Earth Ministry’s Standing up to Oil in Puget Sound project educates, inspires, and mobilizes people of faith to take action on oil projects, proposals, and policies that directly impact water quality in Tacoma’s Commencement Bay. Over the last five years, we have built a strong constituency that sees how protecting watersheds and water quality is a core tenet of their faith and understands the danger that unchecked oil expansion poses to Puget Sound. We will continue to expand capacity in Puget Sound congregations and bring the full force of the faith community to participate in strategic decision points in the year ahead.
Earth Ministry is uniquely positioned to engage religious leaders to stand up to oil. We will mobilize people of faith to prevent the expansion of two oil facilities in Tacoma, call for a long-term moratorium on new and expanded fossil fuel projects on the Tacoma Tideflats, and weigh in on the Washington Department of Ecology’s new statewide rule for evaluating fossil fuel projects, which will apply to any future oil facility proposals.
There is a need for clean water advocacy that is not only innovative and scientifically sound, but also hopeful and morally articulate. Earth Ministry brings a unique voice that adds depth to coalition efforts to protect our shared waters. With the support of the Rose Foundation, we will use a values-based framework to educate, train, empower, and provide opportunities for people of faith to take action for the health of Puget Sound and the diverse life it supports.