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BurtWorm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 01:15 PM
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Environmentalism: common ground under progressives and traditionalists?
Suggested by this article in the NY Times:



http://www.nytimes.com/2006/10/28/us/28mountains.html?e...

The old rounded peaks of the mountains encircled the ridge, dense with trees smudged red and gold. But in the middle of the peaks, several stood stripped bare and chopped up, a result of an increasingly common and controversial coal mining practice called mountaintop removal.

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Doesnt it say in Scripture, Who can weigh a mountain, measure a basket of earth? Ms. Chapman-Crane said, recalling descriptions of Gods omnipotence in Isaiah 40:12. Well, only God can. But now, the coal companies seem to be able to do it, too.

Ms. Chapman-Crane, her colleagues at the Mennonite Central Committee Appalachia and other Appalachian Christians are trying to halt mountaintop removal, and at the heart of their work, they say, is their faith.

They are part of an awakening among religious people to environmental issues, said Paul Gorman, executive director of the National Religious Partnership for the Environment, an interreligious alliance. Increasingly, religious people across denominations are organizing around local issues, like preventing a landfill, preserving wetlands and changing mining.

People of faith are thinking afresh about human place and purpose in the greater web of life, Mr. Gorman said. They are asking, What does it mean to be present in a crisis of Gods creation made by Gods children?

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Luke Popovich, a spokesman for the National Mining Association, a coal lobbying group, said that by fighting mountaintop removal religious groups might find their priorities colliding.

They find themselves in a difficult position, Mr. Popovich said, because theyre expressing support for those who purport to protect nature, and, at the same time, that activism carries implications for the human side of the natural equation. Human welfare depends on the rational exploitation of nature.
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