Earth Rising is a blog about being alive in the 21st century. We believe in living life to the hilt, to the best of our abilities, and to the glory of God. What’s our one-word focus? Stewardship. The idea of Biblical stewardship is what drives us. And it is an all-encompassing concept: It takes us exploring into contested environmental frontiers, navigating controversial social webs, challenging physical and ideological boundaries, and even diving into murky financial and political waters. We’re all from different places, with different upbringings, and different ways of viewing the world. But we are all unified in our love for Jesus Christ, and our desire to do life in community with others. With this diversity comes a variety of writing styles and topic choices, and more topics and styles will be added as we add more bloggers (are you interested in submitting a post? Click here for our submission guidelines). Our goal is to make people think critically through the unending wave upon wave of issues facing the world today.

Earth Rising provides a space for many voices, some of those voices publish regularly, some every so often, and some once in a blue moon. Below is a list of staff and frequent contributors.


Megan Toombs                                                                                                                                                                    Editor of Earth Rising

Megan is the Director of Communications at the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation.  In her articles on Earth Rising she explores the many interconnections between Biblical earth stewardship (as opposed to radical environmentalism) and its interconnection with environmental, energy, and education policy, as well as the direct impacts American domestic and foreign policy have on people in poverty both in the U.S. and around the world. You can reach her by email at, or on Twitter @MeganToombs.

Vijay Jayaraj                                                                                                                                                            Contributing Writer

Vijay is the Research Associate for Developing Countries for the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. He has a Masters of Science in Environmental Science, and currently lives in India. Vijay loves to blog about the differences between the West and India, as well as city vs. rural life in a developing country.


J.D. King                                                                                                                                                                      Contributing Writer

J.D. loves Jesus, his wife Katherine, hiking, camping, hunting, fly fishing, and filmmaking. He is the Director of two documentaries, BLUE and Crying Wolf. Although originally from the Midwest, he now calls Texas home.


Kyle Jorstad                                                                                                                                                              Contributing Writer

Kyle is a student at Grove City College studying political science with minors in Spanish and economics. Passionate for writing and educational discourse, Kyle plans on enrolling in law school following graduation.

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James Wanliss                                                                                                                                                            Contributing Writer

James Wanliss, Ph.D., is Professor of Physics at Presbyterian College, Clinton, SC. He is a Senior Fellow and Contributing Writer for The Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation, and author of Resisting the Green Dragon: Dominion, Not Death. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed physics articles, has held the NSF CAREER award, and does research in space science and nonlinear dynamical systems under grants from NASA and NSF. He regularly blogs at


Earth Rising is a project of the Cornwall Alliance for the Stewardship of Creation. Authors opinions are their own.



    I would like to know why there is nothing on here about the negative affect of industrial animal agriculture, and the hugh carbon footprint that it leaves. This is a major problem polluting the Earth in so many ways as wells as contributing to world hunger. We need to stop the industrialization of animals. There is no reason why this shouldn’t be part of the plan at the summit in Paris, but no one seems to ever confront this because of how many people would be made uncomfortable. It’s time to stop this abomonation.

  2. Since the actual warming effect of increased CO2 in the atmosphere is minimal, with little prospect of harm, there’s no need to worry about CO2 emissions from agriculture. Further, increased CO2 concentration in the atmosphere increases plant growth, making more food available for animals and humans, helping the poor most of all. Concerns about CO2 emissions, therefore, are not good grounds for opposing industrial animal agriculture. Concerns about animal welfare are distinct and in some instances are justified, though not in all, and must be weighed against the need to provide sufficient meat at low enough cost to meet needs for human health. Because industrial animal agriculture raises much more meat on far fewer acres than traditional husbandry, it is actually good for the environment, leaving more land available for forest and other uses.

    Thanks for your question!

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