Press Room

The following press clips highlight the work of Earth Ministry/WAIPL or include quotes from our staff and members.

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Dept. of Ecology Report Confirms: Huge Impacts From Proposed Coal Export Terminal in Southwest Washington

The DEIS is out for the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, WA. The results show that, as the largest terminal in North America, coal export in Longview would create “hours and hours” of traffic delays while producing an enormous amounts of greenhouse gas emissions…
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Group calls for transition to clean energy

Earth Ministry/WAIPL brought faith leaders to the table with community of color members, labor representatives, and environmental policymakers for this important conversation about a just transition to a clean energy economy in the Skagit Valley.   By Kimberly Cauvel Skagit Valley Herald April 29, 2016  MOUNT VERNON — Each day…
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Caring for Creation

Local Catholic communities, like Our Lady of Guadalupe in West Seattle, are using Pope Francis’s encyclical to reinforce their good work for creation care.  By Louis McGill Northwest Catholic March 30, 2016  When parishioners at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish decided in 2009 to build a parish…
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St. Andrew's Wins IPL Cool Congregations Challenge

Interfaith Power and Light has awarded St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church of Seattle as the winner of the national Cool Congregations Challenge. Along with going solar, this Greening Congregation cultivates a garden and participates in a carbon offset partnerships. St. Andrew’s certainly is a renewal role model…
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Governor Inslee To Sign Strongest Ban In Nation On Toxic Flame Retardants In Home Furniture, Kids’ Products

Earth Ministry/WAIPL couldn’t be happier to announce that the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act has been signed into law! We are grateful for the relentless dedication of faith communities across the state who devoted their time and energy to this historical piece of legislation that truly…
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Climate Action for Earth Day

Faith leaders around the country are speaking up and taking action on climate change this Earth Month! Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light is proud to be participating in two national initiatives to bring attention to one of the most important moral issues of our…
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South Whidbey churches collaborate to make a difference

Earth Ministry is grateful for our partners in Whidbey Island’s Greening Congregation Collaborative. The advocacy of this group of dedicated faith leaders was crucial in passing the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act!  March 25, 2016 South Whidbey Record By Evan Thompson  An environmental advocacy group is transcending barriers…
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Coal Export Plans Spiral Further As Arch Coal Withdraws Plan for Largest Strip Mine in Country

March 10, 2016 Power Past Coal  Longview, WA — Arch Coal, Inc. has asked Montana Department of Environmental Quality to suspend all work on their permit application for the Otter Creek Mine, and is closing their Otter Creek Coal offices. Arch Coal’s announcement follows the company…
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Speakers offer overview of environmental and climate issues for state, world

The Fig Tree reports back from the 2016 Eastern Washington Legislative Conference where Earth Ministry’s Jessie Dye teamed up with John Sirois of the Upper Columibia United Tribes to facilitate a workshop on environmental justice issues.  The Fig Tree March 2016  Jessie Dye discusses toxics, oil…
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Peace Lutheran Church Goes RainWise

Peace Lutheran Church, a Greening Congregation in West Seattle, has installed a beautiful rain garden. Check out this video from the dedication ceremony and learn how your congregation can go RainWise too!  King County Water Treatment Division March 4, 2016  Honoring a larger commitment to environmental stewardship…
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