Faith and Climate News: Top Stories for the Week of Nov 11 – 17

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.

Leaders Take Up the ‘Faith Mantle’ for Climate Action

Stepping away from the science of climate change can bring to light the many issues embedded in our society’s infrastructure. Revealing these problems is one of the many things that leaders accomplished at the 2017 American Climate Leadership Summit (ACLS). Although the summit attracted cross-sector participation, leaders of faith were abundant at the event and there strongest messages were shared on day two during the ‘Faith Mantle.’ Continue reading on the Blessed Tomorrow blog.

New Community Garden in Little Rock

Arkansas Interfaith Power and Light is starting a community garden and education program for the residents of Little Rock. The new garden is being funded with a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Read more about it here.

Divinity Students at Yale Aim for a Waste-Free Living  

The student ecology group at Yale’s School of Divinity, FERNS, is taking a new approach to climate action. So, what happens when people eliminate waste altogether? Read this article.  

Let’s Lead Case Study: Florida BRACEs

This week, ecoAmerica is spotlighting Florida’s BRACE program, based at Florida State University, which is building resilience against current and future climate impacts. Continue reading on the ecoAmerica blog.

Catholic Climate Covenant Writes a Letter to the President

Catholic Climate Covenant is following their faith’s commitment to creation care. Understanding that this work requires input from national leaders, Catholic Climate Covenant has requested three things from the Trump Administration. Read the letter.

Have COP23 Negotiations Brought More Faith Groups to the Paris Agreement?

In Bonn, Germany, COP23 is coming to a close, but not without commitments from more than 200 faith groups. Overall, faith groups at COP23 are “pro-climate action.” Read about their ‘We’re Still In.’ pledge and more in this Washington Examiner article.

ecoAmerica Lanches Path to Positive Utah

On November 14th, ecoAmerica, in partnership with Utah Clean Energy, hosted a ceremony for the launch of Path to Positive Utah in Salt Lake City. There, Utah’s business, government, faith, higher education and civic leaders gathered to sign a climate leadership declaration. Read the press release here.

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