In Carbon and Capitalism We Trust? | John Murdock | First Things

The distinctly American blending of Christianity and Capitalism is an odd amalgamation. Jesus told us rather clearly that primary service to God and Mammon do not mix. Markets make good secondary things but poor first things. The same can be said of democracy and tolerance, fine concepts in their place but ones that draw a similarly over-elevated (if inconsistently applied) devotion from the left. “Brass,” as C.S. Lewis noted, “is mistaken for gold more easily than clay is.”Julian Simon rightly reminded the Paul Ehrlichs of the world that humanity is not predestined to be a cancer and that downward trends…

The Environmental Value of Building Reuse – Preservation Leadership Forum

A report produced by the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the potential environmental benefit of building reuse. This groundbreaking study, The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, concludes that, when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction. The report’s key findings offer policy-makers, building owners, developers, architects and engineers compelling evidence of the merits of reusing existing buildings as opposed to tearing them down and building new. Those findings include: Reuse Matters….

Is Ecology Haunted? An Ecocritic Reads Laudato Si’ | Comment Magazine | Cardus

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis attempts something Wendell Berry in his fiction, Annie Dillard in her essays, and even Christian Wiman in his poetry have all attempted in the past decades: to recover the y-axis within ecological thought. Over a month out from the encyclical’s publication it’s clear that it was not the progressive eco-manifesto that some had feared and for which others had hoped. Certainly Pope Francis demands—with an unmistakable urgency—that we take anthropogenic global warming seriously, and he minces no words about the looming ecological crisis should we refuse to change our ways. But these warnings are embedded…

The Fast-Approaching ‘Point of No Return’ for Climate Change | News & Notes, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

For the first time, the world’s top climate change scientists have endorsed an upper limit on greenhouse gas emissions, establishing a target level for curbing emissions that if not achieved could lead to irreversible and potentially catastrophic climatic changes. In a report released today by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the UN’s climate panel, scientists also said that the target is likely to be exceeded in a matter of decades unless steps are taken soon to reduce emissions. To contain these changes will require “substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions,” the scientists said. via The Fast-Approaching…

Natural disasters, climate change, and the ‘burn it all downers’

the current political polarization over the environment and climate change has got to change if we are to ever slow the impacts of climate change and the escalating number of deaths already occurring. Evangelicals can be a source of societal healing and political action if they understand their Bible correctly.Alas, we evangelicals (I count myself among this tribe) are still way behind the moral curve. via Natural disasters, climate change, and the ‘burn it all downers’.

Faith & Works | Activist sees climate change as a spiritual issue | The Courier-Journal | courier-journal.com

Tim DeChristopher was a University of Utah student and had been studying the role of civil disobedience in historical social movements when, in December 2008, he became part of that history. DeChristopher walked into a federal auction of oil-and-gas leases in Salt Lake City, represented himself as a bidder and received auction paddle No. 70. After watching for about 20 minutes, he ground the auction to a halt. He bid on one parcel after another, winning 14 worth nearly $1.8 million, which he had neither the means nor the intention of paying for. Other bidders walked out, the proceedings were…

Church of England to debate disinvestment from fossil fuels on Independent Catholic News

The Anglican Diocese of Southwark passed a resolution yesterday calling on the General Synod of the Church of England to consider disinvestment from fossil fuels. Welcoming the resolution Mark Letcher of Operation Noah said: “We are delighted that Southwark has passed this resolution. The Church must be consistent in word and deed. Global reserves of fossil fuels far exceed that which can be burned without triggering catastrophic damage to the climate system. Yet companies such as BP and Shell continue to invest billions in the development of new reserves of fossil fuels in the sure knowledge that these will push us…

‘Blessing the facts,’ evangelical scientists urge Congress to reduce carbon emissions — Monday, July 15, 2013 — www.eenews.net

Evangelical scientists have urged members of Congress to act on climate change in a letter calling for legislation to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment. The 200 signatories said they aim to bridge the gap between science and religion. “There’s a sense that scientists are not a part of the evangelical community,” said Katharine Hayhoe, the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and lead author of the “National Climate Assessment,” a federal scientific report assessing climate change impacts and current trends in the United States. “Climate change gets turned into a polarizing issue,” she said….

Interfaith Perspectives on Our Ecological Disaster | John Dear

Anyone who is paying attention and cares for the earth–and not oil company profits–realizes that this pipeline will be an environmental disaster for North America and a huge threat to the global climate. As NASA scientist and prophetic leader James Hansen told Bill McKibben a few years ago, the Keystone XL pipeline will be “game over for the planet.” I fully support the ongoing protests against the Keystone XL pipeline, and hope and pray that Obama administration will do the right thing and refuse to go ahead with it, and make even tougher decisions to reduce carbon emissions and fossil…