This past Sunday, we welcomed over 125 participants at our first annual Green Team Summit. We’re celebrating that at least 57 congregations were represented at the event! We were inspired by the Keynote Presentation by Veronica Kyle and the many workshop leaders who covered engaging topics on sustainability. We are grateful to The Temple for hosting us and the Rothschild Social Justice Institute. We are convinced this was the perfect way to launch GIPL’s 15th Anniversary this year! Plans are underway for the 2019 Green Team Summit, and we hope you’ll join us.
The shortest day of the year has just given us the longest-running nightmare of an energy project here in Georgia. On this Winter Solstice, the Public Service Commission voted unanimously to continue the Plant Vogtle nuclear project despite billiions of dollars over budget and years behind schedule.
During this time of growing uncertainty, as climate catastrophe looms, and the inequality and dysfunction of social and political systems are exposed, it is more important than ever to be in a supportive community which inspires creativity, courage, and collective action. Continue reading
MESSAGE By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the UNFCCC COP-23 Session (Bonn, Germany, November 6-17, 2017)
The 23rd session of the United Nations Conference of the Parties on Climate Change provides occasion to recall with introspection and reflect with integrity on the state of our world, but also on where we have come and where we are headed as a global community, especially in light of the urgent call of the Paris Agreement. Continue reading
Sightings from the Treehouse is an investigative blog series on climate change and the environment, from GIPL’s Power Wise Director Bob Donaghue. You can read all the blogs from the series here.
Is there a comprehensive, strategic approach to reverse or stall climate change? Not according to Paul Hawken, author, entrepreneur, and environmentalist. The author of Ecology of Commerce and Blessed Unrest and a coauthor of Natural Capitalism has recently edited a book containing a compilation of over 100 strategies to reverse global warming. Continue reading
Advocating for God’s Creation often requires wading through some thick jargon and decoding strings of acronyms that only an environmental policy maker could love. Jargon busters to the rescue! From time to time, we’ll “bust” some of this jargon to make your advocacy work a little easier. Let us know if you encounter words or acronyms that need some busting!
CCR (Coal Combustion Residuals)
No, this doesn’t have anything to do with the legendary rock band, but sometimes CCR (Coal Combustion Residuals) is indeed rolling down the river. Continue reading
Scottish mountaineer and author, W.H. Murray, wrote “The moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.”
This has been true for me at various times in my life, but the most powerful example of the Divine rushing in occurred this past fall. During the weekend of September 8th-10th, I went to the Rowe Center in Massachusetts for a workshop with Joanna Macy. I had studied her writings and framework for The Work That Reconnects for the last six years, and was so grateful to have the opportunity to learn directly from her.
Towards the end of the workshop, there was an opportunity to share our intentions for going forth. There was not time to hear from everyone, but I was one of the lucky few who was selected to share how I planned to “commit myself.” I declared that I wanted to teach The Work That Reconnects in faith communities. I was on the Education Committee at Georgia Interfaith Power and Light and was on the Unity Worldwide Ministries EarthCare Team, so it seemed that this was an accessible and powerful audience.
Within two weeks of arriving back in Georgia, I met an amazing woman who would help this dream become a reality. Continue reading
Guest blog entry written by Brian Webb, Executive Director of Climate Caretakers. Climate Caretakers is a global community of Christians committed to prayer and action on climate change.
Although environmental issues have become highly polarized in recent years, some of the earliest political leaders of the environmental movement were Republicans. In fact, one of the most important steps in protecting God’s creation came when U.S. President Richard Nixon authorized the creation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Since it’s creation in 1970, the EPA has played a critical role in cleaning up toxic waste, banning the use of DDT, restoring clean waterways, regulating air pollution and acid rain, removing lead from gasoline, addressing the health dangers of secondhand smoke, restoring the ozone layer, holding companies accountable for environmental pollution, and much more. These actions not only benefit the natural environment, but have saved untold numbers of lives by protecting the air, water, and land that God created for us to rely on. In addition, the EPA serves as one of the most important climate change research bodies in the world. Continue reading
Last Wednesday, GIPL friends joined over 175 Georgians at the State Capitol for a day of advocacy on behalf of our state’s precious waterways and for all those whose lives depend on clean, safe water across Georgia. Capitol Conservation Day, held annually by the Georgia Water Coalition (GWC), is an opportunity to tell our state representatives and senators that we value water for our families, our economy, our health, all of creation and future generations. Continue reading
Reflection written by The Rev. Dcn. Leeann Culbreath, GIPL Outreach Coordinator for South & Coastal Georgia.
“All politics is local,” the saying goes. While this is only partially true, it’s important wisdom as the national political scene stirs up multiple controversies daily. Many of us, including me, are spending more time than ever in front of screens and on phones responding to sweeping changes on the national landscape. This is important and needed work, but we might end up missing the trees for the forest.
Or rather, we might miss new opportunities to protect clean water in Georgia amid a sea of global uncertainty.
In recent weeks, state and local leaders have made important strides to protect our communities, especially communities in South Georgia, from coal ash pollution. Coal ash is the toxic byproduct ofcoal burned for electricity and contains arsenic, mercury, lead, radioactive elements and over a dozen other heavy metals. These toxins can contribute to cancer, neurological problems, birth defects, and other health issues.
For decades, coal ash has piled up in unlined “ponds” or lagoons near Georgia’s waterways, wells, and communities, and above our pristine aquifer, the drinking water source for many Georgians. Continue reading