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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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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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May 1, 2014

Disappearing Wetland Communities and a Church Calling for Change

Bayou Blue church visit


Last month I visited, along with other members of the Presbyterian Hunger Program, the First Presbyterian Church of Bayou Blue, in Gray, Louisiana. We learned about the concerns and passions unique to their part of God's creation. This hospitable, warm, and loving congregation shared much with us, including their deep grief about what is happening in the wetlands around them.


As seems to be the case in many of our "human ingenuity" endeavors, it is after channels have been carved into wetlands for oil drilling (allowing salt water intrusion) and after experiencing natural disasters like hurricanes (which push on ...

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March 26, 2014

Environmental Justice Atlas resource online

A great resource for finding out what environmental conflicts and environmental justice movements are happening around the world is the Environmental Justice Atlas.


You can go to this resource to see a world map and to sort by company, country, or issue. The site also includes reports and links to other world-wide Environmental Justice groups.

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September 18, 2013

Environmental Justice: paying attention to people

Environmental Justice is a term used to indicate that certain sectors of the human population suffer from the worst affects of environmental disaster and are kept from the best of environmental benefits. Correlating with a lot of other structural issues of injustice, people of color and people in lower economic brackets are documented to be living closest to the most toxic sites and farthest from beneficial ones.


Think of the people who populate the major agricultural fields that get heavily sprayed with pesticides (primarily Latino or Hispanic), or historical populations that have been removed from their land (various Native American ...

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