West Virginia congregations respond to climate change

Dec 10, 2019 | What's New

The Presbyterian Outlook

By Leslie Scanlon. December 5,2019

Here we are in West Virginia, the heart of coal country. This is a place where Presbyterians could give some answers to the “What can we do?” question about climate change.

Both the Spencer and Glenville congregations used a company called Solar Holler to install the panels, and got advice from Robin Blakeman, a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) minister who serves as project coordinator for the Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition. Blakeman is an eighth-generation West Virginian, who says her work on environmental issues – which includes some faith-based initiatives – “feels like my real calling.” She has worked, for example, to help establish a West Virginia chapter of Interfaith Power and Light, and to protect small family cemeteries from being desecrated by mountaintop removal. Read more here.

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