OSJ Creation Care Update | July 03, 2019
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As people who are inspired by the Holy Spirit it’s hard to resist that draw to keep living in closer harmony with creation. We’re compelled to want policies that demonstrate love for God’s world and our neighbors. In this issue, check out the stories of people who are taking action and learning more along the way—may their ideas be a reminder that wherever you are and however you are involved, you are part of a greater movement of all God’s people.

Back from Climate Change ‘Bootcamp’

"We're learning how climate change with the unpredictable rainfall is having devastating impacts on farmers who are reliant on rain-fed agriculture. Climate change is compounding the struggles that the people of Akampala and Agereger of North Teso, Uganda are facing...But I have witnessed and heard over and over again stories of joy, resilience, strength, and hope that can only come from God.

There are testimonies of self-help groups and cluster-level associations working together and advocating with their local government. These communities have drilled wells to access clean water and have built roads that provide access to markets — and they have aspirations of so much more...Lives are being transformed."

Read more about the trip here »

Many States Worry about PFAS…The State of Maine Just Did Something About It

“The state of Maine Legislature and its governor, Janet Mills, signed a new law on June 13, 2019 that protects its citizens from two groups of ubiquitous chemicals that threaten human health: phthalates and PFAS.

State governments have a responsibility to protect the people of the state. We in the faith community affirm that task and view it as paralleling the work of God.”

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Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act

At the beginning of June, thousands of climate advocates - young and old, Christian and non-Christian alike - went to Capitol Hill to ask the U.S. Congress to support bold, bi-partisan solutions to combat climate change. The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act will drive down America’s carbon pollution and bring climate change under control, while unleashing American technological innovation.

Let’s ensure our elected officials know that people of faith care deeply about protecting God’s creation! Contact your members of Congress here.

The Christian Economics of Climate Action

“Our best science tells us that our pursuit of convenience and material well-being comes at the expense of future generations, and especially the livelihoods of the world’s poor. No one person is individually at fault for this; we all share responsibility because we all consume fossil fuels…

As Christians, like the ancient Israelites before us, we are called to glorify God (Matthew 6:19-24) and take radical steps to advance God’s kingdom through economic means (Matthew 19:16-30). I believe that we are called to take action on climate change and to do so by using our best science and practical know-how because we are called to care for the poor and for future generations.”

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  • Eating vegetarian or vegan
  • Installing solar panels
  • Driving an electric car
  • Meeting with your elected officials to talk about climate change
  • Planting a garden in your community or backyard
  • Composting
  • Participating in a river clean-up or tree planting event
  • And so much more!

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Canada to Ban Single-Use Plastics by 2021

Canada will ban single-use plastics as early as 2021, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Monday. The prime minister said the specific items to be banned will be determined based on a science-based review, but the government is considering items such as water bottles, plastic bags, and straws. Less than 10 percent of plastic used in Canada gets recycled. The Canadian government has said that 1 million birds and over 100,000 sea creatures worldwide are injured or die each year when they mistake plastic for food or become entangled, so banning single-use plastics would help Canada ensure it doesn’t contribute to this harm to the natural world and its creatures.

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