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Clergy offers prayers for the environment at Chapel Hill vigil

Posted January 22

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— Concerns about the environment are the focus of prayer vigils taking place all across the country Sunday, including Chapel Hill.

More than 50 vigils happened across the nation and the aim was to hold them within the first 100 hours of the new Trump administration.

The group wasn't large, but they weren't deterred. They knew others across the country were praying for what they said all faiths have in common.

"Which is value and care for the Earth and the vulnerable communities," said Laura Gilliom with the Community Church of Chapel Hill.

Clergy and members of different faith groups gathered to pray and talk about environmental concerns. Candles were lit as various leaders talked about soil and water contamination and climate change.

There was also a call to action for attendees to call on their legislators to help create clean energy jobs.

Trump has said in the past that he doubts the validity of climate change. Clean air, water and natural habitats are all discussed ender the energy plan tab on the White House website.

A petition has already been posted to the site demanding the administration dd climate change, among other topics, back to the list of top issues. It had 170 signatures as of Sunday night.

“I’m going to wait and see. I’m not terribly optimistic when I hear that climate change was taken down from the White House website, but I’m hopeful that our new administration will listen to the people,” said Gilliom

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