Jay Griffith writes:
My friend Mitch called me a while back in frustration with the air pollution along the Wasatch Front. It was really bad at the time and he was concerned for the health of his young family. We talked about the seeming apathy and inaction from many within our faith and legislature—at least in Utah—as well as the lack of official response from the Church regarding the environment. We wanted to do something to make a difference beyond what we were currently doing in our personal lives. From that conversation our wives and several other couples formed a group called The Mormon Stewards with a Facebook page of the same name. That conversation also provided the impetus for seeking this interview with Professor George Handley. Our hope was to help us and others be just that—better stewards of this most precious gift—the earth.
In this podcast Sarah Collett and I spend time with George exploring how he came to be one of the leading LDS advocates for “the environment,” how and why our faith informs and fires that passion, and how he navigates the complexities of being a part of a culture and church where most—at least in those large portions of conservative America—aren’t well informed about environmental stewardship, let alone want to change their lifestyle or advocate for it.
George Browning Handley is Professor of Comparative Studies, Interdisciplinary Humanities at Brigham Young University.
George Handley bio
LDS Earth Stewardship. A group and website George helped found.
Home Waters. Blog by George Handley. Ongoing essays and reflections on Patheos
The Mormon Stewards. Facebook group