Guided by biblical teaching, the National Religious Partnership for the Environment seeks to encourage people of faith to weave values and programs of care for God's creation throughout the entire fabric of religious life and to bring the religious voice to the forefront as we join together to address environmental concerns and care for God's Earth and God's people.
As a profound reflection on the damaged nature of our relationship to creation, climate change is one of the most concerning issues to faith leaders of many faith traditions. The burdens of climate change impacts aren't borne by us equally; part of our work requires us to attend to climate justice and address related social and economic injustices.
Clean water is both a fundamental spiritual and physical need. Water, with its connective and restorative properties, helps us connect with God's creation and sustains us. Attending to clean water access is an important part of our need to address environmental justice.
The religious community has a particular concern for God's creatures. Every species is part of a fragile web of life, and the loss of a species is an irreparable blow to the balance of an entire ecosystem. We can provide for a new "Noah's Ark" through species protection.
Access to land is one of the most tangible issues of environmental justice; in addition, beautiful, pristine lands help us feel a sense of awe at the marvel of God's creation and allows us to reflect on and connect to our spirituality. Our stories are held on God's lands and our faith requires us to ensure that public lands tell the stories of all communities.
News & Statements
Religious Organizations Call for Stronger Methane Pollution Standards
Fifteen major religious organizations joined together in a letter to the EPA , encouraging the agency to adopt and implement more robust methane pollution standards. Leaders from diverse faith traditions such as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, and the Islamic Society of North America, voiced concern for the disproportionate impact that methane pollution has on communities of color and urged measures such as limited flaring, provisions to capture associated gas, stronger storage tank standards, and clear guidelines for community participation and industry accountability.
Faith Organizations Urge Biden to Designate Nevada National Monument
Fourteen national and regional faith organizations urged President Biden to designate Avi Kwa Ame as a National Monument and thus honor his November promise to protect this sacred site. The designation would help protect an ecological important area and wildlife corridor as well as provides recreational access for visitors and nearby communities. Most importantly, this designation would protect the sacred lands and spiritual practices of Tribal communities in the area.
“Protecting religious liberty and honoring sacred sites demands that this land be permanently protected as a national monument,” the groups wrote in their letter to President Biden. Click left to view letter.
NRPE Applauds EPA's New Truck NOX Standard
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Heavy Duty Truck NOX Standard released yesterday is a welcome step in curbing dangerous pollution that so often impacts frontline communities first and worst. This is a move in the right direction to protect God's people and God's creation" -- NRPE Statement