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US $500 Million Investment in Green Climate Fund Applauded by Religious Communities

The State Department announced the second U.S. contribution of $500 million to the Green Climate Fund, an international multilateral fund that supports low-emission and resilient development in countries that are the most vulnerable to the unavoidable impacts of climate change. The Green Climate Fund was established to help countries that are least responsible for causing climate change, and least economically able to cope with it. The Green Climate Fund is accountable to a board with representatives from the U.S. government, and other donor and recipient governments. It includes high levels of transparency and accountability in its structure and governing principles to prevent corruption.

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Assets Pledged to Fossil Fuel Divestment Surpass $5 Trillion Says New Report

Map 1Commitments doubled over the past 15 months; global call for a clean energy economy continues to strengthen as a former top Mobil Oil executive and thousands of signatories join the DivestInvest movement

The scope of global fossil fuel divestment has doubled over the past 15 months, with institutions and individuals controlling $5.197 trillion in assets pledging to divest. The announcement comes on the first anniversary of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

“One year after the adoption of the historic Paris Climate Agreement, it’s clear the transition to a clean energy future is inevitable, beneficial and well underway, and that investors have a key role to play,” said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “I commend today’s announcement that a growing number of investors are backing a shift away from the most carbon intensive energy sources and into safe, sustainable energy. Investments in clean energy are the right thing to do — and the smart way to build prosperity for all, while protecting our planet and ensuring no one is left behind.”

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Christian Leaders Applaud Army Corps Denial of Easement for Pipeline on Standing Rock Sioux Land

At November 2016 clergy gathering at Standing Rock, with more than 530 participants, crowd conducts a ceremony to burn the Doctrine of Discovery. Photo credit: United Church of Christ The National Council of Churches of the Churches of Christ in the USA (NCC) and Creation Justice Ministries join in expressing their deep appreciation to President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers for the historic decision to not grant an easement for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) through the contested site in Standing Rock, North Dakota.

As previously planned, the DAPL would have transversed sovereign Sioux land considered by the Sioux to besacred, and has already damaged tribal burial grounds. DAPL would have been placed underneath the Missouri River, potentially polluting drinking water and endangering the health of millions downstream.

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Global Ministries’ Center for Mission Innovation Commissions First Class of Earthkeepers

Innaugural UMC Earthkeepers Class Commissioned by Global Board of MinistriesGlobal Ministries’ Center for Mission Innovation (CMI) held its first United Methodist Earthkeepers training, Nov. 15-19, and commissioning, Nov. 20. CMI is Global Ministries’ newest program area, now six months old. CMI is a forward-thinking, forward-leaning unit, cultivating a best-practice learning and innovation “laboratory” for re-envisioning and redefining 21st century mission practice in the church and in the wider world.“The Spirit is calling us to a place of wholeness, and the Earthkeepers are a great first step in participating in that mission movement,” said Denise Honeycutt, CMI’s executive director.

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Pacific Northwest and National Faith Leaders Call for Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion

Leaders cite biodiversity and reverence for God’s creation among top reasons for support

25 Christian leaders sent a letter to President Obama and Secretary Jewell urging them to “care for God’s creation with the reverence it merits, and expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument this year.”

The letter highlights the importance of biodiversity from a religious perspective, and expresses concern that a growing number of scientists report that a “patchwork of vital habitats and watersheds remain unprotected.” The letter goes on to say if these unprotected areas were to be harmed, “we could disrupt the wildlife safe-haven our communities have striven to create over the past 16 years.”

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