Climate change has increased the risk of nearly 60% of all known infectious diseases, including tick- and mosquito-borne diseases — like Lyme disease and dengue — and various food- and waterborne infections. Yale University reports.
After two weeks of intense deliberations in Glasgow, Scotland, diplomats from nearly 200 countries reached a deal to work together to stave off the worst effects of climate change for current and future generations. The Washington Post gives a helpful summary.
Europe has lead the world in efforts to reduce emissions that are linked to climate change, but this summer’s disastrous record floods have intensified calls for action. The Christian Science monitor reports. (Photo: US Geological Survey, public domain)
Thousands of plants, many of which certainly contain elements for healing medicines or nourishing food, are in danger of extinction from climate change and habitat loss, says the U.K.’s Royal Botanic Gardens. The study calls for plant conservation and stepped up research to identify plants before its too late. The BBC reports. (Photo: U.S. Forest […]
Now more than ever it’s time to help God’s people understand the responsibility humans have to care for God’s wonderful, perfect creation. This five-session study guide for congregations can help. Prepared by the National Council of Churches, posted on Interfaith Power & Light’s website.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and the first fully digital celebration thanks to COVID-19. As long as your faith community is gathering online, why not host an Earth Day teach-in about climate change? Visit the Earth Day website for this and many more helpful resources. (Photo: Kate Ter Haar, Creative Commons)
Dr. Katherine Hayhoe is a professor and co-director the Climate Center at Texas Tech University. She is also an evangelical Christian. In this OpEd piece recently printed in The New York Times, she explains why her faith compels her when it comes to climate change, who will bear the brunt of the change, and why […]
“If I knew the world was to end tomorrow, I would still plant an apple tree today.” Although there is no record of Martin Luther actually saying these words long attributed to him, a new study finds that forest restoration is the most effective response to climate change. In fact, planting 500 billion trees could remove 25% […]
Want to help scientists understand climate change? Here’s a simple way to involve your faith community as citizen scientists in this Smithsonian Institution crowd-sourcing project studying Ginkgo trees to map climate over time. Might be a good project for your congregation’s youth! (Photo: Skyseeker, Creative Commons)
As many as one million plant and animal species are now at risk for extinction, according to a summary released earlier this week by the United Nations. The massive assessment points to human alterations to the landscape as the cause. The entire 1,500 page report, written by hundreds of international experts, will be published later this year. (Photo: […]