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Beth Bond: Waste Not Want Not – EPA Clean Power Plan Testimony

I was not planning on testifying at the EPA’s Clean Power Plan public hearings held in Atlanta, July 29th and 30th. Even though I had scheduled a slot, I was not preparing to speak. For those of you who know me, I know this is surprising. Since my slot was on the second day, I asked myself what would I be able to offer when so many other deeply intelligent, thought leaders had spoken before me? As I sat and listened to testimony after testimony, I realized there were two things happening. First, I did have something to add that was not being said. That testimony is below. Secondly, even though there were broad themes that were told over and over and over, each individual who spoke in favor or opposition had at least one nugget of unique, valuable information to share. Over 1,600 hundred people were scheduled to testify in Atlanta, I was only able to capture a few dozen testimonies, but if you get the chance, check out Day 1 of Testimony and Day 2 of Testimony to get a feel of what people said.

Also, this is not a direct copy of what I said since I was not prepared to speak. I had jotted down some notes and spoke from where I speak most of the time…the heart. This will be my written submitted testimony.

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40 Religious Groups Practicing Creation Care with Wind Turbines

Creation Care manifested in Wind PowerThis blog complements “Solar Spirit” – 50 Religious Groups Practicing Creation Care with Solar Panels, posted March 6.

Creation Care merges faith with proactive solutions to protect God’s creation. Next week, the season of Lent begins for millions of faithful people around the world. To mirror the 40 days of Lent, here are 40 churches, religious schools and faith-based organizations around the world that are putting their faith to work by promoting wind energy.

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Earth Stewards Talk Trash

In a recent interview, Wendell Berry declared, “We don’t have a right to ask whether we’re going to succeed or not. The only question we have a right to ask is what’s the right thing to do? What does this earth require of us if we want to continue to live on it?”  When you think about it, isn’t this principle at the core of our being as Christians?  In fact, it echoes the sentiments of the WWJD (What would Jesus do?) bracelets.

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Bridging Faith and Science to Fight Climate Change

Congressman John Lewis speaks at an #ActonClimate event, Ebenezer Baptist Church“We must find common ground or we lose all ground.”  Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley

Over the weekend, an impressive line up of community leaders gathered at Ebenezer Baptist Church in downtown Atlanta, Ga. to show support for President Obama’s Climate Change Plan as a part of the larger ‘I Will #ActOnClimate’ campaign.  The event, which was only publicized locally this week, gathered an impressive and diverse crowd—from local residents to environmental advocates to  tourists visiting the National Historic Site–all dropping by to hear the inspiring words from the speakers. 

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Westover Baptist Church Receives Conservation Grant

Alliance for the Bay and Reedy Creek Coalition Partner to Reduce Storm Water Runoff

Richmond's Westover Baptist Church is the newest partner in the Reedy Creek Coalition and Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay collaboration to preserve the integrity of Reedy Creek. The Alliance is providing up to $20,000 in grant funding to re-landscape much of the front half of Westover's campus at Westover Hills Boulevard and 49th Street. The project will include native plants in bayscapes and rain gardens designed by Westover member and neighbor Drew Harrigan of Four Winds Design. Harrigan, a talented landscape architect, is donating an additional $8,000 to the project as he designs and oversees every step of the process.

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