Monday, January 7, 2019

Right Speech: How to Talk about Climate Change

God be in my head, and in my understanding; God be in mine eyes, and in my looking; God be in my mouth, and in my speaking: god be in mine heart, and in my thinking; God be at my end, and and my departing.   - John Rutter (b. 1945)

This is the third installment in an eight part series that offers information and tips related to climate action and protecting our environment. The SEC's Eightfold Path of Environmental Action is a companion series to a video that is scheduled to be launched in 2019.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Like a Dickensonian Ghost Greta Thunberg Offers a Chilling Rebuke and a Haunting Warning

Fifteen year old Greta Thunberg spoke truth to power at the recent UN COP24 climate talks. Speaking on behalf of environmental non-governmental organizations she delivered one of the most powerful speeches ever delivered on climate action. Like a ghost from Charles Dickens' 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol she shows us what we have done, what we are doing and what we must do. She cuts through our excuses for inaction and exposes the insanity of our failure to do what common sense dictates we must. Here are the full transcripts of two speeches that she delivered at COP24:

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Justice Issues Including Climate Action Discussed at Primates Meeting in Preparation for Lambeth 2020

At the end of November, Anglican leaders from the Americas and the Caribbean gathered in Toronto for the regional Primates’ Meeting. The primates discussed the Lambeth Conference 2020 and they said they are "asking that our reality be made a priority," this includes the issues of refugees, violence, economic injustice, and climate change.

Monday, December 10, 2018

Faith Leaders are Ideal Climate Leaders

In a recent BBC broadcast, Ruth Valerio discussed the role of religions and faith leaders in efforts to address climate change.

Valerio states that Christians and other faith leaders are well positioned to promote climate action.  "I think faith communities all around the world have a huge part to play. Faith leaders are uniquely placed to be able to support and motivate communities all around the world. They can help their members to take actions both individually and also holding governments to account."

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Episcopal Bishop Marc Andrus' Climate Activism at COP24

In this November 30, 2018 Episcopal News Service article Lynette Wilson reports on Episcopal Bishop Marc Andrus' climate activism at COP24 in Poland. Bishop Marc Andrus represents the Presiding Bishop and Episcopalians advocate for the environment at COP24.

Wildfires. Hurricanes. Four straight record-setting years of increasing temperatures. Ocean acidification. Sea-level rise. Species loss. Drought. All are made worse by climate change, fueling humanitarian crises as people are forced to flee their homes because of natural disaster or changes in their environment.