Can Religion Embrace Climate Action?
In 2015, Pope Francis released Laudato Si, an encyclical on climate change, which called for developed nations to take immediate action on reducing greenhouse gases. The encyclical was rooted in the argument that the world’s poorest three billion people are going to suffer the worst consequences of climate change, even though they had little to do with the actions that are contributing to sea-level rise, extreme heat waves, and more. Can religious leaders encourage their followers to be better stewards of the planet? Can climate change action shift to be a moral issue rather than a political debate? This panel will feature climate scientists, ministers and young evangelicals working to appeal to faith-based hearts and minds.
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- How to talk about climate change to people of faith
- How to find common ground to bridge the political divide around climate change
- What are the biblical foundations around creation care and being better stewards of this planet?
- Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences , Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego
- Melody Zhang, Steering Committee Co-Chair, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action
- Matt Russell, Executive Director, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light
- Elizabeth Dias, National Faith and Values Correspondent, New York Times
Lauren Fimbres Wood, Director of Strategic Communications, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego