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Rachel Landman

At the Paris summit in December 2015, mayors from around the world met to sign a declaration in support of transition to 100% renewable energy in their cities. With more than half of the global population living in cities, cities are responsible for two-thirds of the global greenhouse gas emissions. This international declaration follows in the footsteps of the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement (2014), which was signed by more than 1,000 U.S. mayors from all 50 states and representing over one quarter of the U.S. population.

Last week, the Los Angeles City Council approved a...

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In January, world leaders launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and promote health and well-being for all by 2030. In order to achieve goal number three, “Ensuring healthy lives and promoting the well-being for all at all ages,” we must increase efforts to fully eradicate a wide range of diseases, and address persistent and emerging health issues. Although the international community is constantly combatting global health concerns such as malaria, in the past three years, we have also faced major health crises for which we were unprepared. The...

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Today, on Endangered Species Day, I am celebrating my favorite animal, the African elephant. Although I grew up seeing elephants in zoos, it was not until I was studying wildlife management in Kenya and Tanzania, and observed them in their natural habitat, that I truly understood what majestic creatures they are. One thing that makes elephants unique are their incredible memories and familial relationships. I pray that future generations are able to experience the same unforgettable feeling that I had while sitting in Lake Manyara Park observing elephant herds for the first time.


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Since the beginning of 2016, over 50 pieces of anti-refugee legislation have been introduced on the state and federal level, as anti-refugee sentiment has increased throughout the country. At the beginning of this year, we successfully pushed back against the American Security Against Foreign Enemies (SAFE) Act (H.R.4038), a bill that would have effectively halted resettlement for refugees from Syria and Iraq.  Although it passed the House following the tragic attacks in Paris in November 2015, it did not pass the Senate.

The Refugee Program Integrity Restoration Act of 2016 (H.R....

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Throughout the month of June, faith communities across the country are joining in a Refugees Welcome Campaign in honor of World Refugee Day on June 20. Faith communities, refugee resettlement organizations and human rights groups have formed a partnership to provide a vibrant welcome to refugees among us.

The goal of the Refugees Welcome campaign is to provide opportunities for refugees to share their experiences with faith and community groups to:

build friendships among diverse cultures and faiths strengthen public and private welcome of our refugee neighbors promote... Read More