The Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson, II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) calls for bold action in response to a new United Nations report on climate change. According to a U.N. international panel (made up of 91 scientists from 40 countries), earth’s atmosphere could warm by as much as 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels by 2040.
The results could mean intensified drought and poverty, leading to food shortages and wildfires among other problems, says Nelson.
“We want for our children to breathe clean air and drink clean water,” he said. “We do not desire for lives and churches to be consistently disrupted by natural disasters caused by climate change.”
Nelson urges churches and communities to become energy efficient, lower the carbon footprint and advocate for safe environmental policies at all levels of government.
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