Why environmental justice?

As people of faith, we affirm our call to advocate for the responsible and just stewardship of God’s Creation as well as the just and equitable treatment of our neighbors. We affirm that neither is possible without the other, that justice for Creation cannot be achieved without fully addressing the environmental injustices impacting our neighbors and communities. Because of this, we believe that this call requires us to engage in faithful environmental action and policy change.

Justice is one of GIPL’s four Faith Principles. Low-income communities, people of color, the elderly, children, and other vulnerable populations disproportionately suffer the economic and health impacts of pollution and other environmental issues. Acting for environmental justice is a direct expression of our most central values as people of faith: caring for our neighbors and caring for the Earth.

Get Involved

We are looking for congregations interested in learning about environmental justice and partnering with us to work on local environmental concerns of interest to their community. Your congregation should consider getting involved if:

  • You are already working on or considering environmental justice/environmental health issues and could use more support.
  • You have a health ministry that would be interested in incorporating an environmental health initiative.
  • You have a sustainability initiative or green team that would be interested in adding or deepening a justice perspective in their work.
  • You want to learn more about environmental justice.
  • You want to sustain and expand your work to care for your neighbors and the creation we share!

Take Action!

You have the chance to give input on an environmental justice bill taking shape in the House right now. You can read more about the Environmental Justice for All Act and how to give feedback here.
The deadline for comments is January 24, 2020.
The Committee on Natural Resources will also be having a monthly stakeholder call on the bill for those who would like to join. Please fill out the following google form to RSVP.

Environmental Justice 101 Workshop

The Environmental Justice 101 workshop  aims to educate Georgia’s faith communities about environmental justice and to build capacity for them to address local environmental concerns that affect their neighborhoods, their cities, and their state. This workshop provides an introduction to environmental justice from a faith perspective and includes a brief walking tour of your neighborhood’s local environment. Contact us at info@gipl.org to bring the program to your community.