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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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July 15, 2015

First Presbyterian Tallahassee: Carbon Neutrality, Solar Panels, and "Fossil Free"


Reflections from Brant S. Copeland, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee, FL.


 FPC Tallahassee solar panels on church roof


I have been serving as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Tallahassee for almost 30 years.  Throughout my pastorate our congregation has been deeply engaged in environmental stewardship.  In 2006 our Session responded to the General Assembly’s call to become a “carbon neutral” congregation.  We have accomplished this goal through the generosity and dedication of our members. 


In order to accomplish our goal we conducted a capital campaign and made major changes in our historic sanctuary and other buildings.  A central feature of our transition ...

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December 2, 2014

PCUSA Comment on the Proposed EPA Carbon Regulations

Yesterday, December 1, was the deadline for the EPA to receive public comments on the clean power proposed rule. Many Presbyterians lifted up their voice in local and national settings, encouraging this rule that will limit carbon emissions from existing power plants.


J. Herbert Nelson of our Office of Public Witness submitted a powerful comment based on General Assembly policies. A copy of this comment is available on the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness blog. He writes, "If we hope to prevent the worst impacts of climate change and protect communities around the world, reducing carbon emissions from power ...

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July 9, 2014

Ohio "Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness" Issue Press Release

The below press release has been released by the faith communities involved in Ohio's "Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness" (FaCT):



CONTACT: Ron Prosek

PHONE NUMBER: 440-974-2035



July 8, 2014


Ohio Faith Communities urge Governor Kasich and the Ohio General Assembly to restore Ohio’s Energy Standards that were frozen recently by SB 310


AKRON, OH.  FaCT [Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness] unanimously adopts letter in opposition to recently-enacted SB 310.


At its recent June meeting at First Grace United Church of Christ in Akron, FaCT – Fa ...

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July 8, 2014

Trinity Presbyterian in Santa Cruz Installs Solar

 Trinity PC Santa Cruz rooftop solar panels

Members at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Santa Cruz, CA, decided to take the leap of faith and apply for a loan to install solar panels on their church building. In an article about stewardship for the church newsletter, church member Russ Hobbs wrote about "solar coming to Trinity" as a brainstorm that began with replacing styrofoam cups with washable ones. As church members brainstormed the many ways they could care better for God's creation, after talking about water conservation and replacing styrofoam, they came upon the idea of solar panels and decided to explore it.


Hobbs wrote this about ...

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