Eco-Journey is the blog of the Environmental Ministries Office of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). It will include 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-Davies is the Associate for Environmental Ministries at the PC(USA). She recently graduated from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary with a M.Div. and Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) dual degree.
Earlier this summer some shocking research was published on health risks associated with mountaintop removal coal mining (learn more about this practice). The study looked at 1.9 million live births from 1996 to 2003 in Central Appalachia. Separating births by counties with no mining, mountaintop removal mining, other mining, and, it was found that birth defects were more prevalent in counties with mountaintop removal mining.
After adjusting for other factors that may affect birth defect rates (such as mother’s age, prenatal care, etc.), it was found that birth defects were significantly higher in counties with mountaintop removal mining from both 1996-1999 and 2000-2003. In the later period, from 2000-2003, birth defects in counties with mountaintop removal mining were 42 percent higher.
The effect of mountaintop removal mining on birth defects is even stronger than the effect of a mother smoking during pregnancy. View a fact sheet with more information on this new MTR study from the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition.
The Presbyterian Hunger Program has created a new webpage with resources related to trade reform. Trade issues and eco-justice are inextricably intertwined, and this page has great resources for Presbyterians to learn what our reformed tradition has to say about just trade. Explore this new webpage at www.pcusa.org/trade, download the posters related to just trade, and learn more about how to advocate for just trade.
Presbyterian policy on just trade approved by the 215th General Assembly in 2003 calls Presbyterians to
"Support efforts to strive toward international cooperation based on fair trade, respect for diversity, and ...
The National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program sent the action alert below.
This week the House is considering a bill that would reduce funding for clean air and clean water by more than 15 percent forcing communities around the country to deal with water pollution from other states and more kids vulnerable to asthma. We are called to be good stewards of God’s good Earth and to protect vulnerable populations in particular from harm. Over the last 40 year, we have experienced an increase in air and water quality due in part to government policy that sets strong standards ...
The National Council of Churches (NCC) Eco-Justice Program has issued this Action Alert:
This week, three women of faith from various parts of the country--Rev. Leah Schade, Andy Burt, and Caroline Brock were in Washington, DC, speaking to elected officials about the need for healthy air and healthy communities. They urged them to support new policies that would reduce mercury emissions, lower smog levels, and ensure healthier communities, healthier children, and a healthier Creation.
Since 1970, the Clean Air Act has set a standard for air quality ...
As people of faith, we are called to care for our bodies and for vulnerable people. Women still often take on the roles of caregivers, especially in their families.