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Renewal

Religious groups and the environment
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  February 20, 2008
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Renewal
Marty Ostrow and Terry Kay Rockefeller deliver a cross-section of what religious groups across the country are doing to help the environment. They avoid religious cheerleading and tree-huggery; instead, their film demonstrates that when it comes to keeping the earth from getting wrecked beyond repair, it isn’t a matter of us versus them, Christian versus Jew, or God versus Allah. Evangelicals, coming late to the movement, fight against mountain-top removal in Appalachia. In New Jersey, a congregation opts for solar paneling on its church through the work of an organization called Green Faith. The mostly Buddhist group Green Sangha works at paper recycling. The most interesting segment finds a Muslim organization in Southern Illinois working toward ethically raised and sustainable food. The kindly, white-bread organic farmer admits to an initial wariness about hooking up with the Muslims, but he joins them in a Ramadan feast that looks like a mini-multi-religion utopia. 90 minutes | MFA: February 21, 23, 24, 29; March 1-2
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