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Faith Goes Green

By Dayanti Karunaratne
April 22, 2009
File under: Carbon Emission Reduction, Environmental Concerns


Earth Day provides an opportunity to reflect on our relationship with the planet and celebrate our passion for a healthy environment. Recently, more faith groups are joining in this dialogue. As environmental messages ring from pulpits and the ‘go green’ mantra is chanted worldwide, faith communities are providing a new moral mandate in the green movement.

Diana Cartwright of Ottawa, Canada is a founding member of Faith and the Common Good (FCG), a national not-for-profit group that brings faith communities together on environmental initiatives.

“There’s many ways that religion motivates people in a very positive way,” says Cartwright, an Environment Canada employee and member of the Bahá’i faith. “When [environmental action] is within a faith context, and people feel it’s part of the moral mandate, they’re more likely to act on it.”

Cartwright is part of a growing global movement that sees faith and environmentalism as inextricably linked. By taking a closer look at religious teachings and working together on campaigns, faith-based environmental groups like FCG are reaching new sectors of society and providing insight into the current environmental crisis. …read more of Faith Goes Green here

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Green Building Laws: Hawaii

By Dayanti Karunaratne
March 5, 2009
File under: Legislation


A Natural Progression or Micro-managing?

To what extent does legislation move the green building movement forward, and when does it become micro-managing?

In June 2008, Hawaii became the first state to require solar water heaters. Designed to decrease dependency on fossil fuels, starting in 2010 most new one-family homes will be equipped with these green building devices. The Aloha State has announced a goal of having 70 per cent of their energy needs come from renewable resources by 2030.

More recently, however, another solar energy bill championed by groups like the Sierra Club has had a harder time.

It is jokingly referred to as the “right to dry” act, because it would allow homeowners to set up clotheslines. …read more of Green Building Laws: Hawaii here

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