St. Louis Pastor Works to Enlighten and Bring More Youth Into the Environmental Movement

By Chelsea Blackmon

While researching methods to reduce the cost of electricity for his church, Rev. Rodrick Burton (pastor of New Northside Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis, MO) stumbled upon the concept of environmental sustainability. He started by purchasing solar panels for his church, then it was a snowball effect for him. The more he learned, the more he wanted to apply this knowledge to benefit his own community. 

The goals that he has for St. Louis are simple: bring other congregations in, educate young people on the topic as it relates to their own communities, and eventually have a regional conference surrounding all things environmentally conscious.  

Rev. Burton hopes for a future where young people will lead  environmental sustainability efforts. He recognizes that the demographic is concerned about the topic, but he also wishes to show them what they can do in their own communities. According to Rev. Burton, one way to spark interest would be...

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Co-Pastors in St. Louis Lead Environmental Practices By Example

By Chelsea Blackmon

Married pastors Rev. Clinton Stancil and Rev. Christine Stancil are deeply invested in the betterment of their community, starting with Wayman AME Church in St. Louis, MO. The Stancils’ long-term goal is to represent a productive, well-rounded community and they have been strategic in offering solutions to numerous issues facing their congregants and neighbors.

Rev. Clinton Stancil is no stranger to working at the forefront of social justice issues. His voice was frequently heard demanding for justice for Michael Brown in the wake of his murder by a white police officer. This experience is particularly relevant in today’s racially charged climate. 

Environmental racism is another issue impacting the Black community, including in St. Louis. The facts are undeniable, climate and pollution impacts people of color and low income families more than anyone else. There continues to be a need for sustainable...

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God Says, You Shall Not Pollute

By Jennifer Gibbs, GTC Director of Marketing & Communications

The entire world is on lockdown because of the coronavirus and while I grieve for the loss of friends and with families who have lost loved ones, this lockdown has in one way been a blessing. I am sure you are wondering how, with all the suffering of so many, could this be a blessing? I will explain. 

I am an asthmatic with COPD. I have been living with these conditions ever since I was hospitalized with pneumonia three and a half years ago.  It is most annoying and oftentimes embarrassing to be in a public setting and begin to cough uncontrollably. Those who suffer with asthma or COPD are all too familiar with what I am talking about. But for those who do not, this is my story. 

One of the symptoms of asthma is persistent nagging cough. There are different "triggers" that will cause symptoms to flare up. I mentioned pneumonia, there is also smoking, pollen, and one big "trigger" is AIR POLLUTION. ...

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