February 17, 2013

Interfaith Groups protest Keystone XL


As with anti-Keystone protests past, faith groups lent visible support; their banners, prayers, and chants joining the estimated 40,000 peaceful protestors calling on President Obama to show climate leadership in his new term by vetoing the Keystone XL pipeline.

Kevin Mason, a young man with The Catholic Worker hospitality house in DC, saw protesting the pipeline as a matter of justice and solidarity. "One person is hurt, we all are hurt," he said over chants of "That's not kosher!" from the assembled crowd. "Charity and resistance go hand in hand. There's a huge need to get back to the Genesis idea of stewardship and beloved community."

Faith groups have grown bolder in their pro-environment positions, and are gaining some momentum in joining and helping shape protests against fracking and tar sands removal. In the last year alone, several new groups and initiatives like Young Evangelicals for Climate Action and the Interfaith Moral Action on Climate have sprung up, major faith mobilizers like Sojourners have more publicly stepped in, and longstanding interfaith climate organizing networks like Interfaith Power and Light have redoubled their efforts.
"It's great to see this interfaith energy," said George Hoguet, a former Catholic now part of The Stillworkers, an engaged Buddhist community in Pittsburgh. "It's great — there needs to be more." [Climate Progress]
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