Environment

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“I am not a march ‘junkie’ – more of a homebody. But when the issues become urgent enough on moral, spiritual and civic grounds, I feel compelled to take to the streets to vote with my body.” By Anne Sensenig, Community Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania I am affiliated with Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster (CMCL)…

Read more Personal reflection on the People’s Climate March: Anne Sensenig

What if within 100 miles of all U.S. borders, decades’ worth of public health, tribal, and environmental laws were disregarded? Today on Capitol Hill, this question brought together a diverse coalition of environmental, Latino, Native American, ranching/hunting, and faith-based advocacy groups attending a press conference expressing opposition (see photo) to H.R. 1505 (also called the…

Read more Bad border bill puts environment at risk

Duane Beachey of MCC Great Lakes SWAP program, writes about poverty in Appalachia and the complex relationship between economic development and resource extraction interests. What struck me most living in Appalachia was not the poverty, which I expected, but the wealth that goes out of these counties. In 2010, a billion dollars worth of coal…

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Over the past 20 years, mountaintop removal mining has left thousands of communities in extreme poverty, destroyed 14 million acres of forest and 2,000 miles of headwater streams, and increased levels of birth defects, respiratory disease, and cancer. Mountaintop removal puts nearby communities at risk from: mudslides, flooding, loss of crops, polluted water wells, cracked…

Read more Action Alert: Urge the EPA to Ban Mountaintop Removal Coal Mining

Mountaintop removal coal mining destroys the natural environment and ecosystem, contaminates drinking water, threatens longstanding  Appalachian culture, and has contributed to higher unemployment in affected communities. We are grateful for the EPA’s careful scrutiny of and objections to 19 mountaintop removal mining permits in Kentucky this past September, and we hope that the agency continues…

Read more Action Alert: Thank the EPA for objecting to 19 mountaintop removal permits

In early December, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change met for the 17th time in Durban, South Africa to discuss the international community’s response to climate change. Though the governments agreed to continue working on a comprehensive treaty, this agreement falls short of providing climate justice to the most vulnerable. The World Council…

Read more COP17 Durban Agreement Falls Short

From Jason Cappola of Truthout, 11/2/2011: The Keystone XL pipeline and a message from indigenous resistance. As people gather to protest the greed and corruption of Wall Street in downtown Manhattan and throughout the world, the territories of indigenous peoples and nations have been the front lines of this conflict for a long, long, time.…

Read more Lakota Tribes “Refuse to Cooperate” With Tar Sands Proponents