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
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 posts from the blog series here.
Creation has evolved over billions of years and has formed ecosystems that contain both living and non-living components that interact as a unit. The late Dr. Eugene Odum, the father of modern ecology, taught at the University of Georgia where he developed the collaborative approach of systems ecology. Continue reading
GIPL is excited to announce a new initiative to share the stories of individuals who have been our partners, allies, and inspirations in this work of caring for creation. These “Creation Care Champions” have worked diligently in their communities drawing the connection between environmental concerns and their various faith traditions, revealing a common appreciation for the community of life, justice, stewardship, and awe. We hope that you are inspired by their stories and learn from their journeys.
Bobby Mclendon is a life-long member of The First Baptist Church of Blakely and continues to be a fierce protector of the environment in the sometimes hostile territory of South Georgia.
Decatur-area churches are coming together once again to offer this free community concert that celebrates Creation and our shared efforts to care for it. Co-hosted by Holy Trinity Episcopal Parish and its Green Team, this special event to be held on Saturday, September 30, is filled with spoken word and song so as to inspire reflection and action for the sake of the Earth and all inhabitants.
People of all ages from across the community are welcome to this free event to be held in the Nave of Holy Trinity Parish in Decatur. Talented students from Agnes Scott College, as well as folks from Decatur First UMC, First Baptist-Decatur and North Decatur Presbyterian churches, will be sharing their gift of music or spoken word.
Last year’s inaugural concert drew over 150 attendees enjoying over ten performances, including local singer/songwriters and acclaimed church choirs. The sanctuary was filled with the sounds of congregational song as well. This second annual gathering is sure to not disappoint. Come to be inspired and to sing along with new and old friends like!
GIPL has participated in two solarize campaigns in Georgia these last couple of years as a way to actively promote the accessibility and affordability of solar in our state. Solarize programs facilitate major savings by leveraging the power of bulk purchasing. Our next campaign, Solarize Dunwoody, has been organizing community citizens over the summer and will officially launch September 1. 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
This we know
We are the earth, through the plants and animals that nourish us.
We are the rains and the oceans that flow through our veins.
We are the breath of the forests of the land and the plants of the sea.
We are human animals, related to all other life as descendants of the firstborn cell.
We share with these kin a common history, written in our genes.
We share a common present, filled with uncertainty.
And we share a common future, as yet untold.
We humans are but one of thirty million species weaving the thin layer of life enveloping the world.
The stability of communities of living things depends upon this diversity.
Linked in that web, we are interconnected — using, cleansing, sharing, and replenishing the fundamental elements of life.
Our home, planet Earth, is finite; all life shares its resources and the energy from the sun, and therefore has limits to growth.
For the first time, we have touched those limits.
When we compromise the air, the water, the soil, and the variety of life, we steal from the endless future to serve the fleeting present.
This guest reflection was written by Fairyal Halim, a public speaker with the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta.
For Muslims, belief in one God/Allah is but one side of a coin where the other side is action. Belief to not be followed by action is an incomplete faith. Just like knowledge without application is incomplete, in the same way for Muslims: belief in Allah without the requisite accompanying actions is incomplete. When speaking of belief I’m not just talking about the practice that Muslims engage in like praying 5 times a day, or fasting during the month of Ramadan, but rather something that is more comprehensive. Something that encompasses all aspects of life on earth. Continue reading
The destruction of Creation for power and greed is the moral issue of all time. Clergy everywhere need to take a leadership role on this moral issue and educate and prepare their congregations to care for Creation. The moral underpinnings of society’s impact on Creation offer many avenues to explore and can form the basis of future liturgy. In the meantime, the destruction of Creation is being blurred by conservative politicians, special interests and ignored by the media.
As early as 1896, Arrhenius presented a paper on climate change, On the Influence of Carbonic Acid in the Air Upon the Temperature on the Ground. There was little follow up for more than a half century, until climate change was discussed publicly by President Johnson and others in the 1960s. During the 1970’s, Exxon Mobil (aka Exxon) conducted research on climate change and its potential impacts on the biosphere. By the 1980’s, the company recognized not only the deleterious effects from greenhouse gases on the planet, but also the deleterious effects on their future bottom line. At this point, Exxon chose deception over leadership and aggressively cast doubt on the science of climate change. Koch Industries joined the bandwagon in the 1990’s.
Solarize Decatur-DeKalb has selected a DeKalb County nonprofit organization as the recipient of a donated solar installation. GIPL has been a partner in the Solarize Decatur-DeKalb campaign, working to make solar more affordable and accessible.
As part of this successful Solarize campaign’s community solar program, Global Growers has been selected by the Solarize coalition to receive a solar array that will provide power to Bamboo Creek Farm, one of their farming locations in DeKalb County. Continue reading