Executive Director, Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light
At Earth Ministry, our vision is a just and sustainable future in which people of all spiritual traditions fully embrace their faith’s call to environmental stewardship. As people of faith, we are called to love our neighbors as ourselves and to put our faith into action for justice.
In working toward that goal, it's imperative to remember that environmental justice is deeply interwoven with social and racial justice. We work for climate justice that addresses inequities tied to environmental health, and we strive to create a better future for generations to come.
The disproportionate and devastating impact of the climate crisis on Black and Indigenous people and the health disparities of people of color due to pollution must galvanize our efforts in addition to our desire to protect critically important species and ecosystems. The faith community has a powerful role to play in building bridges by working in coalition with religious, tribal, environmental, communities of color, labor, and other partners, and by understanding the intersectionality of our shared efforts. In organizing people of faith to advocate for environmental justice, we are transforming faith into action for the well-being of communities and the environment to create a better future for all.
LeeAnne Beres is Executive Director of Earth Ministry/Washington Interfaith Power & Light, one of the first groups in the country to connect faith with caring for the environment. Since joining Earth Ministry in 2005, LeeAnne has led development of the organization's nationally-recognized faithful advocacy program which empowers clergy and lay leaders to speak out on environmental justice issues.