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November 5, 2014

Wars Leave Devastating Impact on Environment

by Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Mark Koenig

This article was posted on EthicsDaily.com in preparation for the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict on November 6. Check EthicsDaily.com for more articles, videos and news.

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Ancient words from Deuteronomy remind us of the relationship between conflict and the environment created by God.”If you besiege a town for a long time, making war against it in order to take it, you must not destroy its trees by ...

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June 17, 2013

Together, We Have the Power to Protect the Ocean

by Anna Folz

UN Conference on World Oceans Day - 8 June 2013

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If we are to fully benefit from the oceans, we must reverse the degradation of the marine environment due to pollution, overexploitation and acidification.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Many countries celebrated World Oceans Day following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. In 2008, the United Nations General Assembly decided that 8 June would be officially designated as “World Oceans Day”. According to the UN website, “The official designation of World Oceans Day is an opportunity to raise global ...

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June 12, 2013

Three prayer concerns - June 12

Syria
Pray for the people of Syria, where by the end of the year, millions will have been forced to abandon their homes; becoming displaced persons or refugees without access to adequate shelter, food and water. Pray that the UN will receive the money it needs from its member countries to provide aid to suffering Syrians, and that peaceful resolutions to the conflict will soon be found

Haiti
Pray for the people of Haiti, where the cholera continues, having caused the deaths of over eight thousand people and suffering of hundreds of thousands to date. Pray that the global community ...

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May 23, 2013

Three Prayer Concerns - May 23

The Jahalin Bedouin people
Pray for the Jahalin Bedouin people in the West Bank who have been displaced from their homes, marginalized by the governing authorities in their region, and terrorized by individuals who wish to do them and their children harm. Pray that there would be policies enacted to protect and serve them, and that no new legislation would be passed that would either force them to leave their land, or abandon their chosen lifestyle of raising and herding animals.

All indigenous children
Pray that the Lord would strengthen and protect indigenous children all over the world, and that ...

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May 6, 2013

A New Method of Healing for a Wounded World

By Teo Ufford-Chase

On May 1, I attended another event on climate change and the environment entitled Aphrodite and the Landfill. The event was co-sponsored by several organizations, most notably the Temple of Understanding and the Committee of Religious NGOs at the UN. The speaker for the event was a woman named Trebbe Johnson, the founder of the organization Radical Joy for Hard Times. When I arrived at the event, I had certain expectations put in place by the first event I had attended on climate change about small island states. This event completely defied those expectations. I didn't ...

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