Les Miserables and Climate Change

by Alexei Laushkin “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent... Read more

EEN Supports Extreme Weather Resiliency Act

As part of our soon to be released All American Plan for Protecting Our Children’s Future, The Evangelical Environment Network strongly supports the THE STRONG ACT OF 2012: STRENGTHENING THE RESILIENCY OF OUR NATION ON THE GROUND introduced by Senators John Kerry (D-MA), Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Extreme weather events such as Superstorm Sandy and the 2012 summer drought will only continue in frequency in coming years the cost of which will be disproportionate on our children... Read more

Utter Stillness Rules These Woods

By Matthew Brown Like Frost’s snowy evening, only quieter. The horses under my hood will never question stopping here now, nor in these anonymous times would I have any idea whose woods these are or where his house is, if I did not know these woods were set aside. Utter stillness rules these woods; the silence is solid; darkness wells up in me as joy.  There is not a twig in motion.  Ragged bare battered tops of trees take their... Read more

Why I Support Wind Energy

by Alexei Laushkin Nearly one in six people in of the United States live in an area with unhealthful short-term levels of particle pollution. One in six. I was one of those one in six, growing up with moderate to severe asthma. I was hospitalized several times. My health was poor throughout my childhood and didn’t really show full significant improvement until after college. It’s something I learned to deal with, not to focus on. Yet the truth is I... Read more

Evangelicals Weigh In on Wind Energy

WASHINGTON, DC – Evangelicals from across the country are urging that Congress extend the Renewable Energy Tax Production Credit (aka “Wind Tax Credit”) during the fiscal cliff negotiations.  In a press call earlier today, evangelical leaders from the Good Steward Campaign and Evangelical Environmental Network outlined a national grassroots and media campaign to mobilize Christians on this issue.  The call featured Rev. Mitch Hescox, President & CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network, Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino... Read more

Christmas Seals & Potential

by Gary Bergel Emily Bissell introduced the Christmas Seal in the United States on this day in Delaware in 1907. Her cousin, a doctor working at an open-air sanatorium, enlisted Emily in the growing fight against tuberculosis (TB). The small sanatorium was in danger of closing for lack of funds. Emily had read about the sale of Christmas Seals in Denmark in 1904, an idea conceived by Danish postal worker Einar Holboll to help raise money for children with tuberculosis.... Read more

Physical Cliffs

by Kristen Hayes I volunteered for Pennsylvania State Representative Rick Mirabito’s re-election campaign this year and while making calls I heard a few people refer to themselves as Physical Conservatives and the impending Physical Cliff that we are all about to go over. I understood that they meant Fiscal Conservative and Fiscal Cliff, but it made me think about the environmental issues impacting our children’s health, specifically in Pennsylvania. Our children are heading over a Physical cliff, so why aren’t we discussing... Read more

Why Creation Care Means Sharing the Gospel

by Alexei Laushkin John Stott once asked if those who loved the creator would also be willing to share his one and only son Jesus Christ to a world in need. It’s always struck me that you can’t separate the works of a Christian from the spreading of the gospel. I’m a big fan of Billy Graham. His name has become synonymous with evangelism in evangelical culture. We are called to share the news of salvation to all and we create... Read more

The Unholy Trio

Two weeks ago, U2 lead singer Bono paid a visit to a packed auditorium at the World Bank. In an on-stage conversation with bank president Jim Yong Kim, Bono warned of “an ‘unholy trio’ of extreme poverty, extreme ideology and extreme climate” – which together threaten to stymie global efforts to alleviate poverty and human suffering. The Irish musician and activist is widely recognized for his advocacy for the poor in Africa. He has been nominated for the Nobel Peace... Read more

My Meeting with Brother Cal

By Mitch Hescox My wife had a co-worker walk into her area some time ago and proclaimed, “Christians are idiots!” Certainly, the claim smacked of prejudice, extremely poor taste, and perhaps even harassment as the colleague knows my wife’s faith.  Notwithstanding the negatives, part of me understands the comments and the damage many Christian brothers and sisters pile on those outside the Church with ideologies that go beyond what God intended.  We are called to be different – in the world... Read more
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