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.
Written by Jessica Maudlin, Associate for Enough for Everyone, Presbyterian Hunger Program
The PC(USA) has been involved in issues of Fair Trade since the Presbyterian Coffee Project began in 2001. Fair Trade is a “trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, disadvantaged producers and workers — especially in the [Global] South.”
World Fair Trade Day, started in 2001 by WFTO members, falls on the second Saturday of May of each year. It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change and the economic crises that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations. And PHP hopes that you’ll consider supporting and celebrating Fair Trade this year as part of your Eco-Journey.
Learn more about the connections between Fair Trade and the Environment in this video from our partner, Equal Exchange:
Creation Justice Ministries, our ecumenical roundtable of denominations working for care of God's creation--formerly the National Council of Churches' Eco-Justice Program, helped us pull together a statement in response to the Flint crisis. The issues surrounding the Flint situation are complex, multi-faceted, serious, and urgent. We continue to compile resources as we're able and to vision how we can think and respond most effectively to issues of environmental racism, democracy, water privatization, children's health, and more.
Christian Communities Call for Swift Government Action to Heal Injuries Inflicted on the People of Flint, Michigan
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The annual Treading Lightly for Lent calendar was uploaded last week. If you missed it, it's not too late to add these daily action-reflection suggestions into your other Lenten disciplines! Download your Treading Lightly for Lent calendar here. (If you prefer a Word document, and want to cut/paste it to share with others, here is the Word document version of Treading Lightly.)
Celebrate a sustainable Palm Sunday! More than 300 million palm fronds are harvested each year for U.S. consumption alone — most of them for Palm Sunday. Whereas traditional palms may harm forests and not support local workers, when you order Eco-Palms you are protecting forests, local jobs, and sustainable livelihoods in the harvesting communities.
In 2015, 995 PC(USA) congregations purchased Eco-Palms for Palm Sunday. 2015 orders totaled more than 183,640 palm fronds purchased by Presbyterians. Altogether 4216 U.S. congregations ordered Eco-Palms in 2015, ensuring that over 965,840 palm fronds were harvested sustainably this season. In 2016 ...
2015 brought the papal encyclical on the environment, new strong commitments to environmental stewardship by the U.S. government, new innovations in renewable energy development, strong grassroots movement building, and the global Paris agreement. Having attended part of the UNFCCC COP21 climate talks in Paris in December and reflecting here on the blog with you and others, I now am excited this month to see what 2016 might bring. It is a new year, and we have new opportunities to work locally, regionally, and globally for God's creation.
As the world and the nation takes on the international invitation ...