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September 26, 2011
United Nations Environment Programme

Nairobi - Professor Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize laureate, founder of Kenya’s Green Belt Movement and patron of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Billion Tree Campaign, has died in Nairobi. She was 71 years old.

Professor Maathai was one of Africa’s foremost environmental campaigners...

September 2011
Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs

The Episcopal Church House of Bishops, meeting in Province IX, in Quito, Ecuador, issued the following Pastoral Teaching:

A Pastoral Teaching from the House of Bishops of The Episcopal Church
Quito, Ecuador

We, your bishops, believe these words of Jeremiah describe these times and...

September 2011
By Rabbi Lawrence Troster

September 20, 2011
By Br. Dave Andrews

Illness among people and livestock.

Tainted drinking water.

Explosions and fires.

These are some of the discovered effects of hydraulic fracking – a growing, and increasingly controversial, method of harnessing natural gas for energy production.

Yet as more policymakers explore the so-called benefits...

September 18, 2011
By Peerzada Arshad Hamid

PAHALGAM, India (AlertNet) – A very long way from home, Arvin Prasad Goel clutched his wife’s hand as they prepared to eat in a makeshift communal kitchen set up on the Himalayan mountainside.

They were weary from a four-day trek through rough terrain and cold weather to visit the Amarnath cave, perched at an altitude...

September 18, 2011
All Africa Global Media Date

Indalo Yethu/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX – The threat of climate change is not just a scientific concern but a profound ethical challenge that demands leadership from all sectors of society.

September 13, 2011
By Duane Elgin
Huffington Post

September 7, 2011
By Rabbi Lawrence Troster
Huffington Post

The Jewish month of Elul is the last month in the year and marks the beginning of the season of repentance that culminates with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Ten Days of Repentance, also known as the High Holidays.

The Jewish concept of repentance is called Teshuvah (“return” in English) and one of...

September 1, 2011
By Russell Powell
New Haven Register

SIXTY-five people, including me, were arrested Aug. 20 and spent the weekend in jail for holding a nonviolent sit-in in front of the White House. It was the first day of a planned two weeks of civil disobedience, where thousands from across the country would sit down to demonstrate against the proposed construction of the...

September 1, 2011
By Russ Powell
Yale Daily News

With great fervor, I, together with millions of hopeful Americans, went to the polls in 2008 to vote for Barack Obama. In the months leading up to the presidential election he had galvanized incredible support for his candidacy, capitalizing on America’s deep desire to see change in Washington. I especially remember how I hung...