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How Black History paves the way for a more sustainable future

Being sustainability-minded typically comes with an orientation toward thinking about the future. After all, one of the ultimate goals of sustainability is to leave the planet better than one found it as a loving act toward future generations. So what role does history, specifically, Black history play in this? A significant role.  In order to […]
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What's the return for investing in ecosystem restoration?

What happens when you invest in ecosystem restoration? You may have heard a lot about ecosystem restoration lately. On World Environment Day (June 5, 2021), the United Nations launched the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, a global effort to help ecosystems from forests to oceans to farmlands recover their health and abundance. As a Christian organization, […]
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Remembering our friend, Peter Illyn

A reflection from our CEO Scott Sabin On December 11th , the Church lost a pioneer, a prophet and someone whose voice should have been much more widely heard. I first met Peter Illyn in 1996, at a conference convened by the Christian Environmental Council in Chattanooga. Of all the people I met that week, […]
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Faith, culture, and identity shape environmental efforts around the planet

What moves people to actually care for the environment at a local level? Duang Dee lives in Thailand, though he himself is Karen. The Karen are an ethinic group in Southeast Asia that do not have their own formal country. Instead, they live between Thailand and Myanmar. Historically, the areas of northern Myanmar have been […]
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Want to help provide clean water? Protect the watershed!

Dirty water is one of the biggest hazards to humans around the world Every year, about 3.5 million people around the world will die from unclean water. About two thirds of them will be children. This is the equivalent of a large commercial airplane crashing every single hour. For those of us who have easy […]
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Family values and environmental values aren’t exclusive. They actually overlap a lot.

So why does it often feel like family values are a different set of interests than environmental values? More likely than not, this is based only on outward appearances. The thought of family values might make one think of a warm home, and the thought of environmental values might make somebody imagine a dense forest. […]
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Welcoming the Stranger: the Congolese community we could all learn from

Their past was riddled with conflict. Their future is about security and abundance. Nobody would consider Kakumba an easy place to live. Simply getting to it takes extensive climbing up steep hills and mountain sides, on trails that are often inaccessible due to rain… or worse. It wasn’t long ago that the conflicts that have […]
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There's no such thing as a sustainable trend

Environmental concern is urgent. It is also timeless. Have you ever caught yourself thinking, wow, this sustainability trend sure is taking off, isn’t it? You’d have good reason for thinking that. Fidelity, the investment giant declared last year as the year “sustainability went mainstream” declaring that “professional and private investors alike are realizing that sustainability […]
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3 Big Reasons to Protect Small Forests

We hear a lot about the importance of preserving the Earth’s major rainforests. What about forested areas that aren’t as vast? The Amazon. The Australian brush. The Indonesian palm rainforests. The Congo Rainforest and Basin. A lot of these major rainforests are familiar names to people concerned about the fight to protect the planet. And […]
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Sustainability challenges and advantages of each Enneagram type

Perhaps you’re familiar with the Enneagram. If not, then the rest of this article might not make much sense, and it might be worth getting familiar with the personality profile system that has seen a resurgence in popularity over the past few years. With origins that go back to the church centuries ago, the Enneagram has […]
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Sustainability cannot be achieved without indigenous leadership.

First Nations communities lose the most during climate change but often have the most insight on how to respond. “These fires have obliterated entire forests, and, with it, they’re obliterating the cultural memory of our Aboriginal groups,” declared Bhiamie Eckford-Williamson, a Euahlayi indigenous research associate in Australia. “The burning of these scarred trees is one […]
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Do alarming messages do more harm to environmental campaigns in the long run?

Is that even the right question to ask? “The world was just issued a 12 year ultimatum on climate change” “A terrifying look at the consequences of climate change” “Climate crisis: 11,000 scientists warn of ‘untold suffering’” The above headlines ran on The Smithsonian, The Economist, and The Guardian, respectively. Together, they represent a common […]
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Climate Change in the Eastern Congo: A current look at impact

Recent reports outline the extreme vulnerability of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to climate change. The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) can be one of the hardest places to live. Widespread hunger, the outbreak of epidemics, and political instability have led the UNDP to rank the central African country’s development at the lowest […]
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Generosity and partnership make all the difference

Our work over the past year is a testament to your contribution. Plant With Purpose has just unveiled the fiscal year 2019 edition of its Annual Report. The report is a summary of program results, successes, and outputs over the past fiscal year. As a publication, it serves as a measuring stick of outcomes, a […]
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Are we missing out on one of our planet’s greatest lifelines?

A group of people 800 million strong are critical to solving our environmental crisis. Our planet is undoubtedly at a critical moment right now. Various reports show that close to a million species are at risk of extinction. Meanwhile, 2030 has been projected as the date by which changes to the earth’s climate will have […]
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