Faith and Climate News: Top Stories for the Week of Sept 9 – 15

By path2positive

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.

Congregation Wellness: Maintaining Mental Health During and After A Disaster

Throughout the country, news of Harvey, Irma and Jose has stirred concern. For those who have lived through the traumatic events of Harvey and are currently experiencing Irma’s reign, there may even be some panic, stress or sadness. This is because climate affects mental health. Continue reading on ecoAmerica’s Blessed Tomorrow blog.

Virginia Faith Leaders Gather in Protest Against Pipeline Projects

The Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley Pipeline projects are believed to be harmful to the environment and the Virginia community. Religious leaders in Roanoke are protesting. Read this article.

Communicating Compassion: Supporting Mental Health Before and After the Storm

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose have reawakened conversations on the connection between climate change and extreme weather.  And it’s relatively easy to find solid explainers on the science of how our warming world intensifies storms (this one and this one, for example).  But climate communication is about more than just sharing facts and potential solutions.Continue reading on the ecoAmerica blog.

Vermont Interfaith Power & Light Hosts a Conference to Address Climate Change

In Vermont, ecoAmerica partner Interfaith Power & Light will be hosting “Building Local Resilience - Inspiring Local Climate Action,” an open conference to address climate change. Find out how you can register.

Mental Health in the Community: Disaster Preparedness, Survival, and Resilience

Communities can come face to face with mental health issues during and after disasters. This is a reality that was made clear after Hurricane Katrina - when survivors showed signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Now, Harvey, Irma, and Jose have arrived and in places like Houston, evidence of mental instability can already be seen. Continue reading on ecoAmerica’s Path to Positive Communities blog.

Creation Care Letter from Salt Lake City

In this letter, Alan K. Jones speaks directly to Christians about their responsibility to care for God’s creation. It was one of God’s first instructions for man. But, how can Christians influence the rest of the county? Read the letter here.

 

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