We expect clean air and water to be plentiful. They are, after all, fundamental parts of God’s great creation. But the threats we pose to our planet and its resources are scientifically undeniable. We humans have proven to be careless in our treatment of the environment, frighteningly efficient in its destruction. And, as in so many cases, the burden for our actions falls disproportionately on the poor. The coal ash spill in the Dan River has drawn international attention in recent weeks. Coal has for years been burned at a Duke Energy power plant in Eden, and the residual ash had been dumped into a holding pond nearby. […]
“The seemingly simple action of communicating with your elected representative is powerful, vastly underrated, and accessible to all.” In October our executive director, Susannah Tuttle, was featured in the Indy Weekly, speaking about her efforts to forge ties between environmentally conscious faith leaders and conservative legislators. Since then, Susannah has been encouraging people of faith to meet with our legislators, to build relationships and share our faith voice on the importance of our quality of life for generations to come. In February, Faith Street published an article by the Friends Committee for National Legislation (FCNL). In it, they also […]
Joe Wainio begins his wonderful article on TruthOut, “Climate change activists should look to North Carolina for lessons on how to build a broad and diverse movement powerful enough to challenge the corrupt status quo on several fronts. Single-issue organizing won’t do.” To make a difference in our current political climate takes massive numbers of people, and so far the environmental movement has not drawn the numbers and diversity needed. In the article, he captures what we have been building in our North Carolina “Forward Together Movement.” He concludes, That’s the significance of what is happening in North Carolina. […]
“We feel the faith community’s ability to fundamentally shift the foundation is under-appreciated and under-utilized. At its heart, we’re asking the faith community to express first, explicitly, primarily, or exclusively, their moral authority as the reason for action on climate disruption. By doing so, the reasons for any specific legislative or regulatory actions on climate is strengthened at its foundation. In a political environment lacking bipartisan acceptance of the climate reality, such proposals are like seeds tossed onto rocks or shallow soil.
"The faith community is the best gardener for cultivating the ground for deep soil. The faith community is the best messenger on the moral call, as it is grounded in care for others and creation, and not self interest. The faith community has the best instrument: the moral message on climate disruption has consistently polled as the most efficacious and resonant to inspire action.
"Conservatives, progressives, and environmentalists have told me that this is a most appropriate role for the faith community. Some have gone so far as to say the best thing they can do to support this effort is to stay away, so as not to compromise the faith community’s ability to reach across partisan lines. Ought not the faith community embrace this role fully?”
From Jose Arguto, Friends Committee on National Legislation
Climate Change Evidence & Causes Overview is a jointly produced publication of The US National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society. Written by a UK-US team of leading climate scientists and reviewed by climate scientists and others, the publication is intended as a brief, readable reference document for decision makers, policy makers, educators, and other individuals seeking authoritative information on the some of the questions that continue to be asked. Climate Change Evidence & Causes Overview makes clear what is well-established and where understanding is still developing. It echoes and builds upon the long history of climate-related work from […]
Please join local food leaders, community members, and keynote speaker Jeffrey Smith in this education event about the dangers of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food we are eating and what people can do to avoid them in their diet.
Wednesday, Jan. 15 at the Durham Amory, 220 Foster Street.
6:00 pm Food Trucks
6:00 pm Community Education Fair and Networking
6:30 pm Program Speakers
Introduction by Bernard Obie, Abanitu Organics: GMOs – A Top Food Safety Priority for our Community
yh Patt, University of Maryland: Report on the Pesticide Ban in El Salvador
6:45 pm Featured Speaker Jeffrey Smith: The Dangers of GMOs in Our Food
8:00 pm Questions and Answers
8:30pm Book and DVD Signing with Jeffrey Smith
REGISTER for the event here.
Jeffrey M. Smith, international leading spokesperson on the health and environmental dangers of GMOs, is the director and producer of the award-winning documentary film, Genetic Roulette: The Gamble of Our Lives, and author of “Seeds of Deception,” the world’s bestselling and #1 rated book on the health dangers GMOs. Smith has spoken about the dangers of GMOs in 37 countries, has been featured in many network television news shows, and appeared twice on Dr. Oz.
Event is sponsored by the Institute for Responsible Technology and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.
Today I picked these peppers due to early freezing temperatures in North Carolina. Although each pepper could’ve lived longer on the vine if the weather wasn’t so dangerous… I was mindful with each pluck that all food is a blessing… I wished I could be sharing with all those desperate for food in the Philippines.
The Moral Journey from Independence to Interdependence:
Reflections from Earth Sabbath Celebration facilitator, Nancy Hardy. Burning fossil fuels is a faith issue, as was slavery. Read more here.