Putting the Pope's Words Into Action

GIPL embarked on a new partnership with the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta as funded through a special grant earlier this year. This partnership supports a new initiative to help Catholic parishes and parochial schools embrace energy efficiency and water conservation in response to Pope Francis’ encyclical – Laudato Si. In 2016, the Archdiocese published The …

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Responding to Hurricane Matthew

In the wake of another extreme weather event, we again ask ourselves: What can we do? How will we respond? The effects of climate change on seasonal weather events are clear, and will only intensify. The human suffering caused by Hurricane Matthew is a glimpse of what the future will bring. These realities are frightening, …

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COP 21 and The Search for Common Ground

In his work, The Search for Common Ground, writer, philosopher, and mystic Howard Thurman probes biology, psychology, religion, and even political philosophy trying to understand the origins of community. One of his most intriguing insights may be found in a chapter titled “The Search in the Prophet’s Dream.” He writes, “Community as it is experienced in …

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Solar Surges in Georgia as COP21 Makes Climate History

Photo credit: Benoit Tessier / Reuters GIPL joins with faith groups everywhere in hopeful celebration of the historic climate agreement made this weekend in Paris at COP 21. Representatives from 195 nations signed a pact that holds them to reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. Though much more needs to be done, it is a huge step …

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GIPL in the News: Shining Light Into Dark Places

Hannukah has begun for our Jewish brothers and sisters, as has Advent for our Christian ones. And Mawlid al-Nabi, the observation of Muhammad’s birth, is coming soon for our Muslim brothers and sisters. All of these holy days, in their own way, remind us that light comes into dark places. Photo credit: Emma Cassidy, Survival …

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GIPL Joins the Atlanta Climate March

Photo credit: Norah Silva Just two days ago, close to 700 people gathered in Atlanta’s streets for the Atlanta Climate March to walk the streets toward the National Center for Civil & Human Rights, raising a unified voice in support of a productive and hopeful Climate Conference in Paris. This global day of action included almost one million …

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Clean Power Plan—Our Support Continues

This week, hundreds gathered at the offices of the Environmental Protection Agency in downtown Atlanta to share their support (or disdain) for the Clean Power Plan – a rule GIPL has been advocating as a way to reduce carbon pollution as emitted by our country’s greatest offenders – coal-fired power plants. GIPL’s founder, Rev. Woody …

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Moving Forward with the Clean Power Plan

GIPL has been showing its support for the EPA’s Clean Power Plan since word of it first appeared a couple years ago. The plan is designed to curb greenhouse gas emissions from the nation’s top polluters – power plants – by regulating the C02 emitted from these power generators. This rule is in support of …

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An Encyclical-Inspired Climate Action Plan for Atlanta's Archdiocese

The Catholic Archbishop of Atlanta is issuing a climate action plan in response to Pope Francis’s historic encyclical. Susan Varlamoff, GIPL board member and director of UGA’s Office of Environmental Studies, is helping to lead the panel that will create the plan. Varlamoff shares her thoughts on why this project is important for the Catholic church, for …

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Faithful Conversations About the Science of Climate: Dr. Marshall Shepherd

You get in an elevator with one other person, and the doors close. Your elevator-riding companion turns to you and says, “You’ve got until the 40th floor to convince me that climate change is real.” What do you say? While this is an unlikely scenario, it does make you think — how do we engage in meaningful …

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Pope Francis’ Climate Change Talking Points

A great recap of Pope Francis’ messages about climate change during his visit to the U.S. last week, and ways we as people of faith can continue and propagate that message moving forward. Written by Jessie Dye, Program and Outreach Director of Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light for Sightline Daily. Maybe you heard? Pope Francis was making the rounds …

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Driving on Ice

“Wacky weather” does not do justice to the strange things happening around the planet. Two recent ice storms in the southeastern US dangerously disrupted the entire region. England has wide-spread flooding from bigger rains than have been recorded in centuries. (Thankfully, nobody there seems to be using the “biblical proportions” line that cropped up with Colorado’s …

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