Creating Equitable, Environmentally-strong Communities

This summer GIPL launched a new initiative that seeks to best serve African American churches in Georgia. The hope is that GIPL can learn how these particular faith communities can inform and participate in the shared responsibility to steward the earth through their particular cultural and theological perspective. We are excited to announce that Valerie Hill Rawls has …

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Sightings from the Treehouse: Elements of Climate Change – Ice and Permafrost Loss

Sightings from the Treehouse is an investigative blog series on climate change and the environment, from GIPL’s Power Wise Director, Bob Donaghue. You can read the first, second, and third blogs here.  The most significant impacts of global warming are found in the polar regions, since temperatures are twice as high there compared to the global average temperature. Increasing …

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Sightings from the Treehouse: Elements of Climate Change – Rising Temperatures

Sightings from the Treehouse is an investigative blog series on climate change and the environment, from GIPL’s Power Wise Director, Bob Donaghue. You can read the first and second blogs here.  Join me on my journey to do a “deep dive” on climate change. I spent many years as an environmental scientist, but recently began to …

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Faith community stepping up on climate change

This guest column by Susan Varlamoff, GIPL Board Member and coauthor of ‘Laudato Si Action Plan’, was originally published in SaportaReport.  Nature abhors a vacuum. With the withdrawal of the United States from the Paris climate accord, there is a void in global leadership on climate change that others are willing and able to fill …

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Sightings from the Treehouse: Modern Day Book Burning

‘Sightings from the Treehouse’ is a new blog series on the environment from Power Wise Director, Bob Donaghue. See the first post, Fossil Fuel Industry Coup. The destruction of Creation for power and greed is the moral issue of all time. Clergy everywhere need to take a leadership role on this moral issue and educate and …

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Reflections on the People's Climate March

This reflection was originally shared on Beth Remmes’s blog Earth · Spirit · Action.  I often vacillate between the sacred and profane and my experience at the People’s Climate March was no exception. When the line-up came out for the march, I was so moved by the care and collaboration that went into the plan. I looked at it and thought that …

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Sightings from the Treehouse: Fossil Fuel Industry Coup

A new blog series on the environment from Power Wise Director, Bob Donaghue. After 45 years serving as an environmental scientist in local, state and federal government, it breaks my heart seeing where this country’s leadership is on environmental issues and ethics. There is a deep and pervasive force in our government that has as one …

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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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