Congregations Challenge Members to Address Climate Change

The National Council of Churches (NCC) Eco-Justice Program challenges “congregations to take action to address climate change” on the Sundays surrounding Earth Day 2008.

By maintaining that they are helping the poor first and foremost, the NCC is still staying out of controversy, but is at the same time recognizing the important role that faith plays in motivating the populous. An interesting stance has been taken, reckoning climate change to many of the issues that many of the Evangelical-right would rather consider before environmental protection.

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“A climatologist with the National Center for Atmospheric Research suggested that as the tropics dry out large numbers of displaced poor would head north to the United States, compounding the immigration issues of today,” says Phyllis Strupp, chair of the leadership team of the Episcopal Ecological Network.

Through her personal contacts and researches with the Nature and Spirituality Program of the Diocese of Arizona, Strupp has learned of the dire effects of climate change in the southwestern desert. Dry has become drier, and summer and autumn storms more severe with concentrated rainfall, she notes, adding that the homeless and elderly poor are particularly susceptible to weather related illness and death.

While the NCC is still treading carefully, we applaud their efforts to bring climate change to the forefront of their congregations’ minds, no matter how they go about it!

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Al Gore Launches Urgent Campaign for Environment

It seems that the sense of urgency that must be applied to environmental protection is finally catching on. While the phenomenon of global warming is finally becoming a widely-accepted theory, prominent environmental leaders, namely former Vice-President Al Gore, have decided to capitalize on the public’s ever-growing concern for the environment. Thankfully, the debate no longer rests on whether or not climate change exists, but has instead been switched to finding the best ways to slow or stop it.

One of the first leaders in environmentalism, Al Gore launched a three-year, multimillion-dollar advocacy campaign today calling for the U.S. to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

The Alliance for Climate Protection’s campaign, commonly called “we,” will combine advertising, online organizing, and partnerships with grass-roots groups to educate the public about global warming and urge solutions from elected officials.

The campaign aims to cast the climate-change movement in the same light as other great historic endeavors, in the hopes that it will urge citizens to take action into their own hands, to really “be a part of something.”

Particular accolades from Borrowed Earth go out to the Alliance’s commitment to partnering with various pre-existing grassroots organizations such as the Earth Day Network, The National Audubon Society, and Girl Scouts of America.

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For full campaign information visit http://www.wecansolveit.org/.