Carol Landis's Blog (59)

How about your pastor/clergy/faith leader?

Below are the first 3 paragraphs of an interesting report (from Nashville) about Protestant pastors' responses and actions about climate change...

"NASHVILLE, Tenn. — While many churches are acting "green," the majority of pastors disagree global warming is real and man made. The percentage of skeptics has dropped since 2010, but the percentage is still higher than in 2008, according to a survey by LifeWay Research.

The October 2012 survey of Protestant…


Added by Carol Landis on April 24, 2013 at 8:35pm — No Comments

Excellent blog post about Keystone XL Pipeline

I strongly urge you to read and consider this pastor's opinion about the Keystone XL pipeline, and then to act on this information by informing your legislators (both here in TN and in Washington DC) about your opinion.

(It is clear to me that we must do a better job of communicating with our legislators and also in holding them accountable for their…


Added by Carol Landis on April 17, 2013 at 8:50pm — No Comments

Earth Week Activities?

Hi all:  Emily sent out an e-message recently asking people to share activities planned by and for your faith group as you celebrate Earth Week later this month. Please check with other members from your faith community to see if they've sent the info to Emily already. If not, please do send us the dates, times, and locations. We're urging people to branch out and visit other faith groups...or to invite others to your event.

As you know, timing is everything...and sometimes we have…


Added by Carol Landis on April 2, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Hindu Teachings about the Environment

GreenFaith invites us to participate in another free online seminar (a "webinar")...

Join us for Hindu Teachings on the Environment, a webinar with Dr. Pankaj Jain – GreenFaith’s Hindu Scholar in Residence - on April 4 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET. …


Added by Carol Landis on March 22, 2013 at 10:50am — No Comments

Events at ETSU before Earth Day!

What are your plans for Earth Day in your area?  We ask that you "bloom where you are planted" in April, on behalf of GINI and to spread our support of local, regional, and state level actions to better steward our Earth, to benefit humanity now and into the future.

Please post a reply with your Earth Day (Earth Week) activities, so that we can learn the scope of what's going on, but also so that we might choose to visit…


Added by Carol Landis on March 20, 2013 at 11:53am — No Comments

Student survey about windpower in the Carolinas

Hi Folks,

A colleague in SC passed this along today.  There is a grad student at Clemson University who is conducting a survey of attitudes towards offshore wind energy in the Carolinas.  If you are a resident and/or have been a tourist in the…

Added by Carol Landis on March 20, 2013 at 11:06am — No Comments

Invitation from ETSU's ECO group

This Thursday night 2/28 at 7pm in Rogers-Stout Hall Rm 428 we will be watching a short doc on either MTR or Fracking. Followed by a brief presentation by one of the organizers from Mountain Justice explaining their "March on UBS" campaign as well as updates on the demonstrations planned starting the first week in March.

There is also an impromptu sign making party being planned for the same night in the same room. Your presence as well as your fellow Green Interfaith Networker's…


Added by Carol Landis on February 26, 2013 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Invitation about "Flight Behavior" (Kingsolver)

We invite you to meet online to discuss the fiction novel “Flight Behavior” by Barbara Kingsolver Thursday 2/28/13  at 3:30 MT/4:30 CT/5:30 ET. “Flight Behavior” is set in rural Tennessee, where a woman’s narrow life is burst wide open by the consequences of an unusual migration of monarch butterflies to her town.  We will be joined on this webinar by special guest Dr. Karen Oberhauser, monarch butterfly researcher and Barbara Kingsolver’s science source for…


Added by Carol Landis on February 15, 2013 at 6:14pm — No Comments

Global Warming & Winter Storm Nemo!

Below is an excerpt from an e-mail received this morning from the IPL headquarters. Please feel free to share!

"When talking about the connections between Nemo (or any storm) and climate change, take care to make accurate statements about these connections. Here are some tips for talking about this potentially historic blizzard:

Paint the big picture.

Climate change is changing the weather. The past few years have been marked by…


Added by Carol Landis on February 9, 2013 at 7:05pm — No Comments

Update from LEAF: MTR / Nashville

Action Alert - February 7, 2013 

Hello friends of mountains,


The Tennessee legislature is back in Nashville with some new faces and new committees, and for the 6th year, so is the Tennessee Scenic Vistas Protection Act. This session the bill numbers are HB 0043 and SB 0099.


This year, the House bill is sponsored by Knoxville teacher and freshman…


Added by Carol Landis on February 7, 2013 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Invitation from Rev. Sally Bingham

Rev. Canon Sally Bingham sent the following message today:

"Yesterday, as I heard the president speak eloquently about the threat that climate change poses to our children and our call from God to preserve the planet, I was encouraged. Now we need to act by making this year's national Preach-In on climate change the biggest one yet! Whether you are clergy, a lay leader, green team member, or a parishioner,…


Added by Carol Landis on January 22, 2013 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Energy Efficiency Comments to TVA Board

Hi all:  I'm sharing a blog written by a fellow member of the TN Healthy Energy Campaign (THE Campaign). Do you also see the same moral/ethical responsibilities that GINI espouses being expressed in this blog entry?



Added by Carol Landis on January 8, 2013 at 12:09pm — No Comments

Ponies and other observations

     I am so hopeful for 2013! I'm officially retired from OSU as of New Year's Day, and we have some pretty big changes happening at the nano-farm, too. The big ones are that we had our geothermal furnace installed and bought two "ponies" this month. The larger one (Samson) is a real pony; Rusty is a mini-horse. But we still refer to them as "the ponies." They're very sweet 8-year-old geldings, so they're teenagers, I guess. Samson is trained to pull a cart, and can also be ridden by a…


Added by Carol Landis on December 30, 2012 at 8:51pm — No Comments

40 Days of Prayer for Our Mountains



LEAF, the Lindquist Environmental…

Added by Carol Landis on November 28, 2012 at 10:34am — No Comments

Our actions and intentions RE: energy

In the past week, I've discussed with several different people the distinctions and the similarities between and among three TN-based environmentally focused organizations that I support. This situation caused me to wonder if others also feel some amount of duplication of effort. I've begun to feel we might be more effective with better collaboration toward a common goal.


Two of the three organizations require no membership dues or fees, so it's not a matter of choosing which…


Added by Carol Landis on November 20, 2012 at 11:59am — 1 Comment

Invitation from TN Interfaith Power & Light

Climate change threatens humanity with severe environmental, social and moral consequences. We are called to practice what we know through our faith—to sustain life and to show compassion.  What we do will make all the difference in the world.


TN Interfaith Power & Light is the state affiliate of a network of faith communities working across the U.S., offering a spiritual response to climate change. Our mutual efforts will protect our climate through upholding the…


Added by Carol Landis on November 11, 2012 at 8:33pm — No Comments

moving house plants back inside?

Hi all:  This came through my e-mail, but since we have so many gardening and plant-friendly types, I thought I'd share the best of it. (See below)

Start by preparing your indoor space.  Move furniture to make space nearest the window. Many…

Added by Carol Landis on October 23, 2012 at 2:05pm — No Comments

10-point Action Plan?

With guidance from GINI members (representing 13 faith groups in NE Tennessee), we now have all the nuts and bolts in place to build GINI. That's awesome! If you'd like to help, please let us know. I have another suggestion, too. Let's also step out and plan things to do. Let's lay out an activity a month and set some dates. I happen to have a list of ideas, and you may have others.  We can do any of these things in stages (or make it a one-time all-out effort). We can do them…


Added by Carol Landis on September 21, 2012 at 11:00pm — No Comments

The Alliance of Religions and Conservation

In an ongoing endeavor to better understand our common values and beliefs about humanity and nature, I've been doing some online reading. We're including some of the information I've gathered in a presentation that is being developed for members to use when inviting other individuals and faith communities to join GINI.

I found this website to be very helpful and thought I should share it. The website for the …


Added by Carol Landis on August 31, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Press Release about July 10 (fracking in TN)

Download a printable copy FOR%20IMMEDIATE%20RELEASE.docx



July 2, 2012

Knoxville, TN

Contact:  Sandra Goss, Executive Director, Tennessee Citizens for Wilderness Planning (865) 583-3967,


The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation will hold two public hearings Tuesday,…


Added by Carol Landis on July 7, 2012 at 7:07pm — No Comments


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