in Action" highlights
environmental initiatives from 50+ faith groups
Bee Morehead, Director of Texas InterFaith Power & Light
Suzii Paynter, Director, Texas Baptist Christian
The gift of an oak tree renewed interest in environmental stewardship.
Recycling bins were among the first steps taken to raise congregational awareness.
Recycled paper also serves as a fund raiser.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 26, 2008:
For More Information:
CONTACT: Donna Hoffman, 512-477-1729 or 512-299-5776
Bee Moorehead, 512-472-3903 or 512-636-3135 Suzii Paynter, 512-789-5702 or 512-473-2288
Sierra Club Releases National Faith Appreciation Report
Texas Religious Organizations taking Leap of Faith for the Environment
"Faith in Action" highlights environmental
initiatives from 50+ faith groups nationwide
(Austin, TX) - Highlighting one exceptional faith-based environmental initiative from each of the fifty states, the Sierra Club has released its first ever national faith appreciation report, "Faith
in Action: Communities of Faith Bring Hope
for the Planet." The report illustrates the growing momentum of the "creation care" movement and recognizes local leaders.
"This report demonstrates that the call to care for the earth comes no matter what one's faith background is," said Ken Kramer with the Lone
Star Chapter of the Sierra Club. "We are inspired by the faith community's leadership in working to protect the planet, and this report is our way of saying 'thank you' to the many people of faith working on creation care initiatives across the country."
Faith Appreciation Report is a project of the Sierra Club's Environmental Partnerships Program, which works actively with faith groups around the United States to broaden support for environmental protection.
"We are excited by the opportunity to recognize these phenomenal efforts, and hope that this report will further encourage people of faith by illuminating a broad array of successful models of environmental engagement," said Kramer.
In Texas, the faith community has focused on global warming solutions through clean energy efforts.
"It takes quite a leap of faith to see Texas as a national leader in global warming solutions," said Bee Moorehead, Director of Texas InterFaith Power and Light. "But if there's anything Texas has plenty of, it's faith-from Protestant evangelical fervor to contemplative Catholic spirituality to Eastern mysticism and beyond. And in growing numbers, communities of faith across Texas are moving by leaps and bounds to respond to the moral imperative of global warming."
Communities of faith in Texas from one end of the political spectrum to the other came out strong preferring clean renewable power over coal-fired power. Some of their actions included:
. The Texas Christian Life Commission the largest Baptist
organization in Texas, is educating congregations about
creation care and is also calling for a moratorium on
building new coal-fired power plants to reduce health
risks. This organization is featured in the Sierra Club's
recently released report.