Click on the NASA video below and watch how the Earth has changed in the last sixty years, then follow this link to Mitch Hescox’s piece. Hescox, head of the Evangelical Environmental Network, is a lifelong Pennsylvania Republican who agrees with President Obama on climate change. Two other developments on the climate change front: Tunisia embedded the issue in its constitution (see here); Drew Robinson of Young Evangelicals for Climate Action declared that “climate change is a fact.”
January 23, 2014
Intriguing accusations, to be sure: Steve Forbes claims scientific evidence for human-induced climate change is mere “socialism in drag” (those East Coast cold snaps prove it); Fox News commentator Eric Bolling says researchers concocted global warming in their scheme to fund their Antarctic vacations. Who needs pristine Bahama beaches and frozen daiquiris when we can bamboozle gullible agencies into sending us to the land of howling winds and sub-zero temperatures?
Shall we remind ourselves that there’s more to the Earth than the right half of the United States? Many of the temperatures in Europe and Australia have been up while ours have been down, and NASA (a socialist-in drag agency?) tabulated world-wide warming trends and found that we marched on, unabated, last year. That doesn’t bode well for our children’s future.
I’ll come clean: I’ve always wanted to visit Antarctica – in the summer. Maybe I’m displaying the following graphic, also found here and compiled by the people at learnstuff.com, because of my scandalous longing. I’m a very bad man.
January 18, 2014
The executive branch’s density has swung into full action. We’ve heard nothing of a new nominee. Does anyone see the underlying religious issues in Syria? Iran? Afghanistan? Pakistan? Saudi Arabia? Religious freedom, or the lack of it, is not only for kids in Sunday School. It’s for everyone — atheists and “nones” included, especially since many of the “nones” rush to churches, synagogues, and mosques after they check off the little box in the survey forms.
January 15, 2014
Much of the US East Coast has thawed from the recent “polar vortex,” into which deniers of climate change plunged. Hank Green explains, once again, the difference between climate and weather and why a temporary vortex cannot salve our worries. His video may come after a short one from his brother, John, who is plugging a movie based on his recent novel (a great book, incidentally).
December 12, 2013
From the times-they-are-a-changin’ file: In days of yore (read: last year), few would have invoked the Mother Church in its advertising. This year, an Argentine sports network cleverly weaves a papal speech into a commercial for its coverage next year’s World Cup.
November 29, 2013
Mara Vanderslice Kelly, the coordinator for the president’s advisory council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, describes how she grew up in a nominally religious home in the shadow of the the religious right. She studied at a Quaker school and traveled to Columbia, where she met honest-to-God Christians with compassion for “the least of these.” It spurred her into a soul-search and an eventual spiritual awakening.
Think of her testimony, consider the Pope Francis’ recent encyclical.
November 25, 2013
Leah Kostamo has liberated me. I can now face my dark side: I love everything from sloths to moss and serve on three eco-friendly boards, but most environmental literature reminds me of toothpaste-flavored herbal tea – with no sweeteners allowed (carcinogens, you know). Guilt is slung like linguini. Humor and joy are banned, and bang the drumbeat of shame on Christians, who supposedly believe in the biosphere’s annihilation.
November 13, 2013
Many sympathized Yeb Sano’s impassioned plea for a substantial agreement on addressing climate change at the first day of the United Nations conference in Warsaw. He pledged to fast through the conference. Members of the Interreligious Eco-Justice Network have pledged to fast as well. Here is their letter, along with an invitation for others to join:
November 11, 2013
“To anyone who continues to deny the reality that is climate change, I dare you to get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of you armchair. I dare you to go to the islands of the Pacific, the islands of the Caribbean and the islands of the Indian ocean and see the impacts of rising sea levels; to the mountainous regions of the Himalayas and the Andes to see communities confronting glacial floods, to the Arctic where communities grapple with the fast dwindling polar ice caps, to the large deltas of the Mekong, the Ganges, the Amazon, and the Nile where lives and livelihoods are drowned, to the hills of Central America that confronts similar monstrous hurricanes, to the vast savannas of Africa where climate change has likewise become a matter of life and death as food and water becomes scarce.