The shooting at African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina coincided with last week's unveil of Pope Francis' climate encyclical. Our hearts go out to those affected by the shooting, and we would like to take a moment to recognize the tremendous impact victim Rev. Clementa Pinckney had on the creation care movement.

Finding a connection with nature dating back to his ancestors, Rev. Pinckney found the South Carolina landscape to be inextricably linked to his Christian theology. He even made a series of videos for Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, which stressed the importance of caring for God's creation.

Thank you Rev. Pinckney for being a climate leader, and may God rest your beautiful soul.


In Memory of a Creation Care Champion: SACE Mourns the Loss of Sen. Clementa Pinckney 

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy offers our condolences to all those affected by the tragic massacre at Charleston, South Carolina’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church on Wednesday night.

One person killed that night was Reverend and State Senator Clementa Pinckney who worked with the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in 2006 to produce the South Carolina segment in our Treasured Places in Peril video series.

Rev. Pinckney spoke eloquently about the importance of caring for creation and working within nature, particularly in South Carolina’s Lowcountry whose people and culture (including the Gullah people) face a range of impacts from pollution and climate change.

To watch the full video including his interview clips, click here. To request a copy of this video, contact SACE.

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