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Why People of Faith Oppose Coal Export

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Creation Care and Coal Export

People of faith work together to make things better. Our communities pull together through good times and bad. As neighbors we look out for each other.

Our values matter to us. Above all, we care for the gift of creation that God has given us. The responsibility of humans to protect this great gift is central to all faith traditions. Some religions call it stewardship, this obligation to till and keep the Earth. Others believe we have a personal responsibility to care for creation because of God’s covenant with us.

Central to our faith is justice and concern for the poor and most vulnerable, the least of these among our human and natural communities. All of God’s children deserve enough to eat, clean water to drink, and safe air to breathe. We take this responsibility seriously and speak out for justice while caring for the common good. We work hard and play fair. Exporting coal from Northwest ports pollutes our air and water and violates our religious values.

Read more about why people of faith oppose coal export.


How to Testify at a Coal Hearing

Over the next few months, people of faith across Washington will have the opportunity to speak on behalf of protecting the ecosystems of our region, standing in solidarity with the Lummi Nation, and preserving the gift of creation for the next generation. Faith leaders can make a difference!

Learn how to testify for creation at one of these hearings! Download this teaching tool and share with others in your faith community.

A full list of hearing dates and locations in Bellingham, Friday Harbor, Mount Vernon, Seattle, Ferndale, Spokane, and Vancouver Washington can be found here. Written comments are also being accepted.

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IPL logo clearEarth Ministry’s Washington Interfaith Power & Light (WAIPL) project organizes an interfaith religious response to global warming. WAIPL is part of a national Interfaith Power & Light movement in 38 states.

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