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Climate Change and Food Security

By 2030, over one hundred million people could be pushed into extreme hunger due to climate change according to the World Bank. When climate change is discussed, conversation is often around rising sea levels and changes in weather patterns. However,…

Catholic Institutions Leading on Climate Solutions

At Monday’s  U.N. World Food Day Ceremony, Pope Francis received a standing ovation after calling on the world’s governments to take action on the interconnected issues of climate, hunger, and migration. “It is clear that wars and climatic change are a…

Ways We Can Combat Climate Change

You’ve heard it said, “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” When Mark Twain—who may have been quoting Charles Dudley Warner—popularized that saying in the 19th century, everyone just laughed. People thought there was nothing humans could…

Six Interfaith Creation Care Prayers

Creation care is more than an act of faith. It is a challenge to be pursued. Just like all of life’s challenges, our prayers can awaken our call to action, enhance our ability to follow through and improve our chances…

Before Disaster Strikes

“Violating the integrity of our relationship with creation is sinful. Our failure to serve as faithful caretakers of creation has local and global consequences. Our inability to share the abundance that God has entrusted to us has given rise to…

God’s Ecosystem: Everything is Connected

The ecosystem is a holier design than we know. God created us to remain in connection to each other and to the other living things that inhabit the Earth. It is grander than what decades of environmental research have uncovered.…

God’s Earth Impacted by Climate Change

Our Earth is a wondrous place, but it has been deeply affected by our actions as humans. Now, it is our responsibility to restore its beauty and strength. But to really help the Earth recover, we must all understand how…

Faith and Climate News: June 2-June 9

Every Friday, Blessed Tomorrow releases the top faith and climate stories from the previous week. This roundup highlights achievements in climate solutions and effective climate communications from and for people of faith. We feature helpful tips and strategies for you…

Faith and Climate News: May 26-June 2

Every Friday, Blessed Tomorrow releases the top faith and climate stories from the previous week. This roundup highlights achievements in climate solutions and effective climate communications from and for people of faith. We feature helpful tips and strategies for you…

Stories for the Week of April 28 – May 5

Every Friday, Blessed Tomorrow releases the top faith and climate stories from the previous week. We highlight achievements in climate solutions and effective climate communications from to people of faith. We feature helpful tips and strategies for you to implement…

The Power of Language in Climate Solutions

Language has the ability to guide cultures, advance leadership, or crumble societies, but words themselves are not inherently valuable. Their merit rests in the concepts that support them, which are subject to change depending on the time or setting of…

Local Climate Leadership Starts at the Pulpit

Your church, mosque, or synagogue may be small and far from Washington D.C., but it just became a vital component in climate solutions. As the tug of war between Trump and the climate rages on in our nation’s capital, faith communities…

A Prayer for Climate Reconciliation

In 1908, the inaugural Octave of Christian Unity was formed to nurture international Christian community building. By the 1930's the event had transformed into a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, offering a more inclusive invitation for Protestant congregations to…

Does Size Matter In Creation Care Leadership?

When we think of creation care leaders in the climate movement, we imagine Pope Francis orating before the U.S. House of Representatives, The Islamic Society of North America divesting from fossil fuels at COP22, or the African Methodist Episcopal Church…

We Need To Talk About America’s Moral Diversity

If the 2016 elections taught us anything, it's that America is more morally diverse than we had initially imagined (and that's putting it lightly). Despite 64 percent of Americans claiming to be worried about climate change, we elected a President…

Innovative Climate Media Makes Room For Faith

Climate communications are an ever evolving myriad of mediums and expressions. From major productions like the new film Before the Flood to distribution tools on social media, the way we talk about climate is changing not only in language but also…

Loving Our Neighbors, Loving God’s Creation

In today’s highly polarized world, and especially in this emotionally charged political season, it’s easy to break into separate camps, to lump people as “us” and “them.”  As a Christian, I believe that all people are created in God’s image.…

Does America Need Its Own Green Climate Fund?

As I wrote in a blog last month, the faith-based stewardship covenant and work of Tangier Island watermen and their families, inspired the landowners I worked with in Bedford County, Pennsylvania to take their own stewardship covenant. Their example inspired…

A Look Back On One Year With Laudato Si

On September 23rd, 2015, we stood at the window of ecoAmerica's office in the heart of our nation's capital overlooking St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C. waiting for Pope Francis' motorcade to arrive. A diverse community of Blessed Tomorrow leaders…

Muslims Remember Climate Refugees for Ramadan

In 610 CE, atop Mecca’s Mount Nur, Angel Jibril (Gabriel) commanded Prophet Muhammad (SAW) with one word: Iqra (recite or read). The event which became known as Laylat al-Qadr (the Night of Power), sparked the beginning of a prophecy that…

Faith Leaders Follow Through On Paris Agreement

As COP21 Paris closed this past December with a historic agreement between nations, its non-legally-binding measures conjuring feelings of uncertainty. Who would be accountable for 195 countries to hold rising global temperatures below 2 degrees Celsius? How would they achieve…

Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and the End of Lent

Today is good Friday, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Christian traditions around the world. In two days, Christians will honor Easter Sunday, honoring the resurrection of Jesus Christ, marking the end of Lent. The two holidays cap the…

Order Your Faith Climate Action Week Kit Today

Last week, we introduced you to the tremendous Interfaith Power and Light, Faith Climate Action Week, scheduled for April 15 -24. The national event is scheduled to be huge and the long time faith and climate advocacy organization has created…

U.S. Climate Concern Reaches New High

Concern over climate change has reached a new high this year with 65% of Americans expressing a “great deal” or “fair amount” of worry, according to the latest Gallup Poll. Attributed in large part to changing weather patterns, Americans are…

Get on the Bus in Chicago!

On April 21st (the day before Earth Day), people of faith, public health workers, clean energy advocates, and students will board a bus bound for Illinois' state capital, Springfield. Six buses will depart from various locations in Chicago, Illinois, including…

Faith Climate Action Week Goes ‘Beyond Paris’

It's that time of year again – when our Partner organization, Interfaith Power and Light hosts Faith Climate Action Week, April 15-24. The nine-day national initiative surrounding Earth Day (April 22) connects, inspires and motivates climate action within faith communities…

Faithful Acts Make A Difference

The faith community has rallied together with small businesses, concerned citizens, and local, state, and federal legislators to stop offshore drilling along the U.S.’ southeast coast. Today, those efforts bore fruit when President Obama announced that the Interior Department will…

Global Day of Prayer for Climate Action

April 5, 2016, will be a Day of Prayer for Climate Action designed to bring Christian communities together in their collective effort to find climate solutions around the world. Many of Blessed Tomorrow's partners and leadership circle will be participating…

5 Faith and Climate Communication Tools You Need to Know

Climate communications in faith communities have become one of the most important aspects of climate outreach in America. Faith guides people of faith to care for creation, but some narratives resonate better than others when promoting climate solutions. Climate Outreach,…

A Muslim Call to Climate Action

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) stated, “the earth is green and beautiful, and Allah has appointed you his stewards over it.” (Hadith – Muslim) The 1.6 billion Muslims around the world draw on the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) to assist in…

Lenten Carbon Fast Fosters Interfaith Solidarity

Christian Lent begins next week on February 10th and will last until Easter Sunday, March 27th, 2016. Through Biblical exegesis, Christians find guidance for the Lenten holiday in the Synoptic Gospels, motivating them to abandon particular behaviors for 40 days.…

Why Climate Change is a Race Issue

The drastic changes happening to our planet are not a direct result of race issues in America, but the impact of those changes on particular segments of society is related to our construction of race. Speaking on Michigan's recent water…

Faith Leaders Curb Food Waste Across America

The EPA reports that the average American throws away just over 1200 calories in food per day, contributing to issues of hunger and climate change. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy has developed many strategies to combat this unnecessary waste, turning recently…

Framing Climate Values in the Six Americas

In recent years, the discourse surrounding climate change has transitioned away from a political issue, and into a moral concern that faith leaders are taking head on. In Yale's new report, Faith, Morality and the Environment: Portraits of Global Warming’s…

5 Faith Traditions Speak on Climate

You've studied the scriptures of your faith tradition, and you understand quite well the moral imperative to care for creation. What about your fellow climate caretakers in faith traditions not your own? What are they taught about creation and how…

ecoAmerica’s 11 Biggest Milestones of 2015

  2015 was an incredible year for the climate movement, with leaders in every sector speaking out and demanding climate action. ecoAmerica (Blessed Tomorrow's parent company) continued to empower those leaders through summits, programs, and research designed to reinforce effective…

Does Your Climate Strategy Have a Human Element?

The earth will survive climate change. Our planet has spun through various degrees of ecological transition, with cold and warm periods altering its landscape. The current (human induced) change, however, is happening faster than ever before, and while the planet…

A Climate Quiz for Your Congregation

The Pew Research Center created a climate change quiz and unlike test from our childhood; this questionnaire required an unusual prerequisite – one for which little studying is required. The three question exam does not test an individual's knowledge of…

Is Climate Action a Leap of Faith for Americans?

A fire swept across the Jemez Mountains range four years ago, a blaze viewable from the home of Lutheran lay theologian and climate advocate, Larry Rasmussen. Destroying just over 150,000 acres of land, the climate-induced rampage was, perhaps, the most…

Waking Up To Climate Change: A Spiritual Rebirth

'Spirituality' has been described by every sage and prophet from Indian mystics to Jesus as the process of 'waking up.' For many, a personal investigation of the heart allows us to illuminate the social woes that confront our communities. Much…

71% of Americans Want Climate Solutions From COP21

Discussions surrounding the likelihood of success at this year's climate talks in Paris have varied depending on what news source you frequent. Regardless of the actual outcome, the progress we have made is monumental. The three largest contributors of carbon…

Will Eco-Theology Mend Our Rupture With God?

How does faith impact the climate discussion? As Dennis Patrick O’Hara, director of the Elliott Allen Institute for Theology and Ecology, shared, faith gives people a particular sense of power on an issue that can seem overwhelming. For many Americans,…

Is Your Temple the Living Word of God?

In Ephesians 2:21, Christians are taught, "In whom the whole structure,  joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord." What does this temple look like, and how does it represent the way in which followers of Jesus practice…

Indigenous Peoples Are Counting On UNFCCC

It has been just over a week since the attacks on Paris, and the world has changed. While my heart goes out to all those impacted by terrorism from Beirut to Baghdad, it is imperative to steady our course toward…

Is Science Enough to Garner Climate Support?

Scientists have been warning people for decades that climate change is a serious and pervasive threat to the prosperity of humankind. And while climate efforts of the past few decades are not to be forgotten, they simply have not been…

Why Are These Christians Hiking to Paris?

The cold winds of November aren't enough to stop Christians from marching to Paris for climate change awareness. Then again religious theorists would argue that a pilgrimage is intended to be just that, arduous for the sake of transformation. It…

‘Science Alone Cannot Save the Planet,’ But Faith Can

"Science alone cannot save the planet," shared  Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, the Orthodox Christian leader who spiritually guides 300 million people around the world. The 'Green Patriarch' met with the Archbishop of Canterbury in England this past week,…

Jane Goodall Discovers Climate Hope in Pope Francis

World-renowned primatologist, anthropologist and a United Nations Ambassador of Peace, Jane Goodall shared, "[Pope Francis] is absolutely amazing and he gives me more hope than almost anybody else alive at this time today." Praising his call to care for creation,…

Is Your Faith Facility an Energy Star? Learn How to Make it One!

Energy efficiency is the fastest, cheapest, and most resourceful solution for simultaneously saving your congregation  money and preventing greenhouse gas emissions. Recognizing the importance of progressing American faith facilities to reduce carbon emissions, the EPA has made facilitating this transition a…

6 Steps to Climate Action With Rabbi Warren Stone

Last week, Blessed Tomorrow was lucky enough to welcome Rabbi Warren Stone,  Co-Chair of the National Religious Coalition on Creation Care, at Coming Together in Faith on Climate. In the hallowed halls of Washington National Cathedral, Rabbi Stone illuminated his…

North Carolina Mosque Joins Solar Power Initiative

Last February, 6,000 Jordanian mosques adopted solar power in a joint effort to address the growing role of faith communities in climate action. Similarly, an American mosque has taken the call to climate action seriously by promising to install solar…

What Will Pope Francis Say to Congress?

Pope Francis has echoed what scientists have been saying for years, according to climate leader, Katharine Hayhoe. While the findings come from decades-long, carefully accumulated data, these details are not what compels the American public to act. Science may be…

Creation Care Gets Boost in Catholic Curriculum

“I’m not perfect, but I try to live sustainably as much as possible,” shared Brent Fernandez, a teacher of theology and science at Father Ryan High School, one of many Catholic schools incorporating Laudato Si into their academic curriculum. For…

When science doesn’t work, give ’em faith

For decades, climate scientists have remained puzzled by their inability to sway climate opinions. Was the data too confusing? Could they simplify it? Projected sea levels and global temperatures simply were not doing the trick. Atmospheric climate scientists, Katharine Hayhoe…

New Website Empowers Evangelical Climate Leaders

Climate Caretakers launched this week, offering a new voice in the growing movement of Evangelical Christians acting for the climate. Founded by a coalition of creation care organizations and colleges, including Blessed Tomorrow's partner Sojourners, the group represents a shift…

Money Matters, Even in Creation Care

Many faith facilities are trying hard just to keep the lights on (often the problem), making creation care initiatives something they intend for the future when things level out. As Ethics Daily writer and editor, Zach Dawes learned while suggesting…

Will You Bring Faith to the People’s Climate March?

In September 2014, 700,000 people took to the streets to demand climate action from government leaders during the People's Climate March. The astounding number of participants included UN officials, politicians, labor unions and faith leaders, uniting under a single banner…

Bill McKibben Turns Toward Faith Leaders for Climate Hope

Climate action hero, Bill Mckibben penned an article for the Boston Globe – a compelling look at the long history of climate action in Ameican religious traditions. Noting Blessed Tomorrow leaders, Mary Evalyn Tucker and Jim Antal, Mckibben's reflection dispells misinterpretations that…

Are Evangelical Christians Coming Around On Climate Change?

In Mark Stoll's investigation on the role of environmentalism in the Baptists tradition (or lack thereof), he focused on the cohort's wavered anti-environmental past. While his examples are compelling they remain oriented in the direction Stoll is facing; toward the past. However, when…

The People Get Their Pilgrim in Move Toward Climate Solution

Former Philippine climate change commissioner Naderev "Yeb" Saño began his 6 month pilgrimage to COP21 on Monday, with his first stop in Vanuatu, a region still recovering from climate change related disaster. After resigning from his government position, Saño joined Our Voices, an international coalition of interfaith works that are…

8 Climate Myths Debunked By Catholic Coalition

Myths surrounding climate change have become prevalent in today's discourse, giving skeptics a false sense of certainty in their rally against climate action. How do we discern fact from fiction in the climate debate? In anticipation of Pope Francis' climate Encyclical, Caritas Internationalis (A…

What If You Could Hear Climate Change?

Every effective communications strategy has symbols and climate change is not exempt from this tradition. They help us understand issues that often evade our comprehension due in part to the magnitude and complexity at which they operate. How do we understand the severity of melting…

Muslims Stamp Out Styrofoam for Ramadan

It's that time of year when Muslims around the world partake in the month long Islamic holiday of Ramadan. Every night, the daily fast is broken with Iftar, a gathering of people at mosque and homes around the world –…

Why Are Oil Executives Meeting With Pope Francis?

“We have to stop being defensive,” Total CEO Patrick Pouyanné said in regard to past climate irresponsibilities. His words mark what many are viewing as a necessary change in climate attitudes by those that arguably matter most in these discussions:…

People of Faith Rank in Top 10 American Climate Leaders

The environmental movement, with its origins in nation park conservation at the beginning of the 20th century, has taken many shapes over the decades. Following an onslaught of messaging campaigns and educational materials, the environmental movement has maintained its use of leadership…

Everyone is a Shareholder in God’s Creation

Dina Medland recently penned an article regarding a joint effort by the world's top corporations to reduce carbon emissions. Much of the language employed by Medland was an act to illuminate the similarities between running a business and supporting climate…

Closing the Climate Gap in the Catholic Church

According to a Pew Research poll, 61 percent of Hispanic Catholics agree that climate change is human-caused and should be addressed, while only 40 percent of white Catholics share a similar sentiment. Why is this? While Pope Francis' leadership has been critical in…

Stewardship Needs a Leader This Earth Day

April 22nd marks the 45th consecutive celebration of Earth Day. Once championed by the subset of 1960s counterculture, Earth Day has transformed into a global movement in which millions look for ways to care to for God's creation. Moreover, it…

Episcopalian Bishop Leads Church to Climate Action

Frank. Straightforward. Unrelenting. These are the words that best describe the climate communications of Episcopal Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori. Calling climate change denial a 'blind position,' Schori, a trained oceanographer, has used her ordainment to one of America's highest religious positions to…

Religious Groups Call on Pfizer to Act for the Climate

Religious leaders and organizations have joined forces to encourage Pfizer Pharmaceutical company to cut ties with climate change denier American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The coalition of almost 80 groups (religious and non-religious) cite ALEC's denial of climate change and opposition…

Announcing the 2015 MomentUs Leadership Summit, May 20-21

ecoAmerica is pleased to announce our 5th annual leadership summit. Path to Positive, the 2015 MomentUs Leadership Summit, is being held on May 20th and 21st, 2015 in Washington, DC.  The Path to Positive begins with the simple premise that the greatest obstacle to our nation…

Rabbi Finds Climate Motivation in Queen Esther

Scripture has, and always will be a source of malleable symbolism, offering motivation in the most unlikely of places. As Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein thumbed through the story of Queen Esther, he couldn't help but notice representations of our current climate concerns. Using the…

Water Day Prayer Sparks Global Effort

Unsafe drinking water kills 5,000 children around the world, every day. Climate change has contributed to this atrocity through increased droughts that limit access to clean drinking water. While this number may seem like too much for the heart to…

Green Faith is Certifying Churches – Is Your Church Eco-Friendly?

Worship facilities across the US are signing up for Green Faith's certification program that designates churches, synagogues and mosque as being eco-friendly facilities. While the two-year intensive program might seem difficult for most, Grace Episcopal Church in Silver Spring obtained an eco friendly facility in a more…

This Lent, Why Not a Carbon Fast?

This Wednesday marked the beginning of the season of Lent in the Christian tradition. As you may know, Lent, which lasts for 40 days until Easter Sunday on April 5th, is a time of reflection and discipline when many Christians…