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SXSW 2021

Inspiring Faith to 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. Now as sea-level rise, extreme heat waves, and historic flooding of farmlands become our new normal, this panel will discuss how religious leaders across faiths are embracing being better stewards of the planet, framing climate action as a moral issue, and helping the world embrace solutions. Hear from leading climate scientists, ministers and young evangelicals working to appeal to faith-based hearts and minds.

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  1. The importance of talking about climate change, and how to talk to people of faith about climate change.
  2. What are the biblical foundations around creation care and being better stewards of this planet?
  3. How to find common ground to bridge the political divide around climate change.



Lauren Fimbres Wood, Director of Strategic Communications, Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego

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