A multifaith movement will push to address climate change || @UN #SDGs #GlobalGoals

The Rev. Grace Ji-Sun Kim:


Climate change is happening right before our eyes. While we live in partial ignorance of the constant changes in the world around us, it is impossible to ignore the devastation that has emerged from the rising global climate. Scientists have been warning us for years that we must change our ways. Theynow warn us that we have only 12 years for global warming to be kept to 1.5 degrees Celsius or the risk of drought, floods and storms will worsen for millions.

My 2019 prediction is that churches and people of faith across the world will recognize the destruction of climate change and make a prophetic call to change our ways of living. This new year, the climate change problems that we have faced in 2018 will certainly worsen if we do not make conscious efforts to change our behavior and take action. Churches and religious organizations will recognize the urgency involved in changing our ways to fight climate change.

Religious groups like the World Council of Churches (WCC) and ACT Alliance are already engaged in advocacy work to fight for climate justice and sustainability. WCC works toward justice, peace and love and continues to respond to the impacts of climate change. Such groups need to work together with faith traditions around the world for interfaith advocacy and work.

Climate change is an issue of both ecological and economic justice. It disproportionally affects the world’s poorest people and displaces the most vulnerable communities. Thus religious people all over the world must unify their collective influence to fight this battle and work together to advocate for policies at local and national levels for sustainable practices.

As people of faith, we cannot continue to ignore climate change while God’s creation is suffering. We must act and invest in fighting climate change as it may be the only investment that will have direct results for a brighter and safer future. We need to invest in clean, renewable energy; reduce the global carbon footprint; reduce waste; and recycle and reuse more actively. As people of faith, we need to take seriously our theological engagement, advocacy and social action to advert a climate catastrophe.

Kim is an associate professor of theology at Earlham School of Religion and co-author of “Intersectional Theology” and “Healing Our Broken Humanity.”

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Er. M. M. Zahid

President at Savera Society for Human Initiatives.

One thought on “A multifaith movement will push to address climate change || @UN #SDGs #GlobalGoals”

  1. But, are we sure we have been told the truth about so-called climate change? The IPCC, and the East Anglia University were in quite a scandal some years back over excluding data sets that did not fit with their desired outcomes. No sane person is suggesting that we humans on Earth can affect the cycles of the sun. If the Sun is responsible for most of the warming, then draconian sacrifices here on Earth will not fix the problem. (There are many good refutations of this “accepted science” of manmade global warming (now termed climate change).)

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