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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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December 18, 2014

What Leads to Change?

 

 

 glacier almost melted

 

Like many of us whose hearts have been given over to God’s reconciling work in healing the creation, I have heard many, many presentations on climate change. For at least 15 years, I have been intentionally studying and hearing about the science of it, the moral imperative behind it, the actions we can take, and the change we want to accomplish. I do not really tire of any of it. It is always good to be in a place (especially with new language, new people, new context) to affirm the things we have heard and know.

 

Yet, my body ...

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December 15, 2014

The Hard Work of Justice: Reflections on Peru Trip

 

Sometimes it takes getting out of my usual routine and daily surroundings to re-remember why this hard, long justice work consistently calls my name.

 

The work for climate justice usually feels insurmountable. It is horrifying, intimidating, and heart-breaking. Driving past ash gray and white mountains, from acid rain, that should be brown and green, I cannot imagine how my tiny contributions can help bring back the color that belongs to that landscape. Watching beautiful toddlers giggle and dance while knowing lead poisoning limits their future capacity and growth, I cannot quite draw enough breath. I know it is not only ...

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December 10, 2014

Glacier! by Colleen Earp

On Sunday we visited Huaytapallana glacier, up around 15,000 feet above sea level in the Andes mountains of Peru. It wasn’t just the altitude that had me short of breath and dizzy though; this was a truly awesome sight.

 

The glacier itself has very sadly lost a great deal of its mass, and is predicted to be gone completely in less than two decades. It was small, tucked on the top of a beautiful peak, overlooking a lagoon and thin waterfall comprised of its own melt water, beside an enormous, still valley. The entire scene was completely breathtaking ...

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December 10, 2014

Trip Reflections by Colleen Earp

The Presbyterian Hunger Program delegation to Peru has been an amazing journey thus far. On Saturday, we stopped in La Oroya, a town badly affected by local mining and smelting projects carried out by international corporations. A local man named Wilmer met with our group to tell us about some of the social, political, and economic issues related to the environmental problems.

 

We learned that in addition to acid rain, poisoned rivers, and respiratory illness from the mining process there are many other difficult situations happening in this area in the Andes. The transition from mostly agriculture to mostly mining ...

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December 5, 2014

Presbyterians Learning in Lima!

Our trip has begun! Presbyterians from across the USA have come together to journey with our sisters and brothers in our Joining Hands network in Lima, Peru, to learn from them about their realities related to climate change, extractive industries, and root causes of hunger, poverty, and environmental destruction. On the edges of the United Nations' climate talks (COP 20), we will participate in civil society, learn from local church pastors and community leaders, and see sites of socio-environmental challenge.

 

So far, though, we have gathered and been greeted, took a nice morning walk to see the ocean and some ...

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