Reaching over 100 million families worldwide messaging started to change with

Reaching over 100 million families worldwide

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occurred. Reaching over 100 million families worldwide, messaging started to change with these words. For example, Richard Land, former President of the Southern Baptist Leadership Convention (SBLC) and one of the strongest Reagan supporters, agreed with the new group. He launched a new program for the environ- ment called, “We Get It,” and said that the need to care about the environment has become a priority. Within a month, the National Association of Evangelicals pro- duced a new slogan and campaign called, “Environmen- talism equals Creation Care.” This is where we are today, and we cannot ignore this positive shift with new slogans and actions world- wide funded with hundreds of millions of dollars. Here is a specific example: SBLC, launched the scientists Evangelical Project with Harvard University Center for Health and Environment with close to $20 million of SBLC funds to study how scientists and evangelicals can work together on solutions on solving environmental and health problems. Now 70% of evangelicals see glo- bal warming as a major threat. This shift has also occurred in less dramatic fashion among the Islamic community especially in the UK and Indonesia. In the Jewish community, among Conserva- tive, Reform and Reconstructionist groups, prayer texts have changed to include wording on health and envi- ronment. New initiatives have formed by synagogue net- works with Hillel International, and others. To conclude. We need to change our views of the faith community and recognize the massive changes that are happening right now. If we don’t, we become the obstacle. Thank you. Continuing, beginning on page 36 Executive Board Members with interns Natalia Hatki, WIT representative, Dr. Hanna Kapustyan, Speaker and Dr. Oksana Baczynska, guest fewer than 15% of evangelicals saw global warming as a threat to health and environment issues as priority for the church
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35 World Ecology Report World Information Transfer Summer-Fall 2009 World Information Transfer, Inc., (WIT) is a not-for-profit, non-govern- mental organization in General Consultative Status with the United Na- tions, promoting environmental health and literacy. In 1987, inspired by the Chornobyl nuclear tragedy, WIT was formed in recognition of the press- ing need to provide accurate actionable information about our deteriorat- ing global environment and its effect on human health. WIT exercises its mandate through: World Ecology Report (WER). Published since 1989, the World Ecology Report is a quarterly digest of critical issues in health and environment, produced in four languages and distributed to thousands of citizens throughout the developing and developed world. Health and Environment: Global Partners for Global Solutions Con- ference. Since l992, WIT has convened what we believe to be one of the world’s premier forums for the presentation of scientific papers by in- ternational experts on the growing clinical evidence supporting the link between degrading environments and diminished human health. The
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