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February 28, 2012
By Liliana Varman
Yale Daily News

After spending four days by himself in the Mojave desert without access to food, Stephen Blackmer FES ’83 DIV ’12 found his calling. The 49-year-old had spent his life working to conserve New England forests, but said that trip expanded his views on how to protect the environment. In 2007, two years after his return, Blackmer...

February 23, 2012
By Utpal Parashar
Hindustan Times

Sacred natural sites are areas of land or water having special spiritual significance. And the Eastern Himalayas is home to many such sites like Mount Kailash (Tibet), Lumbini (Nepal), Taksang (Bhutan), Gosaikunda (Nepal), Gurudongmar Lake (Sikkim). These sites besides having spiritual and religious significance also have...

February 22, 2012
United Nations Environment Programme

Nairobi (Kenya) - The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced that Brazil, with one of the fastest growing economies in the world, will host World Environment Day 2012 (WED) on 5 June.

February 22, 2012
By Brian Roewe
National Catholic Reporter

Religious leaders in the United Kingdom are using this Ash Wednesday as a call to all Christians to repent for the “shrug-culture” existing in many parts of the world toward climate change.

Operation Noah, a Christian climate change lobby, released today its Ash Wednesday Declaration – a seven-point call to...

February 20, 2012
By Stephen Leahy
Nation of Change

Contrary to popular belief, humans have failed to address the earth’s worsening emergencies of climate change, species’ extinction and resource overconsumption not because of a lack of information, but because of a lack of imagination, social scientists and artists say.

Volume II, Number 2
February 2012

This issue includes a section about the Journey of the Universe film.

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January 30, 2012
By Shilpa Kanna
BBC News

Surrounded by seven hills, high above lush green forests is the temple town of Tirumala.

The crown jewel is the dazzling gold-plated temple of Lord Venkateshwara. Located in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, this is not just one of Hinduism’s holiest shrines, but also one of the richest.

It has an annual income...

January-February 2012
By George Lakey
Quaker Earthcare Witness

Any great change must expect opposition because it shakes the very foundation of privilege.

What if it turned out that a time-honored Friends testimony, a success story in northwestern Europe, and an experiment by contemporary eco-justice Quakers,...

Acting to end hydrofracturing in natural gas development

By Angela Manno
15th Street (N.Y.) Friends Meeting
Quaker Earthcare Witness
January-February 2012

The room filled up slowly on Saturday morning, November 12, 2011, at Brooklyn (N.Y.) Friends Meetinghouse. These were seasoned activists and newcomers to hydraulic fracturing, the newest form...

January 18, 2012

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, commending Pope for his powerful stand on environmental issues, said that to effectively curb environmental degradation and save the planet, religions of the world had to come together to form a joint global strategy.

Hindus have applauded His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for connecting...