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.
Reflections from Brant S. Copeland, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Tallahassee, FL. www.oldfirstchurch.org
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 ...
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 ...
The below press release has been released by the faith communities involved in Ohio's "Faith Communities Together for Frack Awareness" (FaCT):
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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 ...
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 ...
Monday marked an important moment in our care for God's creation. The EPA, as part of the President's ongoing climate action plan, has passed guidelines for curbing carbon pollution from power plants. As it says on the EPA website, "Power plants are the largest source of carbon pollution in the U.S., accounting for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. Nationwide, the Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30 percent below 2005 levels."
This is the first such national action on curbing power plant pollution in this way, and ...