Church Worldwide: White House Honors 12 Faith Leaders as Climate-Change ‘Champions’

| |

From a zero-waste synagogue to global development work after natural disasters, environmental projects by faith leaders are being hailed by the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama as examples of exemplary leadership on climate change.

Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy highlighted initiatives by a dozen leaders from a range of faiths who were recognized July 20 in Washington, D.C., as “Champions of Change” for their environmental initiatives.

“As faith leaders, no voice is really more important than yours in this,” said McCarthy. “As the president and others, including the pope, have indicated, this really is a moral responsibility. We need to remind people of that and engage them. It’s a responsibility that we all have to share, to protect our neighbors, to protect God’s creation from the threats of climate change and environmental degradation that is going to follow.”

The Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network, told the 150 people gathered at the forum that the need to work on climate change extends across political parties and religious affiliations.

“If we are faith leaders of whatever faith, we have a moral obligation to not defile the earth that God has given us,” he said.

The honorees included Roman Catholic leaders, African-American clergy, and four officials of Interfaith Power & Light, a nonprofit that helps congregations save energy and become more environmentally friendly.

About the Author

Religion News Service is an independent, nonprofit and award-winning source of global news on religion, spirituality, culture and ethics.

See comments (2)



"It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens. When he utters his voice there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and he makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and he brings forth the wind from his storehouses. Every man is stupid and without knowledge; every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, for his images are false, and there is no breath in them." (Jeremiah 51:15-17)

"I also witheld the rain from you when there were yet three months to the harvest; I would send rain on one city, and send no rain on another city, one field would have rain, and the field on which it did not rain would wither." (Amos 4:7)

"When heaven is shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against you, if they pray toward this place and acknowledge your name and turn from there sin, when you afflict them, then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people israel, when you teach them the good way in which they should walk, and grant rain upon your land, which you have given to your people as an inheritance." (1 kings 8:36,36)


Please read "THE GREEN GOSPEL" by Shiela Zilinsky to find out the TRUTH about the "Green Agenda"  WHY is this article put in here???