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Churches and denominations in New England are divesting from fossil fuel companies, in an effort to bring awareness to the environmental impact of the industry and our oil-heavy modern lifestyle.

While public and religious opinion on fuel issues (climate change, incentive for foreign policy, local fallout of "fracking", etc.) remains divided, many Christians are considering the profound economic and environmental impact of petroleum acquisition and use. An increasing number of church leaders are viewing fossil-fuel dependence as a moral issue of environmental stewardship and human flourishing.

"The churches' assets, usually congregational endowments or staff pension funds, are a minuscule share of the titanic fossil fuel industry. But proponents say religious divestment could underscore the damage greenhouse gas emissions are wreaking on the planet and make it socially toxic for the companies to continue business as usual."

Via Pew Forum

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