Environment News

Papal Encyclical on Climate

You may have heard a stir in the news that pairs the pope and climate action. Maybe you are like me, and you find that pairing very encouraging.

Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, Laudato sii: On the Care of our Common Home, is a teaching document for leadership of the Church, but also for Catholics as a whole. Encyclicals generally discuss important aspects of Catholic Doctrine.

Unapologetically Rural: Clean Energy

“The biggest issue on climate right now is that there is no awareness. We need to let people know.” Those words from our annual report came from Arlyn Schipper.

Last March Arlyn Schipper, a conventional grain farmer in Grundy Center, Iowa, took part in an event we hosted in a nearby town church hall. Our conversation focused on the threat climate change poses to modern agriculture. Until last year Arlyn didn’t believe in climate change. Six months later he was asking a room of 75 rural citizens to take action.

Belgrade Solar Tour Generates Energy and Interest

Solar energy was the main topic of interest on May 16 at Jim Knopik’s farm near Belgrade, Neb. More than 20 visitors watched the electric meter change speed when the sun came from behind the clouds on the partly-cloudy day. Jim noted, “My meter actually runs backwards on days when the sun is fully exposed and my usage is low."

Revised Clean Water Rule Is Refined and Improved

On May 27, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized the Clean Water Rule to protect the streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation’s water resources from pollution and degradation.
 
Water is life… for people, crops, livestock, and wildlife as well as farms, ranches, business and industry. The proposed Clean Water Rule is a crucial step in clearing the regulatory waters and protecting the quality of America’s surface waters, our most vital natural resource.
 

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