Press Room

The following Press Clips highlight the work of Earth Ministry or include quotes from our staff and members.

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Interfaith Statement on Washington's Clean Air Rule

Earth Ministry/WAIPL Executive Director LeeAnne Beres and ten other religious leaders recently met with Governor Jay Inslee to discuss how we can combat climate change in Washington. These faith leaders, representing Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Sikh traditions, have since released a short statement in support for…
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Grays Harbor: "First oil hearing garners large opposition"

People power dominated the first public hearing on the proposed oil holding facilities in Grays Harbor County. Earth Ministry staff and members attended this hearing to represent moral concerns about the poor stewardship of these dangerous projects. Outreach Coordinator, Jessica Zimmerle, is quoted below. By Kyle Mittan The…
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Officials hear overwhelming opposition to crude terminals

An account of Aberdeen’s public hearing on proposed oil holding facilities at which community members raised their voices against these dirty and dangerous projects. YOU can submit a comment here through the end of October.  By Jake Schild and Kyle Mittan The Daily World October 9, 2015  Locals and…
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Critics of all ages sound off on oil trains

By Drew Mikkelsen KING 5 News October 8, 2015  ABERDEEN, Wash. — Critics lined up to tell state and city officials it’s a bad idea to allow crude oil deliveries into Grays Harbor County. All month the state Department of Ecology and the City of Hoquiam are…
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Videos show disputed oil trains rolling by stadiums during games

Komo News documented explosive oil trains rolling past CenturyLink Field on game day.  By Jeff Burnside Komo News October 1, 2015  SEATTLE — There were nearly 70,000 fans at CenturyLink Field for the Seahawks game last Sunday, and they will be there again on Monday night. That makes…
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Pope Francis Visits the USA

In his first ever visit to the United States of America, Pope Francis repeatedly emphasized the need to care for our common home. The Holy Father was welcomed at the White House, to the United Nations, and made history by speaking to the US Congress. In…
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Pope Francis Speaks to the UN

Pope Francis Speaks to the United NationsSeptember 25, 2015 Thank you for your kind words. Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations. In my…
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Pope Francis' Address to Congress

Pope Francis’ Address to the United States CongressSeptember 24, 2015 Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Speaker, Honorable Members of Congress, Dear Friends, I am most grateful for your invitation to address this Joint Session of Congress in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I…
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Pope Francis Speaks at the White House

Pope Francis at the White HouseSeptember 23, 2015 Mr President, I am deeply grateful for your welcome in the name of all Americans. As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by…
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Pope Francis, science and government are reframing climate change

Earth Ministry collaborated with Physicians for Social Responsibility to publish this OpEd by Father Stephen Sundborg, President of Seattle University, and Dr. Howard Frumpkin, Dean of the UW School of Public Health, which combines the message of Pope Francis’ encyclical on climate change and the…
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