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People Of Faith Take To Streets

Use cleaner mode of transportation

Gorge Ecumenical Ministries invites area faith communities to join with people throughout the globe on Sept. 24 and 25 to bring attention to the realities of climate change and the urgent need to turn to cleaner modes of transportation and sources of energy.

"We are inviting people of faith who care about creation to put their concern into action and use 'green' forms of transportation to travel to worship next weekend," said Rev. Vicky Stifter, pastor of Riverside Community Church and an event coordinator.

GEM suggests that people consider, walking, biking and carpooling with neighbors as a way to reduce their carbon footprint.

The GEM sponsored event will take place as part of "Moving Planet," an international day of action sponsored by the nonprofit organization 350.org.

Thousands of faith communities throughout Oregon, Washington State, the nation and the world are participating, including Bethel United Church of Christ in White Salmon and Riverside Community Church in Hood River.

"Although the problems of climate change are immense, together, we can and will make a difference," said Rev. Stifter.

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