For many people the world over, climate change presents an existential crisis. Some fall back on faith to ground them in the face of climate change’s magnitude, even to guide them through it. For others, faith precludes an acceptance of climate change’s harsh realities. The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology has an incredible archive of articles on religion and climate change from 2009 to the present.


In recent years, a prominent narrative has positioned religiosity as antithetical to environmentalism and climate denialism has flourished in right-wing, white Christian communities. It has been effective -- according to a report in 2022, only 32% of white evangelical Protestants agree that the US is warming due to human activity compared with 66% of religiously unaffiliated adults. Politically prominent and powerful Christian interest groups, such as Focus on the Family and Family Research Council, have launched campaigns denouncing environmental movements. Despite the rhetoric from these groups, some researchers have argued that, it is the confluence of these religious movements with conservative American politics, which has determined their stance on climate change. In other words, for these folks, their political identity has affected their religious convictions as a driver of their environmental convictions. Indeed, there is support in some surveys for that opinion: for example, early in 2023, another Pew poll surveyed Catholics only to discover that 82% of Catholic Democrats take climate change extremely seriously whereas only 25% of Republican Catholics feel the same way. Another, in 2022, explored the conflict Christians feel as they try to sort out their sense of responsibility for the Earth with their skepticism about climate change.


Many people of Christian faiths have pushed back on the toxic narrative of denialism. Certainly recent popes have. In 2011, Pope Benedict XVI spoke strongly urging international climate action. In 2020, Pope Francis, gave a TED talk  on the moral imperative to act on climate change. Support for his call to action has been lukewarm at best. As the leader of 1.4 billion Catholics globally with one in four people in the U.S. identifying as Catholic, Pope Francis has recently pondered why getting people to care is so harder that he thought.


In this country, perhaps our most profound spokesperson to successfully marry faith with a deep understanding of climate change is Dr. Katharine Hayhoe. She is an evangelical Christian and leading climate scientist who has garnered substantial attention for her ability to bridge the political divide, clearly explaining the way that her faith has driven her work. Climate change, she argues, is a blatantly Christian cause because of the ways it will disproportionately affect the poor and cause the extinction of so many of God’s creatures.


Aligning faith with environmental stewardship is key for many in driving environmental action. The International Islamic Climate Change Symposium drafted an Islamic Declaration on Climate Change in 2015. The declaration makes clear the threat climate change poses to one of Islam’s pillars: the Hajj. A group of Jewish leaders published a Rabbinic Statement on the Climate Crisis in January 2020. In fact, statements on climate change have been released from a multitude of international and interfaith communities, including Baha’i, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. In early 2021, The Mind and Life Institute moderated a fascinating conversation between the Dalai Lama, Greta Thunberg and leading scientists.


For many indigenous communities, faith is a thread which runs through a resilient history and a pathway toward a sustainable future. The legacy of colonialism is vivid both in modern dynamics of faith and within the dynamics of the climate crisis. The struggle of Native communities to resist the Dakota Access Pipeline, is just one explicit example of this intersection. The rallying cry ‘Defend the Sacred’ was prominent in resistance to the pipeline and summarized a key legal argument that the pipeline violated the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s right to religious freedom. The integrity of Lake Oahe and surrounding areas, a site sacred to the tribes, would have been gravely threatened by the pipeline. Respect of indigenous spirituality and epistemologies, long subjected to colonialist erasure, is a key to combatting climate change and pursuing climate justice.   As of May 3, 2021, the Army Corps of Engineers announced it would keep the pipeline operational while preparing a court-ordered environmental impact study. It has, as of 6/1/2023, not yet been released. In the meantime, Harvard U reports that the pipeline still lacks a key permit from the Corps to cross under Lake Oahe in south Dakota.

The idea that religion and climate science are inherently opposing forces is myopic and harmful. On the contrary, faith is unquestionably sustaining and sustainable.

This section explores all the ways in which faith intersects with global warming.

The Pew Research Center is a valuable place to visit to follow the changing positions Americans take when it comes to climate change. A recent 2022 survey concluded that 8% of Americans are both highly religious and very concerned about climate change.

Don Cheadle Talks with Katharine Hayhoe: Faith & Climate Change


Even the Vatican is going all-electric after VW scores deal to replace entire fleet with EVs

By Peter Johnson 11/15/23
The Vatican City State, home to the Pope, will replace its entire fleet of vehicles with EVs by 2030. Volkswagen will deliver fully electric cars, including the ID.3 and ID.4, to the Vatican State to…
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The pope leads 1.4 billion Catholics. Getting them to care about the climate is harder than he thought.

By Whitney Bauck 10/23/23
If there’s one person in the Catholic Church who ought to have the ability to influence climate action on a global scale, it’s the pope. And yet as Laudate Deum, his most recent exhortation on…
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Q&A: The Pope’s New Document on Climate Change Is a ‘Throwdown’ Call for Action

By Paloma Beltran 10/21/23
PALOMA BELTRAN: In June 2015, Pope Francis published a groundbreaking document that made a theological case for climate action called Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. That fall, in a rare moment of…
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With his latest missive, he has moved from grief and exhortation to a more strident position

By David Wallace-Wells 10/11/23
In 2015, Pope Francis came out as an environmentalist, with his landmark encyclical Laudato Si, later called by Bill McKibben “the most important document yet of this millennium” and by Pankaj Mishra “arguably the most…
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By Pope Francis 10/09/23
1. “Praise God for all his creatures”. This was the message that Saint Francis of Assisi proclaimed by his life, his canticles and all his actions. In this way, he accepted the invitation of the…
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Pope Francis: ‘Irresponsible’ Western Lifestyles Push the World to ‘the Breaking Point’ on Climate

By James Bruggers 10/05/23
Taking aim at the United States and an “irresponsible lifestyle” with some of the world’s highest carbon emissions per capita, Pope Francis on Wednesday doubled down on his earlier call for urgent action to tackle…
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Pope Francis scolds U.S., ‘irresponsible’ Western lifestyle in climate plea

By Anthony Faiola and Chico Harlan 10/04/23
Warning that “the world in which we live is collapsing and may be nearing the breaking point,” Pope Francis issued a renewed call for climate action Wednesday, singling out the United States for “irresponsible” Western…
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The pope is concerned about climate change. How do U.S. Catholics feel about it?

By Jeff Diamant 09/28/23
Pope Francis has frequently spoken about climate change during his decade-long leadership of the Roman Catholic Church. In 2015, he devoted an entire encyclical to the matter, citing scientific consensus that the Earth is warming…
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Pope Francis and Bill Clinton set discussion on climate change at Clinton Global Initiative

By Glenn Gamboa 09/14/23
Pope Francis will discuss how to address the world's pressing issues with former President Bill Clinton to open this year's Clinton Global Initiative, organizers announced Thursday.
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How a South Carolina faith leader and a California congressman are fighting for environmental justice

By Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Rev. Leo Woodberry 08/31/23
From California to South Carolina, and across the globe, we are all bearing witness to the catastrophic impacts of the climate crisis. Unprecedented fires, devastating hurricanes, polluted air, debilitating droughts, and rising sea levels paint…
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Editorial: Climate action requires interfaith collaboration

By NCR Editorial Staff 08/23/23
As morning storm clouds cleared over Lake Michigan Aug. 17, leaders from more than a dozen Christian faith traditions gathered by the shore to sign an ecumenical declaration on care for creation. The event was…
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Guest column: I’m an evangelical Christian who believes Louisiana should do more on methane

By Jeannette Thompson 08/22/23
I go outside these days and immediately feel the sweltering heat. This summer has already shattered heat records across Louisiana. Baton Rouge had its hottest June on record. New Orleans’ June was its third hottest…
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Clinton Global Initiative will return to New York with Jose Andres, Orlando Bloom, and Matt Damon

By Glenn Gamboa   08/21/23  
The Clinton Global Initiative 2023 will convene “leaders, innovators and dreamers” – ranging from World Bank President Ajay Banga and The Bahamas’ Prime Minister Philip E. Davis to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, World Central Kitchen…
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Air pollution, heatwaves and wildfires: Jessica Moerman offers a faith-based response to the climate crisis

By Katharine Hayhoe   08/21/23  
The other week, a wildfire burned through the historic town of Lahaina with devastating speed as residents fled to the ocean for safety. To date, it’s responsible for the deaths of over 110 people, making…
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Fact Check-False Pope Francis quote about euthanizing to fight climate change

By Reuters Fact Check   08/04/23  
Pope Francis did not say that people with disabilities and alcoholism should be euthanized to fight climate change, contrary to posts shared online. The claim originated on a website fact-checked by Reuters several times in…
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Billions of federal dollars available for churches and nonprofits to go green

By Thomas Reese   07/26/23  
Billions of dollars in tax credits and grants are available from the U.S. government for churches and other nonprofits to help them become more energy efficient. The money comes primarily from the 2022 Inflation Reduction…
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Climate hero Mirele Goldsmith is making a difference on Capitol Hill

By Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi   07/25/23  
Climate hero Mirele B. Goldsmith, PhD is an environmental psychologist, educator, and activist. An expert in how to change human behavior to solve environmental problems and build a sustainable future, Dr. Goldsmith is the founder…
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How Buddhists Can Embrace the Degrowth Movement

By Justin Whitaker   07/07/23  
This week, on 3 July to be exact, scientists estimate that the Earth had its hottest day in recorded history. Then 4 July was hotter. And 5 July was hotter still. As the ocean temperature…
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A Future We Can Love: Susan Bauer-Wu Offers a Buddhist Perspective on the Climate Crisis

By Nachaya Campbell-Allen   06/23/23  
The Mind and Life Institute organized a live-streamed meeting and discussion between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the environmental activist Greta Thunberg on 10 January 2021, along with leading climate scientists Susan Natali and…
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At Catholic climate conference, Paris Agreement architect challenges US church to commit to net-zero emissions

By Brian Roewe   06/16/23  
Kicking off a conference aiming to ramp up action by the U.S. Catholic Church in response to Pope Francis' landmark encyclical on ecology, Christiana Figueres, the United Nations official who brokered the Paris Agreement, proposed…
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The Sacred Earth: Jewish Perspectives on Our Planet

What are the spiritual and practical resources that Jews bring to the urgent movement to heal Earth and ourselves? The Sacred Earth: Jewish Perspectives on our Planet, includes over 40 essays, rituals, and poems that…
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Spirituality, global warming, and grief: How clergy can help tackle climate anxiety

By Rebecca Randall   06/09/23  
Rabbi Dean Shapiro recalls considering the future as he looked down at a baby’s head while giving her a Hebrew name and welcoming her into the covenant of Israel. She was born into a megadrought…
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One pastor’s mission to prepare his community for climate change

By YCC Team   05/29/23  
Rev. Gerald Godette is a pastor and scientist. So he’s in a unique position to talk to people of faith about sea level rise, extreme weather, and other climate change impacts.
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Muslims around the world consider climate during Ramadan

By Edna Tarigan And Mariam Fam   04/17/23  
In the heart of Jakarta, the grand Istiqlal Mosque was built with a vision for it to stand for a thousand years. The mosque was conceived by Soekarno, Indonesia’s founding father, and was designed as…
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Calls for a ‘green’ Ramadan revive Islam’s long tradition of sustainability and care for the planet

By Noorzehra Zaidi   03/27/23  
The communal experience of iftars – the after-sunset meal that brings people of the faith together during the holy month starting on March 22, 2023 – often necessitates the use of utensils designed for mass…
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How 10 years of Pope Francis has changed climate action

By Aryn Baker   03/15/23  
It was clear from day one that Pope Francis was going to shake things up in the climate world. On March 13, 2013, the newly elected Pope, then Argentinian cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, took the…
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The Wizards of Climate Change: How Can Technology Serve Hope and Justice?

By RNS Press Release Distribution Service   03/08/23  
The Institute of Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) invites you to attend our 2023 summer conference, The Wizards of Climate Change: How Can Technology Serve Hope and Justice? Technological wizardry has been pitched…
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A Glimpse at Earth-Loving Faith Initiatives

By Arthur Hirsch   03/06/23  
“What we have to bring is a sense of morally based defiance,” says Harper, an Episcopal priest. “Destroying the planet is against our religions. Religious communities are uniquely positioned to do this, to bring the…
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Don’t overlook the faith in climate action

By Simran Jeet Singh   03/03/23  
In the midst of this unseasonably warm winter, I found myself repeating an easy joke during small talk before meetings. “Summer in February feels amazing — so long as you don’t think about why.”
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The Christian case for fighting climate change is being tested in Eastern Oregon

By Antonio Sierra   02/25/23  
Like many Christian stories, the origin of Climate Vigil began with an awakening. Peter Fargo, who founded the group, traces the idea back to the birth of his son in 2019. “There was something about…
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Could churches be prime locations for EV charging stations? One company thinks so.

By Amethyst Holmes   02/23/23  
As more drivers make the decision to switch from gas-powered cars to electric vehicles, places to power them remain few and far between in large parts of the country. And with the Inflation Reduction Act…
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Christian climate activist challenges church to take action

By Kathryn Post   02/17/23  
When Kyle Meyaard-Schaap was 17, his brother came home from a semester abroad and announced the unthinkable: He was a vegetarian.
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To reach critical audiences, we need more faith-based climate news

By Teresia Gitau   02/15/23  
There is an urgent need to train faith-based journalists and editors in reporting on the environment and climate challenges across the globe.
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Younger evangelicals in the U.S. are more concerned than their elders about climate change

By Michael Lipka and Others   12/07/22  
Young people around the world have been at the forefront of climate change protests, and in the United States, adults under 40 are considerably more likely than their elders to express concern about the issue…
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Religious Americans worried about climate change are diverse

By Ayurella Horn-Muller   12/05/22  
Highly religious Americans concerned about warming temperatures around the globe are racially and ethnically diverse, according to survey results from a recent Pew Research Center report. The big picture: While few very religious Americans say…
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Pew poll: 42% of religious Americans pray for the environment

By Kate Yoder   11/17/22  
Religious Americans overwhelmingly believe they have a duty to protect the Earth, according to a new poll from the Pew Research Center, with 80 percent saying God entrusted them with that responsibility. The survey also…
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Poll: Politics drives religious Americans’ views on the environment

By Yonat Shimron   11/17/22  
Many reasons have been suggested as to why highly religious Americans are less likely to be worried about climate change or work to try to stem it. But in the end, a new Pew Research…
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Religious groups’ views on climate change

By Becka A. Alper   11/17/22  
Most Americans say the Earth is getting warmer, including a narrow majority (53%) who say it is mostly because of human activity, such as burning fossil fuels. Most also view global climate change as an…
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‘It makes climate change real’: How carbon emissions got rebranded as ‘pollution’

By Kate Yoder   10/22/22  
What do you think of when you hear the word "pollution" — a city smothered in smog, a beach strewn with trash, factories pumping out dark clouds?
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Bible demands action on climate change, Evangelicals say in new report

By Jack Jenkins   08/30/22  
The National Association of Evangelicals has unveiled a sweeping report on global climate change, laying out what its authors call the “biblical basis” for environmental activism to help spur fellow evangelicals to address the planetary…
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Editorial: The Vatican acts on climate change, but US bishops dawdle

By NCR Editorial Staff   07/28/22  
Not a week after James Webb Space Telescope photos dazzled our eyes with the sparkling, cool colors of the universe, we were then confronted with the harsh, hot reality facing us here on planet Earth…
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Hallelujah, churches have seen the light

By Amy Westervelt   07/10/22  
The Presbyterian Church made a huge announcement this week: it will divest $4-$7 million from fossil fuels entirely. That includes removing its money from five oil companies: Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Marathon Petroleum, Phillips 66 and…
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Commissioners approve divestment from five energy companies

By Mike Ferguson   07/06/22  
By a 340-41 margin on Wednesday, commissioners to the 225th General Assembly voted to place five energy companies — Chevron, ExxonMobil, Marathon Petroleum, Phillips 66 and Valero Energy — on the General Assembly Divestment/Proscription List…
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Global faith institutions announce divestment as oil and gas companies threaten 1.5°c climate goal with reckless expansion plans

In a challenge to the fossil fuel industry’s dangerous expansion plans and increasingly empty rhetoric on climate, 35 faith institutions from seven countries today announced their divestment from fossil fuel companies. Organised by the World…
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A Christian Response to Climate Change: Q&A with Katharine Hayhoe and Sandra Richter

Climate change refers to long-term shifts in temperatures and weather patterns. These shifts may be natural, such as through variations in the solar cycle. But since the 1800s, human activities have been the main driver…
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Religious leaders urge banks to stop financing drivers of climate change

By Jake Spring   05/09/22  
Christian, Muslim and Jewish leaders joined United Nations officials on Monday in urging financial institutions to stop bankrolling activities that are driving climate change, including ending support for new fossil fuel projects.
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Virginia church ‘leading by example’ on climate action through solar, efficiency

By Elizabeth McGowan   03/23/22  
When the choir at Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ complained about overheating while harmonizing under incandescent lights more than 15 years ago, congregant John Overholt didn’t just empathize.
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Vatican Calls for a ‘Cultural Revolution’ to Fight Climate Change

By Angely Mercado   02/25/22  
The Vatican is once again trying to make climate action a key issue for Catholics, as it launches a program called the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, named after the Pope’s 2015 letter that framed protecting…
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New D.C. solar farm is response to Pope Francis’s call to care for Earth

By YCC Team   01/03/22  
Catholic sisters living in a convent in northeast Washington, D.C., used to look out their windows at a big, empty field. Now they gaze out at a solar farm that, in spring, will have flowers…
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Build Back Better: Evangelicals say now is not the time to turn our backs on climate investments

By Rev. Mitch Hescox and Dr. Jessica   01/02/22  
When it comes to clean energy and climate policy, Senator Joe Manchin has been a driving force and lead negotiator for many of the most consequential pieces of legislation passed by the US Congress –…
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Meet the ecologist who works for God and fights against grass

By Cara Buckley   12/07/21  
A Long Island couple say that fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity starts at home. Or rather, right outside your home in the suburbs.
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Indigenous and faith leaders urge Procter & Gamble to end logging of old-growth forests

By Diana Kruzman   11/09/21  
Mitchell Lands couldn’t make the trip south from Canada, where he lives on the traditional lands of the Migisi Sahgaigan, or Eagle Lake First Nation, in the province of Ontario. But Lands’ voice echoed in…
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Finding common ground between faith and science on climate change

By Pamela McCall and Elaine Clark   11/08/21  
In June, 90% of Utah was in “extreme drought.” Gov. Spencer Cox asked Utahns to cut back their water use — and to pray for rain. That drew ire on social media. Some said the…
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Caught between hope and despair on climate change

By Thomas Reese   11/04/21  
As world leaders meet in Glasgow, Scotland, I am depressed by the inability of nations to deal with the coming climate catastrophe. The fault is not entirely on the heads of world leaders. They are…
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As COP26 conference gathers, faith-based environmentalists fight ‘eco-grief’

By Elizabeth E. Evans   11/02/21  
There’s a word for climate disaster fatigue: It’s called “eco-grief.” As the United Nations Climate Conference (known as COP26) gathers world leaders in Glasgow, Scotland, over the next two weeks to discuss climate change, and…
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Faith groups increasingly join fight against climate change

By Luis Andres Henao And Jessie Wardarski   11/02/21  
On a boat ride along a bayou that shares the name of his Native American tribe, Donald Dardar points to a cross marking his ancestors’ south Louisiana burial ground — a place he fears will…
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Demonstrators Hold Multi-Faith Rally for Climate Change Action

By Ben Kern and WORT News Department   10/18/21  
Dozens gathered around the Wisconsin Capitol Building today for one mission: improving global climate health. The event, called Prayers for the Planet, was coordinated through Greenfaith — a worldwide, multi-faith coalition that seeks a better…
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‘Destroying the planet is against our religion,’ say Colorado Springs religious leaders at climate protest

By Debbie Kelley   10/18/21  
When religious leaders speak, people tend to listen. That’s why about 40 people representing different faith traditions gathered on the steps of Colorado Springs City Hall Friday to reiterate a theme common to the beliefs…
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Biden to Discuss Climate Change With Pope Francis at Vatican

By Justin Sink   10/14/21  
President Joe Biden is expected discuss the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change with Pope Francis at the Vatican later this month, ahead of international summits in Rome and Glasgow, Scotland.
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‘You are making the future today’, Pope tells youth climate activists

By Angelo Amante   09/29/21  
Pope Francis on Wednesday praised youth climate campaigners for their efforts to tackle global warming and encouraged them to carry on with their work "for the good of humanity". Thousands of young activists have converged…
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Baltimore is hooking up a Black megachurch with some serious solar battery power

By Maria Gallucci   09/14/21  
Empowerment Temple, a predominantly Black megachurch in Baltimore’s Park Heights area, is a place neighbors can often go for free meals, school supplies, and drive-thru COVID-19 tests. Soon, they’ll also be able to visit the…
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Christian leaders unite to issue stark warning over climate crisis

By Harriet Sherwood   09/07/21  
Archbishop of Canterbury, pope and leader of Orthodox church ask for people’s prayers ahead of Cop26
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