Interfaith Environmental Initiative of Alabama is a network of volunteers. IEIA has a watersheds and climate change focus, collaborates with other organizations, and is a vehicle for communication between the science and faith communities.
We are a community-based network connecting members of faith, science, education, environmental, business, government and the arts sectors to learn together and encourage and inspire informed choices for Care of Creation.
Why faith and science?
Dr. E. O. Wilson, in his book The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, suggests that in order to engage the environmental issues that face us today, “it will be necessary to find common ground on which the powerful forces of religion and science can be joined. The best place to start is the stewardship of life.”
The critical importance of caring for the life of Earth emerges from both the injunctions of the sacred texts of faith communities and the findings of scientific inquiry.
• Science and religious traditions provide knowledge, understanding and a methodology for addressing environmental issues.
• Faith communities often involve persons engaged in scientific inquiry, and science communities include people of faith.
• Faith and science communities have networks that are already providing education for youth and adults.
• Engaging science and faith provides a way for a broad constituency of Alabama citizens to more fully explore our daily choices about stewardship of creation.
Interfaith Environmental Initiative of Alabama is a collaborative network. Our network’s focus includes education, support, outreach and public events.
Our network’s focus includes education, support, outreach and public events. We share success stories, are a support to each other, and spread the word about Care of Creation. Interfaith Environmental Initiative of Alabama is results-oriented and is committed to sharing information that is actionable. This initiative is looking for measurable feedback and for results related to what is happening at the local level. Interfaith Environmental Initiative of Alabama wants to touch people’s passion for sustaining and enhancing the life of Earth, even as it provides scientifically substantiated, clear practical actions that can be “taken home” and implemented immediately.
CONTEXT FOR USE
As a resource for making connections with the faith community around climate change issues.
ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING MATERIALS
Recommended reading: The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, E. O. Wilson
Students can be engaged in projects working with similar groups and supporting the group's events around climate change and finding solutions at a local and individual level.
Assessment is at the discretion of the educator and how this site is used.