Mormons Want to Save The Planet: it’s part of their theology but many shy away from being called environmentalists 

By Emma Penrod- published 03/27/2018 in the Salt Lake Tribune’s LDS Conference edition insert   There are many words Farmington resident Alicia Connell might use to describe herself. Mormon. Mother. Realtor. But up until a few years ago, ”environmental activist” didn’t seem to fit.  “It’s not that it was told to me by the church, […]

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America to Trump and Zinke: Don’t Touch National Monuments 

New analysis finds near-unanimous support of Bears Ears and other national monuments as public comment period closes, including a 9‑to‑1 margin among Utahns by Aaron Weiss- Media Director for Center for Western Priorities- published July 10, 2017 in Medium Corporation’s Westwise online publication With just hours remaining in President Trump’s 60-day public comment period reviewing 21 years of […]

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MESA’s Statement Following The Utah DEQ’s Affirmative Vote on The New Rules on Monitoring and Repairing Leaks at Well Sites 

by Ty Markham, Chair of MESA- posted on January 4, 2018 A few months ago in October (2017), as part of MESA’s campaign to support Utah’s Department of Environmental Quality (the DEQ’s) new rules on monitoring, reporting and repairing of toxic leaks at well sites, MESA created a petition expressing support of the new rules.  […]

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MESA’s petition to the Utah Dept. of Environmental Quality 

As God’s earthly stewards we must protect His gift of divine creation!   Support Clean Air! by Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance Tell the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) you support clean air standards.  Heavenly Father has made us accountable for protecting and preserving our earthly home for future generations. But rising smog levels brought on […]

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Paleontology of Bears Ears National Monument, Utah 

This is a guest post to the PLOS Paleontology Community by guest blogger Robert Gay. Rob is the Curator of Education at the Museum of Western Colorado, and also frequently contributes to the blog Prehistoric Pub. He can be found on Twitter @Paleorob. Thank you, Rob, for contributing to the PLOS Paleo Community! The opinions and views expressed herein are those of […]

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MESA Chair’s Letter to Secretary of Interior designee Ryan Zinke 

  February 9, 2017 Dear Hon. Zinke, Leader McConnell, Leader Schumer, Speaker Ryan, and Leader Pelosi: I am writing on behalf of Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance (AKA: “MESA”), a 501-c3 non-profit registered in Utah which I chair.  MESA represents the views of LDS Church members and followers in Utah and across the nation.  We connect […]

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Grassroots Organizations’ Climate Solidarity Statement 

Over the past few years, the U.S. Climate Network and Oxfam have been tracking nationwide grassroots organizations and uprisings focused on local & global climate issues.  The two organizations are spearheading an effort to awaken members of Congress to the extent of this groundswell calling for swift action to confront the urgent and real dangers […]

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Wildlife Advocates Hold Rallies to Save Mexican Gray Wolf 

By: The Associated Press Published: January 14, 2016 Ty Markham of the Mormon Environmental Stewardship Alliance speaks in front of the Capitol in Salt Lake City on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016. Markham pointed to theology as justification for opening southern Utah lands for Mexican gray wolf recovery. Her group believes the wolves play a key […]

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Top Climate Expert: Crisis is Worse Than We Think & Scientists Are Self-Censoring to Downplay Risk 

The article is an interview by Democracy Now’s host, Amy  Goodman, with  Kevin Anderson, director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, and professor of energy and climate change at the Univ. of Manchester.  The interview is printed below, but can be viewed directly at this link: http://www.democracynow.org/2015/12/8/top_climate_expert_crisis_is_worse Ahead of the U.N. climate change […]

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Unearthing America’s Deep Network of Climate Change Deniers 

A new study attempts the first tally of those driving the peculiarly American strain of climate change denial. by Eric Roston- November 30, 2015  Bloomberg Business The American public has turned away from outright denial of climate change. Sixty-three percent of adults describe the problem as “serious” in the latest opinion poll from the Washington Post and ABC News, a […]

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COP21: Pope’s Adviser Urges Catholics to Join Climate Marches 

By Matt McGrathEnvironment correspondent, BBC News, Paris  (http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34948805) The Pope’s closest adviser on ecology has urged Catholics to join global climate marches planned for Sunday.  In an internal letter to bishops, Cardinal Peter Turkson says people should be “encouraged” to exercise their “ecological citizenship”.  The letter says that climate negotiators meeting in Paris need to […]

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Climate change: Why methane gas is leaking from the ocean floor 

Researchers suggest warming oceans maybe releasing giant plumes of harmful methane that fuel climate change. What is the US doing to deal with methane? By Beatrice Gitau, Christian Science Monitor, Oct. 17, 2015 Giant plumes of methane gas appear to be bubbling up off the Pacific Northwest coast.  This is according to a new study which […]

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Major coral bleaching crisis spreads worldwide 

Scientists are warning that devastating bleaching of colorful coral, triggered by global warming and El Nino, is becoming a worldwide crisis. By Seth Borenstein, AP Science Writer OCTOBER 8, 2015 WASHINGTON — The bleaching of colorful coral is spreading into a worldwide, devastating crisis, scientists say, and they predict it will likely get worse. Triggered by […]

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HOT WATER: Uranium mining threatens aquifers that could provide the drought-stricken West with emergency water supplies. 

 BRIAN PALMER | @PALMERBRIAN | September 2015 in ON EARTH   PHOTO: ALAN LEVINE/FLICKROrphan Mine, a former uranium mine on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon Mining uranium, the fuel for nuclear reactors, is a dirty business. Following World War II, mining companies extracted millions of tons of uranium from Navajo tribal lands in the […]

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The European Migrant Crisis Is A Nightmare. The Climate Crisis Will Make It Worse. 

Hundreds of thousands of migrants are seeking refuge in Europe, but millions more will be displaced as the climate warms. Peter Mellgard Associate Editor, The WorldPost Posted: 09/05/2015 12:34 PM EDT | Edited: 09/05/2015 12:37 PM EDT CREDIT: REBECCA BLACKWELL/ASSOCIATED PRESS2-year-old Aliou Seyni Diallo eats dry couscous given to him by a neighbor, after he collapsed […]

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