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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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November 19, 2014

Lima Peru Climate Trip Dec 2014

In December 2014, the Presbyterian Hunger Program will host a reflection-action trip in Lima, Peru with our Joining Hands partner networks in Peru and Bolivia. With this trip, we hope to help U.S. Presbyterians committed to environmental, energy and climate justice to know more about, and stand in solidarity with, our partners on the ground in Peru. These partners are battling extractive mines, glacier melt, and other social-environmental areas of concern, such as lead poisoning in children.

 

We will look at root causes of hunger, poverty and environmental destruction, all of which are linked one to the other. We ...

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October 23, 2014

Over 99 tons of carbon offset from General Assembly!

Nearly 200 Presbyterians decided last June at the PCUSA General Assembly in Detroit to donate a carbon offset as part of their General Assembly experience. While we all continue to try to conserve energy, to support the development of renewable energy sources, and to care pro-actively for God's creation, purchasing a carbon offset means also putting some of our money voluntarily into projects that are making a difference in sequestering carbon (and hopefully building up the economic development of a community at the same time).

 

I am thankful to those who helped to make this faithful contribution to care ...

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September 22, 2014

Presbyterians March for Climate Justice

Christians and other people of faith gathered yesterday on 58th Street and 8th Ave in New York City, to raise a voice of concern for God's creation as the most vulnerable populations suffer daily from the impact of climate change. Just a few days preceding a special Climate Summit called by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the United Nations, people of faith and hundreds of thousands of others showed up to demonstrate serious concern about the lack of policy and action that will really make a difference in the face of the climate crisis.

 

Here are some snapshots of Presbyterians ...

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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):

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Ron Prosek

PHONE NUMBER: 440-974-2035

EMAIL: rprosek.fact@gmail.com

 

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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June 3, 2014

EPA New Carbon Plan

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 ...

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