Faith and Climate News: Top Stories for the Week of July 28 – Aug 4

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 to implement in your faith community and stories to inspire everyone.

We’ll also let you know about upcoming events in the faith and climate community. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to catch the news as it happens.

A Small-Town Church Keeps 386 Tons of CO2 from Polluting the Air

In Candler, NC, Piney Mountain United Methodist Church is a small congregation with big aspirations for climate solutions. With the help of grant money and true dedication to creation care, this church saved North Carolinians from breathing over 380 tons of carbon dioxide. Read the article.

Religious Communities Advocate for Rainforest Conservation to Help Climate

Rainforests are believed to be a natural carbon trapper. For this reason, faith organizations in all areas of the country are working to see how access to rainforests correlates with environmental justice. Frances Seymour of the World Resources Institute has the story.

Have Faith Leaders become Better Climate Advocates in the Trump Era?

Since President Donald Trump exited the Paris Climate Agreement, local governments, NGO and faith communities have been inspired to step up to the plate. How far does their environmentalism go? Read this article from The Economist.

ecoAmerica Launches Local Climate Engagement Programs with Two New Partners

Teaming up with National League of Cities and Local Government Commission – ecoAmerica’s Path to Positive Communities program aims to tackle climate change at the local government level. Read more here.

A New Survey Names Climate Change as One of the Leading National Security Concerns

Pew Research worked with over 40,000 respondents in 38 countries to understand people’s views on climate change. They discovered that people are just as fearful of the impacts of climate change as they are of ISIS. In some areas, like Canada and Latin America, climate change is the number one threat to security. Read more from Pew.

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