Local Impact of Climate Change
Water levels on Lake Michigan are the lowest in recorded history. If the level continues to drop, the Chicago River could reverse itself and send untreated sewage into Lake Michigan, says ABC 7 News, Chicago.
Why are the water levels so low? Blame the ongoing Midwest drought. Forty percent of the state of Illinois is still under drought conditions. And as was reported by Reuters last November, Lake Michigan has been [...]
Co-Sign The Open Letter To Obama Calling For Bold Climate Action!
President Obama has promised action to confront climate change. To do that, he must end the detrimental “all of the above” energy policy of his first term. Please add your name as a co-signer on our open letter urging him to take bold action to confront climate change now.
This is a CREDO / 350.org petition. Here’s what you will be sending to [...]
Support a Moratorium on Fracking in Illinois A fracking regulatory bill is being drafted in Springfield. The Illinois state legislature, which has sat on the sidelines as new technologies using high-pressure fracturing techniques to extract natural gas have launched energy booms in long-dormant states, could see a boom of its own in the coming months. Southern Illinois is already bracing itself and a bill moving through the Illinois General Assembly would create new regulations.
Tar Sands Oil – One of the Dirtiest Fuels on the Planet
Producing a barrel of oil from the oil sands produces three times more greenhouse gas emissions than a barrel of conventional oil due to the energy-intensive extraction and refining processes. The rapid increase in the development of carbon-intensive, unconventional oil “could tip the scales” towards dangerous and uncontrollable climate change.
If we are going to get serious about climate change, opening the [...]
Can You Join Us … for what may be the largest and most important environmental rally in history?
Travel to Washington, DC on Feb. 17, President’s Day weekend for what is expected to be the largest environmental rally to date. The purpose of this rally is to oppose the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and to ask for strong climate leadership and carbon standards to control climate pollution.
Here’s what President Obama said in [...]
Take Action Now … Sign this Petition to Congress
We can transition to a cleaner, renewable energy future, but Congress needs to pass the legislation to get us there.
Sign this petition created by Eco-Watch, a cutting-edge news service promoting the work of more than 1,000 grassroots environmental organizations, activists and community leaders worldwide. EJC is an endorsing organization.
Tell Congress that you want them to pass a renewable energy policy that:
• Mandates [...]
…… Register Today for the Chicago Climate Crisis Mobilization
There is growing recognition that we are not just dealing with “global warming” — we are facing a full-blown “climate crisis.”That’s why we have given our support to organizing a full-day, ACTION-ORIENTED conference and meeting on Saturday, February 16 – to learn AND to embark on a movement for the changes so urgently needed.
This one day event will take place at the IIT Kent College of Law [...]
Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative, highlights the importance of challenging the Obama administration to create an energy transition plan that moves the nation from fossil fuels to renewable energy. ““They talk about it as if it’s up and running, and that’s not the case at all.” In the meantime, he said, coal continues to be mined and burned, contributing a third of the nation’s carbon emissions.
Second term: immigration, climate, foreclosures
by Curtis [...]
A Look Back at 2012
2012 was an incredible year, filled with excitement; victory; and positive outcomes for our campaigns and projects! Many of you actively participated in the events and activities presented below. The organizing and hard work by all shows what grassroots organizations and individuals can do to bring about change that works with and respects all living things. We look forward to continued collaboration in this next year, and give thanks to [...]
Eco-Justice: A Vision for a Sustainable City
October 12-13, 19-20 , 26-27 Fridays 1-9 pm, Saturdays 9am-5pm Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education, Chicago
This class will be taught by: Clinton Stockwell, Executive Director, Chicago Semester Pam and Lan Richart, Eco-Justice Collaborative
This course will develop a holistic vision for a sustainable city as an outworking of the concept of shalom, a just peace. It will evaluate the relevance of three components of [...]