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No Innocents in Battle for Environmental Sustainability
No Innocents in Battle for Environmental Sustainability

By: Sam Harrell
Our planet has a limited amount of resources. At some point, demand will outstrip supply. Instead of blaming others, we must realize we're all culpable and must work together to achieve sustainability.

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Unsustainable Living: A High Price for Cheap Choices
Unsustainable Living: A High Price for Cheap Choices
By: Hannah Cribb
Our lifestyles contribute to global systems. Many of us know and understand global inequality and are aware that we are contributing to climate change, but our behaviors don't change.
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Will Disregard for Environment Lead to Destruction?
Will Disregard for Environment Lead to Destruction?
Our road of conspicuous consumption is leading to destruction. We must recognize the path we're on so we can preserve the wealth of our planet and not leave a barren desert for posterity.
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"Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit"
We live in a global economy where we affect people in poor lands as directly as we affect the poor within our own country – and we are unaware of our culpability. Will we repent?
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Our Future Depends Upon Practicing Sustainability
Our Future Depends Upon Practicing Sustainability
To achieve sustainability, we must overturn and find alternatives to our basic economic assumptions. Pretending our dire situation will somehow work out does no good.
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Cruise Ship's Misery Mirrors Earth's Plight
Cruise Ship's Misery Mirrors Earth's Plight
After Triumph lost electricity, it didn't take long for trash and waste to pile up, leaving portions of the cruise ship unsanitary and uninhabitable. Why do we think the Earth is different?
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Climate Change Theology: From Mitigation to Adaptation
Climate Change Theology: From Mitigation to Adaptation

Our theology on climate change has focused on mitigation - reducing the problem's severity. Perhaps we must shift to adaptation. How we will change to the new reality of a warmer world?

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Will Sandy's Havoc Lead Us to Care for the Earth?
Will Sandy's Havoc Lead Us to Care for the Earth?
Countless lives were shattered by Hurricane Sandy. As we clean up after the storm, we should also clean up the way we live and begin nurturing the planet.
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British Churches: Government's Energy Bill Falls Short
British Churches: Government's Energy Bill Falls Short
The British government's energy bill as drafted sets the U.K. up for failure in meeting its carbon targets, warned four denominations, including the Baptist Union of Great Britain.
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Sustainability – An Issue All of Us Must Solve
Sustainability – An Issue All of Us Must Solve
Sustainability is one of our most important issues, but many of us are apathetic because we feel powerless. It's time for all of us to think differently and create solutions.
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Baptist Calls Christians to Think about Environment Through Trinity
Baptist Calls Christians to Think about Environment Through Trinity
As more people are becoming victims of environmental degradation, can Christians stop the exploitation and injustice? Perhaps looking at the Trinity holds the answer.
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Rio Summit Disappoints British Denominations
Rio Summit Disappoints British Denominations
The environmental summit in Rio de Janeiro was disappointing because it largely repeated previous pledges instead of moving forward, say three British denominations.
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BWA to Participate in U.N. Conference in Rio
BWA to Participate in U.N. Conference in Rio
The Baptist World Alliance will co-sponsor an event during a U.N. conference that will examine the role of religious and educational groups in addressing environmental sustainability.
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Small Churches, Can You Sustain New Programs?
Small Churches, Can You Sustain New Programs?
Small churches may be eager to launch new programs or ministries, but they need to ask an important question before they do. Can we sustain it?
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Arab Baptist Theological Seminary Goes Green
Arab Baptist Theological Seminary Goes Green
A new solar heating system installed at Arab Baptist Theological Seminary will reduce the school's financial costs and show its commitment to being good stewards.
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Marina Silva: A Missionary for Care of Creation
Marina Silva: A Missionary for Care of Creation
Marina Silva, a Brazilian environmentalist and politician, is a committed Christian who puts the long-term future of the planet and its inhabitants ahead of short-term financial gain.
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Fecal Bacteria in Jordan River Speaks to Fickle Commitment to Earth Care
Fecal Bacteria in Jordan River Speaks to Fickle Commitment to Earth Care
Who would have imagined that one of the world's most holy rivers would be so defiled that an environmental group would call for a halt to baptisms there for health reasons? The Jordan River isn't what we think it is.
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Finding Common Ground on Climate Change
Finding Common Ground on Climate Change
The debate over global warming will never be won because many focus on personal beliefs rather than the data. Perhaps if we rally around the issue of sustainability we can move forward.
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NASA: 2000s Was Hottest Decade on Record
NASA: 2000s Was Hottest Decade on Record
A new study from NASA reports that 2009 is tied as the second warmest year since modern recording began in 1880 and that 2000-09 was the hottest decade on record.
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Beyond Copenhagen: Keep Pressure On For Fair Deal
Beyond Copenhagen: Keep Pressure On For Fair Deal
While Copenhagen yielded a weak deal for our commitment to climate control, it's still another step on the road. In this new year, we must keep the pressure on for a plan that's fair, ambitious and binding.
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Climate Change Won't Be Slowed by Our Denials
Climate Change Won't Be Slowed by Our Denials
People hesitate to argue with a mechanic over the best way to fix an engine or with a surgeon over the best way to replace a hip. Why do so many have no hesitation to dismiss scientists about climate change?
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Christian Coalition Goes Green, Supports Climate Change Legislation
Christian Coalition Goes Green, Supports Climate Change Legislation
The Christian Coalition joined the National Wildlife Federation in urging the U.S. Senate to pass a bill that will address constructively climate change. The Coalition's commitment to addressing climate change is a ray of hope.
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A Perfect Fit: Aligning Justice, Peace and Creation
A Perfect Fit: Aligning Justice, Peace and Creation
The year 1990 is significant in the emergence of a Christian response to the environmental crisis. That's when the World Convocation on Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation issued the Seoul Declaration.
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Baptist Editor Sees Civility in Climate Change Letter to British PM
Baptist Editor Sees Civility in Climate Change Letter to British PM
BMS World Mission's letter to Prime Minister Gordon Brown was a refreshing change of pace. Too many Christians engage in an adversarial tone when they enter the political arena.
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BMS to Gordon Brown: Remember Poor at Climate Forum
BMS to Gordon Brown: Remember Poor at Climate Forum
BMS World Mission penned an open letter to Great Britain's prime minister, Gordon Brown, asking him to speak up for the interests of the world's poor at December's climate conference in Copenhagen.
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Don't Let Rhetoric Rule: Ensure Climate-Change Justice
Don't Let Rhetoric Rule: Ensure Climate-Change Justice
A different kind of health-care legislation is facing Congress. Climate-change legislation will ensure our planet's health, but will Christians step up to make sure the poor aren't burdened?
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Republican Senator Graham Supports Climate Change Bill, Breaks with SBC
Republican Senator Graham Supports Climate Change Bill, Breaks with SBC
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham broke with fellow Southern Baptists once again when he joined Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) to urge a bipartisan effort to support climate change legislation.
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Responsible Corporations Split from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Responsible Corporations Split from U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Is the Chamber of Commerce's agenda on climate change antithetical to the public good? More American corporations are abandoning the chamber and opposing its stance on global warming.
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Ambitious Senate Climate Change Bill Introduced
Ambitious Senate Climate Change Bill Introduced
Two U.S. senators introduced ambitious legislation designed to reduce carbon emissions and stop global warming. With moderate Democrats offering doubts, the bill faces poor prospects of being passed soon.
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Greenest Christian Denominations in America: An Exclusive Ranking?
Greenest Christian Denominations in America: An Exclusive Ranking?
Newsweek devoted a year to rank the nation's greenest corporations. If corporate America can be ranked on a green scale, should denominations be ranked on a green scale, too?
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Hot Topics Make Up 'Sweet Justice' Series
Hot Topics Make Up 'Sweet Justice' Series
Some churches fear controversy, but not Second Baptist of Little Rock, Ark. Their Sweet Justice series tackled hot-button issues and offered first steps on how to get involved.
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House Reps Pass Historic Climate Legislation by Slim Margin
House Reps Pass Historic Climate Legislation by Slim Margin
Members of the U.S. House narrowly passed unprecedented climate legislation, which was endorsed by more than 140 Baptist leaders. The bill still needs approval from the Senate before going to President Obama.
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Biblical Literalism, Free-Market Ideology and Anti-Science Are Political Trinity
Biblical Literalism, Free-Market Ideology and Anti-Science Are Political Trinity
Global-warming denier Rep. Paul Broun is among the evangelical Christian politicians who adhere to a trinity of biblical literalism, free-market ideology and hostility toward science that endangers the common good.
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Baptist Leaders Endorse 'American Clean Energy and Security Act'
Baptist Leaders Endorse 'American Clean Energy and Security Act'
More than 140 Baptist leaders from across the country signed a Baptist Center for Ethics letter to lawmakers endorsing the "American Clean Energy and Security Act."
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Global Warming a Problem? 70 Percent of Americans Say 'Yes'
Global Warming a Problem? 70 Percent of Americans Say 'Yes'
Americans who are alarmed, concerned or cautious about global warming make up 70 percent of the population, a new study said. Those in the dismissive group are the most likely to be evangelical Christians or Baptists.
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Report: Big Oil Purchases Advertising to 'Greenwash' Its Image
Report: Big Oil Purchases Advertising to 'Greenwash' Its Image
Big oil companies used green ad campaigns to bolster their image and blunt public criticism at a time when soaring gasoline prices were devastating household budgets and contributing to job losses, according to a recent analysis.
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Southern Baptists Dragging Feet on Urgent Global-Warming Issues
Southern Baptists Dragging Feet on Urgent Global-Warming Issues
While some younger Southern Baptists are ready to climb on board the environmental bandwagon, they are still dragging their feet – just as their elders did on the race issue.
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Carbon Capture Policy Will Lead to Carbon Dioxide Increase
Carbon Capture Policy Will Lead to Carbon Dioxide Increase
A prominent Baptist campaigner says the British government's decision to launch four coal-fired power stations will increase carbon dioxide emissions at the very time they need to decline.
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Supporting House Climate Bill Gives Concreteness to Moral Imperatives
Supporting House Climate Bill Gives Concreteness to Moral Imperatives
An imperfect bill should not sideline people of faith from supporting "The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009." We must not allow the tyranny of moral perfectionism to block the urgency of moral realism.
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Sweeping Energy Bill Passes House Committee Along Party Lines
Sweeping Energy Bill Passes House Committee Along Party Lines
The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted largely along party lines to pass the American Clean Energy and Security Act. The bill's success is far from certain as it will face scrutiny before a vote by the House.
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Report to the Faith Community from Three Days with Al Gore
Report to the Faith Community from Three Days with Al Gore
The message from the chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was clear: The poorest everywhere are the ones most at risk to the impacts of climate change. Will Christians be part of the solution?
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Global-Warming Bill's Prospects Dim as House Democrats Waver
Global-Warming Bill's Prospects Dim as House Democrats Waver
Enacting meaningful climate-change legislation isn't easy, even when a newspaper report and testimony from Al Gore help the case. A House bill may be diluted because Dems from industrial and coal-producing states are balking.
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Green Movement Gradually Blossoms in Local Churches
Green Movement Gradually Blossoms in Local Churches
While the green movement is still taking root at many churches, some congregations are taking steps to be more faithful stewards of God's creation, from reducing their use of foam products to cleaning up a nearby park.
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Environmental Groups, Churches Explore Ways to Team Up
Environmental Groups, Churches Explore Ways to Team Up
Environmental organizations, such as the National Wildlife Federation, the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club, are reaching out to churches and faith-based organizations for partnerships on issues of environmental stewardship.
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Deniers Create Doubt to Fend Off Science of Climate Change
Deniers Create Doubt to Fend Off Science of Climate Change
Without science on her side, a Tennessee congresswoman had only one course to perpetuate the pathetic pattern of doubt creation about global warming: question Al Gore's integrity.
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Study: Climate-Change Lobbyists Gain Influence as Numbers Grow
Study: Climate-Change Lobbyists Gain Influence as Numbers Grow
Lobbying for climate change has become a high-stakes issue in the last five years, a new study finds. The number of lobbyists has more than tripled to 2,340 – more than four times the members of Congress.
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Sen. Inhofe Lists Creationists as Prominent Scientists in Global Warming Report
Sen. Inhofe Lists Creationists as Prominent Scientists in Global Warming Report
Sen. Inhofe's report lists more than "700 dissenting scientists" who dispute man-made global warming. One "scientist" is actually a TV weatherman with no college degree. One wonders how many others are without credentials.
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Why the Environment Should Top Christians' Agenda
Why the Environment Should Top Christians' Agenda
The scientific evidence of climate change is no longer disputable. As disciples of Christ we cannot close our eyes to the facts. If we do not act, we will be complicit in the starvation, poverty and injustice that results.
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Fundamentalists Wage War on Science, Climate Change Facts
Fundamentalists Wage War on Science, Climate Change Facts
A Southern Baptist Convention official repeated yet again his claim that the earth was cooling. If he were alone, one could dismiss his comment as another half-baked claim.
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British Mission Group to Offset Carbon Emissions
British Mission Group to Offset Carbon Emissions
BMS World Mission has set out on what it calls a “journey” to become carbon-neutral in its impact with a target timeline of three years.
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Garden Imagery Finds Expression in Church Project
Garden Imagery Finds Expression in Church Project
At Central Baptist Church here in Lexington, we are hoping for a re-discovery of this ancient, yet new practice of pooling our resources, time and talent by creating and managing a community garden on our own property.
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Church Leaders Criticise EU over Climate Plan Weakness
Church Leaders Criticise EU over Climate Plan Weakness
The European Union's plans for tackling climate change are inadequate, and the UK Government should take a lead in revising them, according to Church leaders in this country.
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Money, Morality at Stake in Mountaintop-Removal Mining
Money, Morality at Stake in Mountaintop-Removal Mining
There is a growing realization that one source of coal—mountaintop-removal mining—is especially destructive, and there is a growing conviction that stopping that practice is something that cannot wait.
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Chuck Colson Claims the Earth Is Cooling
Chuck Colson Claims the Earth Is Cooling
Chuck Colson, the former Watergate felon who is now a Baptist author and speaker, recently misrepresented evidence about global warming and even suggested that global cooling was occurring.
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Environmentalists Must Understand Thanksgiving
We ought to give contemporary environmentalists a little slack for misreading Psalm 50.
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Stimulus Package Has ‘Green’ Hue
Stimulus Package Has ‘Green’ Hue
The symbolism was obvious: President Obama went to the rooftop—the roof of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Colorado, with its solar panels for heat—before he signed the $787 billion economic stimulus package into law Tuesday.
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What’s the Truth about ‘Clean’ Coal?
What’s the Truth about ‘Clean’ Coal?
What is demanded from people of faith is doubt--doubt about claims of “clean” coal, doubt about the veracity of the coal industry’s environmental commitment.
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The Green Bible
The Green Bible

The Bible is God's green book, staking out the divine imperative for earth care. EthicsDaily.com's mini-site, TheGreenBible.org, warehouses articles and videos about the environment, global warming and creation care.

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