All posts by Kermit Hovey

Can We Fix It: The Challenge of Climate Change, Earth Day Protests, Marches, and More

Can we fix it? Can we avert the climate chaos predicted by the evidence and analysis provided from scientists the world over? After all, climate change is really happening, really serious, really human caused, yet we can still, if we act boldly, really do something about it. Unfortunately, the current U.S. Administration blatantly rejects the growing understanding that unrelenting fossil fuel combustion and persistent greenhouse gas emission disrupts and destabilizes the climate we rely on for our livable common home.

Fortunately, growing numbers of people recognize both the problem and

Thousands gather for an early People's Climate March at the State Capitol in Madison, WI April 22, 2017 (Photo by Joe Brusky)
Thousands gather for an early People’s Climate March at the State Capitol in Madison, WI April 22, 2017. Most other marches are scheduled for April 29, 2017 (Photo by Joe Brusky)

the need for action. On Earth Day, April 22, 2017, thousands of those people from around the area took to the streets of Madison, WI. First, in a “March for Science”, one of hundreds of similar marches around the country and the globe. Second, in a “People’s Climate March”, an Continue reading

May God call all who should to join us; May God prepare the way

Evangelical Climate Advocacy Days invites Evangelical Christians to care for creation and protect the climate, especially in the climactic events in Washington,D.C. April 29 through May 1, 2017.
Evangelical Climate Advocacy Days invites Evangelical Christians to care for creation and protect the climate, especially in the climactic events in Washington, D.C. April 29 through May 1, 2017.

This invitation to prayer flows out of the efforts of a small consortium of Evangelical Christians I am part of who have set their faces toward Washington, D.C. We recognize the all but incontrovertible evidence that climate change is really happening, really serious, really human caused and we all can still really do something about it – if we act promptly and boldly.  We comprehend the harm and disruption already befalling people around the globe, especially those not only least responsible but least able to protect earththemselves.

As we care for and protect the climate we fulfill the first and second greatest commandments Jesus gave us – to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:34-40). Unfortunately, this biblically-centered approach to climate caretaking has been largely lost in the fog of ideological bickering. Nevertheless, we believe followers of Christ play a critical role in highlighting the spiritual, moral and ethical reasons we should address climate change. In doing so, we can help our decision-makers recognize transcendent shared values and move across political divides to shared common ground.

Toward this end, Climate Caretakers, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action and the Christian Reformed Church’s Office of Social Justice have partnered to convene a gathering of Evangelical Christians from April 29 – May 1 in Washington D.C. We’re calling it Acting in Faith: Evangelical Climate Advocacy Days.  Although it’s too late to sign up (deadline was Friday 4/21/17) we’re inviting anyone who identifies as Evangelical Christian to join us and “advocate for biblically just and fair climate solutions.” If you can’t be there in person to meet with Members of Congress or their staff, then please be there in prayer. Please pray with and for each one of us God has called to be there. Please also phone your Senator or Representative and ask them to not only act against climate change but to care for creation by protecting the climate.

Creator God,

We have prayed and continue to pray for leaders to step forward in love

People in prayer at creation care consultation statement committee.
People in prayer at creation care consultation statement committee.

to care for creation and protect the climate. Thank you for all you have called forward to participate in the Evangelical Climate Advocacy Days to speak truth to power. Please call forward any more whom you desire would join that outreach of faith. Thank you for those Members of Congress – whether Democrat or Republican, libertarian or green, liberal or conservative – who have agreed to sit down and talk. May we have favor with those we meet with. May the challenge of climate change and the faith motivated need for action be clear. May our presence, our words and our prayers encourage legislators across every aisle to fashion an effective plan. Together, may we protect the climate from disruption as well as neighbors here and abroad from disaster.

Amen.

Love, Justice, and Creation Care in a Time of Challenge

My original version of the following post appeared in the Climate Caretakers February 2017 monthly newsletter.  It appears here, with minor tweaks.  The challenges for creation care advocates continue to be intense and the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continue to ring true.  As Christians we care for ourselves as we work for justice – whether in race relations or creation care – when we care for others.  In this all, it is  especially important that we love our enemies – those who act against those heartfelt concerns and efforts. As you read to the end, please also prayerfully consider the suggested Action Options.

Martin LUther King, Jr's quote suggests his vision that all the world and its occupants are interconnected.
Martin Luther King, Jr’s quote suggests a vision that all of creation,  the world and its occupants are interconnected and interdependent.

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who

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Conference To Help Bridge Climate Divide

Regrettably, climate change has become an issue of contention and division along partisan lines.  Yet as a Sojourner’s bumper sticker notes, “God is neither Republican or Democrat” and  in like manner God’s creation, as revealed by science, is neither Republican or Democrat.

Yet, the picture of our world and its climate that science reveals is clear.  Climate change is really happening, really serious, and we can still really do something about it.  The picture of our moral and faith imperative is also clear.  If we love God, love others and care about God’s creation – we should act for the climate and against climate change. Continue reading

Climate Change 101: It’s Really …

Climate Change is not just a scientific or political issue, but a moral and spiritual issue of love and justice touching core issues of faith and Christian life.  But here we will first look at the basic facts of climate change (also referred to as Global Warming, Anthropogenic Global Warming, Climate Disruption and more, see NOTE below). In brief,  It’s Really Happening, Really Human Caused, Really Serious and We Can Still Really Do Something About It!

Climate Change: It’s Really Happening

Gases in the air allow energy from the sun to reach and warm the surface of the earth. Some of those gases block the heat energy of a warming surface from leaving the planet. These greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide (CO2) – a product of burning things – and methane – a fossil fuel and major byproduct of animal agriculture.

Lab tests, observing the planet, records from the past and many other types of evidence confirm that greenhouse gases allow light energy to pass through them to warm up a surface. They also confirm that those gases block heat energy from leaving. The heat energy that can’t leave builds up to increase temperatures.

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Our Common Home Needs Care to be a Common Action

Pope Francis in Philadelphia during his September 2015 visit to the United States.
Pope Francis in Philadelphia during his September 2015 visit to the United States.

The following represents a transcript of my remarks to the interfaith event “Light the Way: Faiths for Climate Justice” held in Madison, WI September 24, 2015. The organizers and presenters sought to amplify Pope Francis’ exhortation to care for creation and to act against climate change.  He  articulated that message in his recent encyclical Laudato Si’ and reiterated it during his visit to the United States that same week.  To condense and echo some of the Pope’s sentiments, God’s gift of creation needs an unprecedented level of shared concern and  cooperative action  if we are to preserve it for all of us.

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