Is God Green? Resources . Sites of Interest
Below you'll find Web sites providing more information on religion and the environment, global warming, local environmental conditions, the environment and human health and federal oversight agencies and groups interested in environmental policy. For more information on matters referred to in "Is God Green?" and the MOYERS ON AMERICA Citizens Class, visit the Timeline, Documents, and Glossary sections.
Religion and the Environment
Evangelical Environmental Network & Creation Care Magazine
EEN is a biblically orthodox Christian non-profit organization. Their purpose is to declare the Lordship of Christ over all creation to the church and society-at-large in both word and deed. EEN is made up of both individual members who believe in and support our vital ministry and major evangelical organizations who work with EEN to implement creation-care projects appropriate to their ministries. The site offers material from CREATION CARE magazine, fact sheets, and resources for action. Their mission statement reads: "As followers of Jesus Christ, committed to the full authority of the Scriptures, and aware of the ways we have degraded creation, we believe that biblical faith is essential to the solution of our ecological problems."
Evangelical Climate Initiative
The Evangelical Climate Initiative is a consortium of evangelical leaders advocating a Biblical world view of environmentalism that emphasizes the effects of global warming on the world's poor. Their mission statement was signed by 86 Evangelical leaders including Rick Warren, the author of A PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE.
Interfaith Council for Environmental Stewardship
The Interfaith Council on Environmental Stewardship is a network of religious, academic and community leaders who are skeptical about Global Warming science and advocate free market solutions to environmental issues.
The Interfaith Stewardship Alliance
Interfaith Stewardship Alliance (ISA) is an outgrowth of many of the leaders of ICES formed in 2004. The group is more narrowly focused on affecting specific public policy issues related to the environment. The groups statement of purpose states it is "committed to bringing a proper and balanced Biblical view of stewardship to the critical issues of environment and development."
Vineyard Christian Fellowship: Boise
Web site for the Boise, Idaho church featured in "Is God Green?" The church also maintains an informative and interactive site about its environmental work called Let Us Tend the Garden with position papers, video and an active bulletin board.
News and Perspectives
A "multi-faith e-community" that embraces skeptics as well as believers. This Web site includes spiritual inclination quizzes, articles about modern challenges to faith, lively discussion boards, along with links to sacred texts of various religions.
Religion and Ethics Newsweekly
The on-line version of the weekly PBS program, offers features and profiles of the people, trends, values, and spiritual life that exist behind the headlines, including full transcripts of shows and full-text supplemental stories.
Religion News Service
Provides updated coverage of religion news stories, features, and commentary from a wide variety of faiths. Updated daily, with searchable archives. A search for "global warming" yields nearly 100 recent stories.
Science and Theology News
The online version of Science and Theology News covers current modern issues affecting religion. With links to articles, research, discussions, books, and translated stores, this Web site offers various perspectives and viewpoints on the relationship between religion, science, and health.
"Getting to Grips With Buddhist Environmentalism"
Article from THE JOURNAL OF BUDDHIST ETHICS discussing how the different sects of Buddhism are addressing the environmental movement.
"The Greening Of Buddhist Practice"
Article by Kenneth Kraft discussing various sects of North American Buddhism and their drive towards a more environmentally conscious world view.
The Center for Judaism and the Environment
The Center for Judaism and the Environment is a unit of The Center for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility in Jerusalem. "The Center is conducting extensive research into the Jewish sources Bible, Prophets, Talmud, Midrash, Rabbinical Responsa, literature and history that relate to modern environmental issues."
Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life
COEJL was founded in 1993 and now represents 29 national Jewish organizations spanning the full spectrum of Jewish religious and communal life and serves as the voice of the organized Jewish community on environmental issues in Washington, D.C. and around the country. "COEJL seeks to expand the contemporary understanding of such Jewish values as tikkun olam (repairing the world) and tzedek (justice) to include the protection of both people and other species from environmental degradation."
The Islamic Foundation for Ecology and the Environmental Sciences
The Foundation is the world's leading Islamic Environmental NGO. This article concerns application of Islamic principles in the restoration of village fisheries.
Climate Change Science Program
The U.S. Climate Change Science Program integrates federal research on climate and global change, as sponsored by thirteen federal agencies and overseen by the Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Council on Environmental Quality, the National Economic Council and the Office of Management and Budget. The Bush administration's August 2004 report to Congress can be found on the site.
A project of the Union of Concerned Scientists, Climate Choices focuses on California's future, and positions the state as a test case for exploring the impacts of climate change, noting that "emission reductions in California could help lead our nation to transition to more sustainable energy, vehicle, and land-use polices, ultimately affecting a significant percentage of world heat-trapping gas emissions." The site offers details on some of the "innovative solutions" that address global warming.
BBC News: Global warning?
The BBC's archive of articles and interactive features on global warming includes charts and maps, an energy quiz, background on the science of climate change, and more.
EPA's Global Warming Site
The EPA's site gathers information on climate, emissions, impacts, actions, and news on the topic of global warming. The site features a section on what individuals can do to make a difference.
This web site is a project of the Cooler Heads Coalition, a sub-group of the National Consumer Coalition. According to the site, "The Cooler Heads Coalition was formed in 1997 to dispel the myths of global warming by exposing flawed economic, scientific, and risk analysis. Coalition members will also follow the progress of the international Global Climate Change Treaty negotiations." The group is part of Consumer Alert "a national, non-profit membership organization for people concerned about excessive growth of government regulation at the national and state levels."
Heartland Institute Publications
The research and outreach organization views its mission as promoting "common-sense environmentalism." The Institute presents many articles critical of the idea of global warming.
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
The IPCC is the most authoritative source for statistics and figures on climate change. Visit this site to view the latest assessment reports, press releases, and graphics.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association answers frequently asked questions about global warming.
Pew Center on Global Climate Change
This nonprofit organization is "dedicated to providing credible information, straight answers, and innovative solutions in the effort to address global climate change." It provides information on the science behind climate change, the potential consequences of it, a glossary of relevant terms, and other valuable material.
U.S. Global Change Research Program
This site brings together information about federally funded research on global warming, changing ecosystems, the carbon cycle, the water cycle, and much more. It contains links to hundreds of U.S. and international science organizations.
Local Environmental Conditions
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)
An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, ATSDR is committed to using the best science possible to educate, warn, and protect the public from toxic substances and exposure.
Learn About Chemicals Around Your House
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents this interactive resource for kids and adults to learn about the chemicals in the various rooms in the house. In addition, the EPA site contains information about;
Drinking Water and Health; Teaching Aids; and resources for Concerned Citizens.
Environmental Defense offers tools to get facts on local pollution in your community. Enter your zip code to find out what pollutants are being released into your community and who is responsible. Also, learn about air pollutants, land contamination, lead hazards, environmental priorities in your neighborhood and more.
Working Group on Community Right-to-Know
The Working Group is a DC based coalition of more than 1,500 public interest groups around the country working for more openness in government and industry. The Working Group's Web site publishes a list of industrial chemicals deemed "extremely hazardous" by the EPA.
Environment and Health
Environmental Working Group
Progressive environmental advocacy group that supports a team of scientists, engineers, policy experts, lawyers and computer programmers who analyze data and conduct original scientific tests focused on reforming environmental legislation.
Children's Environmental Health Network
The Children's Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary project whose mission is to protect the fetus and the child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthy environment. This Web site provides information on the Network, the issue of children's environmental health, and links to sources of information and resources in the field.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences provides fact sheets and pamphlets on environmental hazards, such as lead and air quality, and illnesses, such as asthma, facing children in schools. The site includes scientific research and studies on children's health, as well as the latest news and events.
Agencies and Groups
Environmental Protection Agency
The site of the main federal agency charged with safeguarding both citizens and the natural environment contains a wealth of briefings, ways to check air and water quality, updates on all environmental legislation and suggestions for citizen action.
National Environmental Protection Act
NEPAnet Web site allows users the ability to access the complete text of the 1969 NEPA, while also providing shortcuts to popular statutes, such as the Clean Air Act. Other features include access to the Center for Environmental Quality environmental impact analyses, reports, studies and NEPA case law.
National Park Service
The National Park Service's Web site provides information on all areas under its administration and on the management of environmental and cultural resources in its care. The site also provides information on how to volunteer in parks in your locale.
U.S. Bureau of Land Management
An agency of the Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management Web site provides general information, facts and news related to the management of our public lands. Features include access to bureau publications, brochures, and current initiatives undertaken by the Bureau of Land Management.
U.S.D.A. Forest Service
The official site for the Forest Service contains area profiles and resource management procedures and pertinent news stories. Potential visitors can find information on permit and use guidelines for Forest Service areas.
National Forest Foundation
The National Forest Foundation is the official nonprofit partner of the Forest Service. The group creates community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the National Forest System. The NFF also administer private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests.
National Parks and Conservation Association
Established in 1919, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) is the only private, nonprofit, advocacy organization dedicated to educating the public about our national parks and protecting, preserving, and enhancing the U.S. National Park System.
The Sierra Club works to practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources, educate and enlist humanity to protect and restore the quality of the natural and human environment, and use all lawful means to carry out these objectives.
Founded in 1935, the Wilderness Society is one of the most vocal advocates for wilderness advocacy. Its former president, Howard Zahniser, was one of the authors of the original Wilderness Act. Today the non-profit group is lobbying against changes to the roadless rule and drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.