At times, climate change can feel overwhelming, but that isn't stopping faith groups who are taking minor steps toward major change. The Huffington Post recently asked a number 'civic ecology stewards' why they think small environmental restoration projects are important on all levels; particularly when conducted by faith communities.
Among the group was Veronica Kyle of Chicago's Faith in Place and Drew University professor of sociology of religion and environmental studies, Laurel Kearns. Kearns shared, 'Religions have shared value systems that incorporate justice, caring for one's neighbor, and caring for God's creation.'
Kearns words have never been more accurate as faith leaders of all backgrounds are taking the lead on climate action. For ways to start your own stewardship project, visit Blessed Tomorrow.
Last week I assembled a group of nature "do-gooders" at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center in Annapolis MD. And I asked them what difference their well-intended actions really make.
First off, you might want to know who these do-gooders are. One is Veronica Kyle of Faith in Place in Chicago, who links stories of African-American migration to migration of the monarch butterfly, and inspires folks to plant milkweed in public spaces to "welcome home" the butterflies. Another is Robert Hughes, who for 20 years has spurred people in his native eastern Pennsylvania coalfields to plant trees along stream corridors, clean up illegally dumped trash, create community gardens at historic mining sites, restore trout fisheries, and otherwise reclaim communities impacted by coal mining and poverty.