This has been quite a week. Here in the US, we have been rocked by news of Donald Trump’s election to presidency of the United States. Many of our friends around the world were also surprised and shocked – I’ve heard from some of you. We’re all wondering what this means for the US and for the world.
We are also wondering what it means for my organization, Care of Creation and for the Lausanne/WEA Creation Care Network. It is already clear that the one of the Trump administration’s priorities will be to try to reverse many of the environmental protections that already exist within the United States. More ominously for those outside of this country (which is most of you who are reading this) he intends to back out of the United States’ international obligations with regard to climate change. Will this happen? If it does, will other countries stay the course or choose to back out as well? What does it all mean for God’s creation? So we are asking ourselves: What does Creation Care look like in the Age of Trump? Continue reading →
Four evangelical entities, the World Evangelical Alliance, the
Lausanne Creation Care Network, Tearfund and A Rocha International have issued a joint statement praising the Paris Climate Agreement has an historic and landmark document, and pledging support for it through their members around the world.
As evangelical leaders, we commit to bringing the Paris Agreement home to the countries where we are represented all around the world, and to play our part in celebrating and promoting it, in working for its implementation and delivery, and in challenging governments and world leaders in the months and years ahead to strengthen it in the ways still needed. We also commit to supporting and engaging with other national and global processes which promote care for God’s creation and love for our neighbours suffering the impacts of environmental degradation such as the Habitat III conference in October 2016.
Here’s a video interview from Paris via climatematters.tv and the United Planet Faith & Science Initiative discussing the status of climate attitudes among US evangelicals. Features a not-so-bad definition of evangelicalism in the first few minutes that might help any readers who are not that familiar with this group.
Runs about 30 minutes, and thanks to the engaging personalities of both Hayhoe and Cizik, very easy to listen too. Might be worth sharing with others. (At Care of Creation we have contact information for both of these speakers – let us know if you would like to reach out to either of them.)
Will COP 21 produce a genuinely historic agreement or just one more try? With less than 24 hours to go until the next (final?) deadline on Saturday, Coral Davenport of the New York Times holds out hope…
As I wrote earlier, the ultimate measure of whether the Paris pact is a success or a failure is whether it will send a market signal for investors to take their money out of fossil fuels and put it into low or zero-carbon energy sources.
If it does do that, then the Paris accord will play a major role in transforming the global economy from dependence on fossil fuels to reliance on renewable energy, and thus would save the world’s population from catastrophic climate impacts.
If it doesn’t send a market signal, the Paris deal is basically just an expression of political good will. Thursday night’s draft goes a long way toward sending that market signal, but it doesn’t get all the way there. The arguments over the final provisions that will determine whether the deal has teeth will unfold over the next 48 to 72 hours.
The biggest piece missing from the current text is clear language on monitoring and verifying whether and how countries will follow through on their promises to cut emissions.