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The U.S. Senate has finally acknowledged that climate change is real. On January 21, as part of the debate on the Keystone XL pipeline, the Senate passed an amendment by a vote of 98 to 1 stating, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.” Two other…

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Marching for action on climate change Several dozen Mennonites joined the estimated 400,000 people who walked in the People’s Climate March in New York City on September 21, 2014. Two days later, world leaders met to discuss what actions they will take to address climate change. There is renewed energy for working toward a new…

Read more E-Memo: October 6, 2014

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“I decided to take my 3-year-old daughter along because I had the sense that this could be a formative experience for her and a chance to instill the values of justice, equality, and concern for the common good.” By Adam Miller, Community Mennonite Church, Lancaster, Pennsylvania I traveled from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to New York City…

Read more Personal reflection on the People’s Climate March: Adam Miller

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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)…

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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