by Dick Williams, GREENGRACE Co-Lead 10/2020 UPDATE: Bernadine Coates asked Bonnie Sorak of IPC to help recruit volunteers to perform much-needed maintenance of the bioswale, a green infrastructure improvement with stormwater fee rebate. Among a number of those going to work were John Marra from Blue Water Baltimore, which helped with the grant to fund […]
We plant and take care of trees because they shade us, provide cooler buildings, streets and neighborhoods, because they deliver soil aeration, erosion control, habitat for wildlife, and because they offer beauty. Trees supply the critical function of drawing down carbon from the atmosphere and putting it in the soil. As Bishop Eugene Sutton puts […]
“National Cathedral’s Earth Day virtual panel applies lessons from COVID-19 to the climate crisis” by Egan Millard for Episcopal News Service “Observing the 50th Earth Day under the COVID-19 lockdown was less of a celebration and more of a chance for reflection. Instead of rallies or parades, there were virtual discussions like the one hosted […]
A Green Solution to an Aging Stormwater System “Climate change means more floods, which overwhelm urban sewers and send raw sewage into rivers and streams. Philadelphia is aiming to capture rainwater before it flows into city drains.” By Frances Stead Sellers, The Washington Post “PHILADELPHIA — Julie Slavet leaned over the concrete culvert where Rock […]
Despite disappointing results of UN climate conference, The Episcopal Church is ‘still in’ for climate justice by Egan Miller “”This is the biggest disconnect between this process and what’s going on in the real world that I’ve seen,’ Alden Meyer, the director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists who has been […]
Greta Thunberg, the Swedish schoolgirl who inspired a global movement to fight climate change, has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019. “The 16-year-old is the youngest person to be chosen by the magazine in a tradition that started in 1927. “Speaking at a UN climate change summit in Madrid before the […]
By Dick Williams, Memorial Episcopal Church Tim Wheeler’s article for the Bay Journal reflects a certain level of sanity being stitched into land use practices around our state. Taming developer-propelled tract housing so as to lessen habitat and biodiversity destruction is critical to specie survival. Representing GreenGrace, I sat in on as many of the […]
by Dick Williams, Memorial Episcopal Church Let me introduce you to Janine Benyus, an American natural sciences writer who is largely credited with bringing the systems of biomimicry to light. She first published her book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, in 1997, then updated it in 2002. She’s the founder of the Biomimicry Institute where […]
Can Maryland’s Leader in Forest Loss Become a Model for Forest Conservation? “Anne Arundel County owns an unfortunate distinction: for nearly a decade, more forest has been cleared her than anywhere else in Maryland. [It] lost more than 300 acres of forest per year between 2010 and 2017, a rate equal to losing more than […]
Friday noon, October 11th, the 19-member Steering Committee of BALTIMORE ● Blue+Green+Just announced this new organization of which GreenGrace is a founding member. The intention of BlueGreenJust is to show Baltimore City leadership a new, positive approach for “a green, thriving, healthy and just city where every resident enjoys safe, nourishing green spaces, tree-lined streets, […]
What a thrill it was! GREENGRACE volunteers Ellen Hoitsma and Dick Williams presenting at Grace Episcopal Church, Darlington, on September 24th at the invitation of its Rector, the Rev. Lisa Bornt. We were well received, and it was an engaging and fruitful evening. OUR CHURCH’S COMMITMENT TO THE ENVIRONMENT – THE GREENGRACE ROADSHOW “You want […]
Bold, sensible actions needed to push Md. to net zero emissions BY DONALD F. BOESCH “As a scientist who spent a career studying the ocean, I am alarmed, but not surprised by the new United Nations report on the implications of climate change for oceans and Earth’s ice masses.” READ THE FULL BALTIMORE SUN ARTICLE […]
By Laurel Peltier, Greenlaurel, Church of the Redeemer Living our faith and choosing to be good stewards of our environment can take many forms. A meaningful climate-friendly step is to focus on two key levers that work together: Using less energy while also transitioning from fossil-fueled energy to renewable energy. STEP #1: REDUCE ENERGY: EmPOWER […]
Earth Day began in the U. S. in 1970 as a day to celebrate the planet and encourage people to be more environmentally friendly; pro-active even. It is now an annual event, and is widely regarded as the beginning of the modern environmental movement.
Climate change is real. Despite widespread confusion across the US population, 99% of scientists now agree that human-caused climate change is a reality. Scientifically speaking, there is just no doubt. We can see the signs of climate change in many independent processes
The fear was that the Chesapeake Bay Trust would decline the Mt. Royal PTO’s 2017 Watershed Assistance Grant request for $75,000 for a major de-pave and greening of the Mount Royal Elementary/ Middle Schoolyard in Baltimore’s Bolton Hill neighborhood.
by Laurel Peltier, Greenlaurel, Church of the Redeemer A pesky alien shellfish that wreaks havoc on waterways is getting closer and closer to Baltimore’s drinking water reservoirs. Zebra mussels, stowaways from Russia, were found last spring in Hyde’s Quarry in Westminster, Maryland. “Baltimore’s Department of Public Works has been ever-vigilant about keeping these invaders out, […]
An interfaith group planted 90 trees in the Jones Falls Watershed, showing what can be accomplished when groups coordinate to better the environment.
Our brothers and sisters in the MD/DE Lutheran Synod have again invited us to join in their native tree planting program celebrating 500 Years of the Reformation.
Here are some thoughts on Ecojustice Ethics and suggestions for ecojustEcitice witness and activities at the congregational level.
Has your group or organization been considering a “greening” project, but wondered where the cash will come from?
Water is a gift. Water is life. Clean water represents life and it is indeed a gift whether we are drinking it, recreating in it, or being baptized in it. So what is our role in keeping our water clean and safe? Keeping our Watershed Clean Clean water starts where we live….the Chesapeake Bay watershed. […]
Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases emitted due to the consumption of fossil fuels, such as coal and natural gas.
A grassroots campaign, the Maryland Clean Energy Jobs Initiative is working to enact legislation to ensure that 50 percent of Maryland’s electricity comes from renewable sources by 2030.