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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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April 18, 2016

Fair Trade and the Environment

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 ...

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January 5, 2016

Post-Paris New Year

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 ...

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December 14, 2015

Paris Agreement

The hope and optimism we heard in Paris during the two weeks of the COP 21 did lead to a historic agreement, where nearly 200 of the world's governments committed themselves to a low-carbon future. While not as strong as may be wished, it is an accomplishment indeed to have a global agreement that sets us on a path to leaving 80% of current fossil fuel resources in the ground, where they need to stay. De-carbonizing the global economy and limiting emissions to "well below" 2 degrees Celsius increase of pre-industrial levels are important steps in the right direction ...

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December 11, 2015

Different Gifts, One Body

1 Corinthians 12:

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.


Pan African Climate Justice Caravan event

Gary Payton as part of the witness for African cyclists for climate justice. Photo from UMC GBCS.


In Advent, we wait and anticipate a time to celebrate the incarnation, God coming in human form to be present in the world through Jesus’ birth. As COP 21 comes to a close, and many are anticipating what ...

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December 11, 2015

People You Meet on the Way

Austalian John Englart


Reflection from Carol Somplatsky-Jarman, observer to COP 21 with PCUSA


At the COP21, Le Bourget, one great aspect of the experience is what happens by accident, the people you meet on the way to where you are--or think you are--going.

A couple days as go, I met John Englart of Australia while waiting to meet my husband for dinner.

I notice right away the green shirt he is wearing, distributed a few days earlier by Les Amis de la Terre France  (Friends of the Earth, France) and being worn by a number of environmentalist at the center.  The shirt has ...

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