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The Eco-Justice Program office of the National Council of Churches works in cooperation with the NCC Eco-Justice Working Group to provide an opportunity for the national bodies of member Protestant and Orthodox denominations to work together to protect and restore God’s Creation.

Eco-justice includes all ministries designed to heal and defend creation, working to assure justice for all of creation and the human beings who live in it. A major task of the Working Group is to provide program ideas and resources to help congregations as they engage in eco-justice.  Check us out here.

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  1. 🙂

    • Interested in having a speaker address eco-justice at Unitarian Universalist Forum on a Sunday morning in February or March 2010—9:30 breakfast Forum, adjourns at 10:45. Thank you,
      Karen

  2. Thank you for getting in touch. As a farmer first and minister least of all, I am heartened with your concern for this only land we have. Please continue to stay in touch and my wife and I will see if we can contribute in some way to the dialogue. Look forward to hearing from you, and will study you publications soon.

  3. Hey great blog! I would like to touch base with you about your blog. Please contact me directly at chris@greenpress.com

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks,
    Chris

  4. Dear EcoJustice:
    I thought your readers may be interested that, after four long years of hard work, and against aggressive opposition, the City of Cincinnati has finally passed an “Environmental Justice Ordinance”. This ordinance is the first of its kind where a municipality is using their police powers to enforce Environmental Justice in the form of an “environmental justice permit”.
    Any industry that wants to operate in Cincinnati that meets the definition of a “proposed project” will be required to have an environmental justice permit in order to operate. A permit will be denied if the project would cause a public nuisance, which is defined as significantly interfering with public health by 1) causing an excess cancer risk; 2) causing an excess risk of acute health effects; 3) causing an excess risk in the event of an accident; or 4) constituting an Air Pollution Nuisance as defined in OAC 3745-15-07.
    This groundbreaking legislation was passed by City Council on June 24, 2009. However the fight is far from over. The next round is to ensure the funding is in place for Cincinnati’s 2010 budget to support the legislation. This includes the cost of processing the applications, the various notices to the public that are now required, and the staffing of an Environmental Justice Examiner. And of course, we are still facing grave opposition from some sectors of the business community.
    Thankfully, I have a great group of citizen/environmental activists who have shown their true tenacity and perseverance through all the compromises and delays that have occurred along the way.
    I invite your readers to share in this victory for Environmental Justice for Cincinnati, Ohio. If anyone is interested in this legislation you can contact my office at (513) 352-2453 and ask for my Legislative Assistant Michelle Dillingham.
    -David C. Crowley, Vice Mayor of Cincinnati


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