This week’s green-living tip is to talk to your family and friends about climate change, and our quote is from the newly canonized Saint Oscar Romero.
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Living on God’s Earth
By Episcopal Climate News, facebook.com/EpiscopalClimateNews
This week’s earth-friendly living tip: Have a climate conversation
A new report from the world’s top body of climate scientists says that if humanity is to avoid the most catastrophic effects of climate change—including worsening food shortages, even bigger wildfires and hurricanes, and the death of most coral reefs—then we need massive systematic change and a huge reduction in our fossil-fuel use within the next 12 years.
The only way this kind of change can happen is if every one of us gets involved. Yet according to the Yale Program on Climate Communications, “seven in ten Americans rarely or never discuss global warming with family and friends.” If we’re going to have any hope of protecting God’s creation, we need to start talking to each other—asking our lawmakers, employers, and alma maters to take climate action, and inviting family and friends to join us in those efforts.
These conversations can make a difference! That’s because people trust their family and friends. Yale reports the reason former Miami mayor Tomás Regalado took climate action was because of conversations with his son. Similarly, it was a conversation with his brother that led Kyle Meyaard-Schaap to become the national organizer of Young Evangelicals for Climate Action.
So have a climate conversation with a friend or relative who isn’t especially political. Ask them if they know that 97% of climate scientists agree that climate change is happening and that it’s human-caused. Tell them about news reports that hurricanes like Florence and Michael are bigger because of climate change. Ask if they’ll join you in taking action, and let them know your action is rooted in your faith. You never know the change your conversation might spark!
Episcopal Climate News quote of the week: Saint Oscar Romero
“Each one of you has to be God’s microphone. Each one of you has to be a messenger, a prophet. The church will always exist as long as there is someone who has been baptized…Where is your baptism? You are baptized in your professions, in the fields of workers, in the market. Wherever there is someone who has been baptized, that is where the church is. There is a prophet there. Let us not hide the talent that God gave us on the day of our baptism and let us truly live the beauty and responsibility of being a prophetic people.” – Saint Oscar Romero