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March 2018
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In his new role as director of pastoral ecology with the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions, Pastor Doug Kaufman, Goshen, IN, will develop a curriculum on climate change and lead learning experiences for church leaders.

NETWORK NEWS

Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions and Mennonite Creation Care Network Partner on Pastoral Training

“Mennonites begin to see climate change as the moral equivalent of war/violence and begin to take collective action.” This forceful statement heads the one-page summary of the game plan that the Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions (CSCS) is pursuing. Now a first step in working with congregations is emerging: equipping pastors.

 “We believe that pastors are key to reaching the goal of making progress on climate solutions,” says Doug Graber Neufeld, director of the CSCS. Therefore, the CSCS is partnering with Mennonite Creation Care Network in appointing Pastor Doug Kaufman, Goshen, IN, as its director of pastoral ecology.
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Internships Available Through Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions

The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions is supporting two summer internships for undergraduate or seminary students interested in climate action from a Mennonite perspective. The internships are part of the goal to "resource student leaders and advocacy groups." The Faith Outreach Internship is based in Wolf Lake, Ind., and involves working with congregations and Mennonite Creation Care Network in support of Doug Kaufman's work. The Climate Advocacy Internship involves policy and advocacy work with Mennonite Central Committee in Washington, D.C.   read more 

ISSUES

Why I Support Fossil Fuel Free Investing

By Dave Hockman-Wert

Many years ago I was convicted of the need to spend my money in a way that matched my values, supporting companies that were practicing sustainability. In my 20s, it was challenging to pay more at natural food stores or buy green products. Now, I not only have more money to spend; I also have more money to save. I need to discern where I can put that money so that it will do more good than harm. Therefore, I’ve supported socially responsible investing (SRI) for a long time, for the same reasons that draw me to responsible consumerism.
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CONGREGATIONS

Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship Goes Solar

Peter Sawatzky, the creation care liaison at Fort Garry Mennonite Fellowship, Winnipeg, Manitoba, reports that the congregation decided to install solar panels on the roof of the church building at its 2018 semi-annual meeting. They are in the process of applying for the necessary permits.

"Why was there no opposition to a $38,000 project? Because it's the right thing to do," Peter muses. 
WHAT I'M READING
Living in Denial by Kari Norgaard
by Douglas D. Kaufman

Why does the United States, which emits more greenhouse gases than any other country, have so much trouble following through on our fair share of carbon reductions? Is it because Americans don’t have enough information about climate change? Or is it simply that they do not care? In her book, Living in Denial, sociologist Kari Norgaard turns both these assumptions upside down.
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ECO-CHALLENGES 

A column based on tips by Carole Suderman, Boulder Mennonite Church, Boulder, Colo. Carole has been offering her congregations challenges like these for the past 20 years. Tips are adapted for a broader audience.
  • Is this trip really necessary? One hundred years ago, over 90% of people got by without cars. They took the train (as many Amish still do), lived near family and work and walked. Recall the old question, "Is this trip really necessary?" If it is, consider biking, walking, carpooling, taking a bus or consolidating errands into one trip.
     
  • Be a light source: The second thing God did was to say, "Let there be light!" In these days when the amount of daylight is increasing, may we ponder our role in bringing joy and enlightenment to our world. 
AT LAST, THE GOOD NEWS
Inspiration from Around the World

Many Islands Still Rich in Biodiversity
Mother Nature Network offers you a glimpse of 11 islands where thousands of endemic species still romp. On Borneo, for example, 1000 species of insects have been found on a single species of tree. Photo: a forest in Tasmania.

LA Resident Fights Food Deserts with a Shovel
Meet Ron Finley who is turning a rough corner of Los Angeles into a food forest.  Go Fund Me Heroes.

Road Trip Finds Creative Approaches to Climate Change
When two women traveled across the U.S. seeking stories of climate resilience and adaptation, they found some. The Great American Adaptation Road Trip tells about a white roof revolution, drought-hardy corn and responses to an oyster crisis to name a few blog entries. Find take-home lessons on planning for climate change in your own region. 
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