomes and celebrates the release of the final version of the Clean Power Plan.


As Christians, we are acutely aware of the threats posed by a changing climate. Already, we have seen rising floodwaters, severe droughts, relentless ...

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October 22, 2015

St. Francis of Assisi Celebration at Parroquia San Jose

Rev. Neddy Astudillo regularly incorporates caring for all creation in worship at Parroquia San Jose, a Lutheran and PCUSA congregation in Beloit, WI. This fall, the congregation included a celebration of Saint Francis of Assisi. Neddy writes, "We had a rehabilitated pelican at church. He came to talk to us about Climate change and storms, like the one that through him off course (Katrina), and made him end up in Illinois. He was wounded enough to have a wing amputated, but is now a teacher and such an amazing presence wherever he goes!"




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