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Press Clips

New State Report Recommends Banning Toxic Flame Retardants

The Washington Toxics Coalition explains how the Department of Ecology cites health concerns and availability of safer alternatives in a new report on flame retardants – further proof that these toxic chemicals don’t belong in our homes!  January 29, 2015 Washington Toxics Coalition  (Seattle, WA) A…
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Lummi Nation Requests Denial of Coal Export Permit

The Lummi Nation has requested that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deny permits for proposed coal export facility at Cherry Point. The tribe cites severe impact to treaty fishing rights, as well as their cultural and spiritual ways of life. January 5, 2014 Lummi Indian…
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Salmon ground is holy ground

Lutheran Bishop Martin Wells’ OpEd regarding the Columbia River Treaty, which outlines the moral and ethical issues at stake in modernizing the Treaty, as well as key principles that must be addressed in its renegotiation.  Rev. Martin Wells High Country News December 30, 2014  As bishop of…
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Gov. Inslee Issues Draft Fish Consumption Rule on First Day of Session

Governor Inslee kicked off the Legislative Session with a step towards improved water quality: a fish consumption rule. This rule precedes and complements the Toxic Reduction Act that he is expected to introduce. Randi Abrams-Caras, one of Earth Ministry’s partners at the Washington State Toxics Coalition, discusses the bill and…
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Five drivers of the 2015 legislative session: Ed funding, transportation, new taxes, carbon, pay raises

By Brad Shannon The Olympian January 11, 2015  Washington state lawmakers begin a 105-day legislative session Monday, and the biggest political fights could seem familiar to voters. The unknowns are solutions that can pass both chambers of a divided Legislature. Even before the November election narrowed the…
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Discipleship as Divestment in Fossil Fuels

Cynthia Moe-Lobeda encourages the religious organizations of Cascadia to lead the way in divestment from fossil fuels. As we see climate change disrupt Earth’s web of life and disproportionately impact vulnerable populations, “never before in Christian history have the stakes in heeding our call to neighbor-love been so high.”…
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Take Back Your Time: Celebration of St. Francis with John De Graaf

Earth Ministry was proud to host author and international speaker John de Graaf for our 20th annual Celebration of St. Francis. John, co-author of Affluenza and What’s the Economy For, Anyway?, made the case that Americans work too much and consume too much, and that…
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Praying with Our Feet at the People's Climate March

A reflection on the People’s Climate March by Earth Ministry Outreach Coordinator, Jessica Zimmerle. Originally published on Earth Ministry’s Blog, To Inspire and Mobilize October 10, 2014  Dear friends, All of creation is suffering from the injustices of climate change. Unfortunately, increased natural disasters, droughts, and extreme weather…
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Build an Ark for Animals: Churches Go Green

Peace Lutheran Church of West Seattle, one of Earth Ministry’s newest Greening Congregations, has put their faith into action by building a raft to provide a safe space for seals. Huffington Post Brenda Peterson October 3, 2014  An urgent ding of a neighbor’s text — not a…
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Standing with Faith Communities at the People's Climate March

LVC alumni and previous Outreach Coordinator, Betsy Cannon, reflects on her experience participating in the People’s Climate March with Earth Ministry and Interfaith Power & Light. She joined Executive Director LeeAnne Beres and current Outreach Coordinator Jessica Zimmerle to march for climate action with 400,000 others in…
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