Mary-Jane Ferrier, RSCJ, is deeply committed to protecting the environment, especially in her corner of the world, South Portland, Maine. She is a long-time member of citizens-action group, Protect South Portland, which was formed to stop ExxonMobil from turning South Portland into a major export facility for Canadian tar sands oil. On Monday, July 21, the South Portland City Council voted to pass the Clear Skies Ordinance to protect the city from a tar sands crude oil terminal.
The Healthy Waters and Coastal Restoration Interest Group was formed in 2009 through the desire of RSCJ to pray, reflect and act together around issues related to the water crisis and coastal degradation. Formed in response to the continuing environmental crisis in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, the first gathering was held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to discuss what could be done, in partnership with others, to address our fragile ecosystem and water issues in the world.