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The following Press Clips highlight the work of Earth Ministry or include quotes from our staff and members. For press-related issues, please write emoffice (at) earthministry.org or call 206-632-2426.

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Preach-In will amplify President Obama’s call for strong action on climate change

Jan 23, 2013 In his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama confirmed that we are commanded by God to care for the planet. “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” he said. Clergy from many faiths across Washington State will take up that call Feb. 8-10 during the National Preach-In on climate change.
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Legislature passes landmark legislation to transition Washington off polluting coal-fired power

Apr 21, 2011 OLYMPIA – Today, the Washington State Legislature put its final stamp of approval on a plan to responsibly transition TransAlta Corp.’s Centralia, Wash., power plant off of coal. The state Senate approved technical changes made in the House and sent the Coal-Free Future for Washington bill to Gov. Chris Gregoire for her much-anticipated signature.
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House approves landmark legislation to transition Washington off polluting coal-fired power

Apr 11, 2011 OLYMPIA – The state House of Representatives today approved the Coal-Free Future for Washington bill to responsibly transition TransAlta Corp.’s Centralia, Wash., power plant off of coal. This landmark legislation – representing an historic agreement between Washington environmental leaders, TransAlta, unions and Gov. Chris Gregoire – now goes back to the Senate, which approved an earlier version of the bill last month, for final passage.
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Historic agreement reached to phase out coal-burning in Washington

Mar 05, 2011 OLYMPIA – Today, major environmental organizations in Washington reached an historic agreement with the TransAlta Corp. and Governor Gregoire to phase out coal-fired power generation in Washington. The agreement reflects all three parties’ shared vision of a coal-free future for Washington, has the support of local labor organizations, and will provide a model for the nation of how investing in the transition to a clean-energy future can create jobs and a healthy economy.
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Legislation to reduce coal pollution, protect our families’ health and strengthen economy introduced in House Environmental Priority bill would hasten end of coal-fired power in Washington

Feb 03, 2011 OLYMPIA – A bill introduced Thursday in the state House will protect Washington families from the harmful health effects of burning coal for electricity and help build the economy of the community now hosting the state’s lone coal-burning power plant.
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Press Clips

Op Ed: Monuments nurture our inner well-being

Rev. W. Thomas Soeldner The Spokesman Review July 5, 2014 As a hiker, outdoorsman and retired pastor, I am committed to protecting the wild and scenic places in the natural world found in our national monuments.
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Op Ed: Fund the great outdoors

Rev. John LaMunyon Sammamish Review December 18, 2013 For many of us, these winter months mark a season of gratitude for the gifts and blessings of life. One gift that seems to slip beneath our radar time and again is the gift of creation. Washington is well known for aerospace, e-commerce, and tech development, but our true wealth is in our wilderness areas. We must ensure this gift will be preserved for our children and our children’s children.
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Wesley United’s Green House of God

By Jane Gargas Yakima Herald-Republic June 08, 2013 They take spreading the light of the world seriously. As well as sharing it. Wesley United Methodist Church has gone solar. Eight solar panels have been installed on the church roof and will be dedicated Sunday.
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Davis congregation gets environmental award

By Enterprise staff The Davis Enterprise March 24, 2013 Davis United Methodist Church was honored earlier this month by Earth Ministry for its environmental stewardship and status as Earth Ministry’s Greening Congregation of the Month for September 2012. Jessie Dye of Earth Ministry, a national environmental organization with headquarters in Seattle, presented the church with a banner during the church’s worship service.
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Flame retardant bill still sparks legislative debate

By John Stang Crosscut March 19, 2013 Two versions of a bill to ban toxic chemicals from children's items are in play in the Washington Senate. And Washington's business lobbyists aren't happy with either one.
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