Presbyterians Caring for Creation
Wetlands are the link between land and water, and they are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world. They are not only beautiful but also functional, as they reduce storm damage and coastal erosion and provide one of the most productive ecosystems on earth. In Louisiana, marshes and swamps make up most of the wetlands.
In the United States, some wetlands are regulated under the Clean Water Act and the Rivers and Harbors Act. Some states and counties also have wetland protections.
Coastal wetlands provide a protective buffer against flooding and storm surge associated with hurricanes and other weather events.
More than one-third of the federally listed species on the Endangered Species Act rely directly or indirectly on wetlands for their survival.
Saltwater is covering what was once more than one million acres of vibrant, wildlife-rich freshwater marshes.
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Louisiana wetlands are melting into the ocean at an alarming rate—one football field disappearing every 30 minutes.
Louisiana contains 25% of the United States’ coastal wetlands and 40% of its salt marshes.
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To be considered a wetland, an area must be filled or soaked with water at least part of the year—some wetlands are actually dry at certain times of the year.
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Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Environmental Ministries exists to equip and connect you, your church, and your presbytery for your earth care ministry.
Joining Christ in the world, the Presbytery of South Louisiana strengthens congregations, empowers leaders, and impacts communities. The Presbytery of South Louisiana is a middle governing body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
The YAVs program in New Orleans offers many opportunities to engage the city on different levels and to seek God in the tension of sorrow and celebration.
Audubon Nature Institute, located in New Orleans, is a not-for-profit organization that celebrates the wonders of nature.
The EPA's Wetlands Program is dedicated to protecting the wetlands—one of the most important ecosystems in the world.
The DOI protects America’s natural resources and heritage, honors our cultures and tribal communities, and supplies the energy to power our future.
The CPRA works to establish a safe and sustainable coast that will protect our communities, the nation’s critical energy infrastructure, and our bountiful natural resources for generations to come.
The world’s leader in wetlands and habitat conservation.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Wetlands Restoration Fund will provide financial support for a theological wetlands education center in the Presbytery of South Louisiana.
Support Audubon Nature Institute as it preserves native Louisiana habitats—like the wetlands—by educating our diverse audience about the natural world.
Help protect wetlands and the homes of threatened and endangered wildlife through Defenders of Wildlife—working to protect our nation's wildlife since 1947.
Ducks Unlimited supports the conservation, restoration, and management of wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl.
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Inhabiting Eden: Christians, the Bible, and the Ecological Crisis
This thoughtful study explores the Scriptures for guidance on today’s ecological crisis, provides a biblical basis for thinking about our world differently, and prompts us to consider changing our own actions.
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This four-session study for youth explores the questions:
How Are We Related to God’s Creation?
What Does the Old Testament Say about Taking Care of Creation?
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What Else Can I Do to Be a “Green” Christian?