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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 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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November 26, 2014

Dec 7 Light for Lima

You are invited to follow along the PCUSA trip to Lima with our mission partners on this blog and you are also invited to light a candle or join a vigil in your own home community on Sunday Dec 7, as part of a global interfaith effort called "Light for Lima."

 

#LightForLima encourages people to host a vigil, join a vigil, participate in an online vigil, and to take a picture to upload or tweet.

 

On December 7, throughout the UN climate talks, and ongoing, may we keep climate negotiations in our hearts and prayers as we strive to serve ...

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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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