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Statement on Waters of the United States Proposed Rule from the Evangelical Environmental Network

Passed in 1972 and strengthened during the Reagan years, the Clean Water Act put America on the right track in defending our waters for supplying drinking water systems, agriculture, industry, and recreation. However, a number of court decisions and Congressional inaction have "muddied the waters" by thwarting our ability to protect what are known as "headwaters," or the beginnings of our streams and rivers, as well as many wetlands. What was once easily defined during the Reagan Administration now is a total mess of confusion, inaction, and failure.

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Work in a nonpartisan way to protect world

Work in a nonpartisan way to protect worldIt's time for a new future.

So I've a message for Governor-elect Tom Wolf, Senators Casey and Toomey, Congressman Scott Perry, state Sen. Wagner and Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill and the rest of our elected leaders in every city, borough and township, it's time to work together.

But it's not just up to you; it's up to us all.

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Fair Trade and Faith

October is the host month of World Food Day, Halloween, and, this year, Yom Kippur and Diwali. But you may not know that it's also the month for a movement of awareness and promotion for Fair Trade. Fair Trade Month, which began in 2003, celebrates the individuals who sew, craft, and grow the goods we use, and encourages their fair and just compensation. 

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Thoughts from the Garden on World Food Day

World Food DayI’m a recent transplant. Three months ago, we packed up our family’s life in Decatur, Georgia to try out a new chapter of life in St. Simons Island, Georgia. I left behind a place that was brimming with diversity, farmers’ markets, walkable neighborhoods, and a pulsing heart for sustainability. Or maybe it was just that this is how I view the Decatur that I left – I arrived a cradle Presbyterian, steeped in the stories of scripture but with more questions than I had answers. It was in the heart of downtown Decatur that my own heart was transformed. After hearing from many local environmental experts of the harsh and real consequences of humanity’s footprint on our world, I began a roller coaster of a journey that led me straight to an urban farm.

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Faith Leaders & Clergy Gathering to Talk Climate in Atlanta

Years of Living Dangerously - The Complete Showtime SeriesOn Thursday, September 25,  GIPL will co-sponsor an event at North Avenue Presbyterian Church in Atlanta that brings together 30 to 50 key clergy and faith leaders from the Atlanta area to share a meal, dialogue, pray, and explore the issue of climate change from a Christian perspective. As part of this gathering, attendees will screen an episode of Years of Living Dangerously, a cinematic documentary series produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

In the episode, dubbed "The Preacher's Daughter," climate activist Anna Jane Joyner is on a mission: convince her father Rick Joyner, a megachurch pastor from Charlotte, NC, and climate change skeptic, that global warming is happening. Their story is an intimate, thought-provoking look into the tensions over this issue in many southern, evangelical families, communities, and congregations. 

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Rev. Jordan Thrasher's Clean Power Plan testimony

Rev. Jordan ThrasherGood afternoon, my name is Rev. Jordan Thrasher and I am an elder in the United Methodist Church. At the outset, I want it to be clear from my testimony that I am in favor of reducing carbon emissions from power plants, and so am in favor of the EPAs Carbon Reduction Standards.

I am here because I have been asked to bear witness to my faith, which I believe is intricately and intimately intertwined with creation. The blight of climate change has affected us all in extreme weather events but it particularly effects the poor with higher rates of respiratory illness and other diseases because of their proximity to power plants that spread carbon into the air. Power plants that are our largest culprit of pollution in our country.

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