Can Religion Embrace Climate Action?

In 2015, Pope Francis released Laudato Si, an encyclical on climate change, which called for developed nations to take immediate action on reducing greenhouse gases. The encyclical was rooted in the argument that the world’s poorest three billion people are going to suffer the worst consequences of climate change, even though they had little to do with the actions that are contributing to sea-level rise, extreme heat waves, and more. Can religious leaders across faiths encourage their followers to be better stewards of the planet? Can climate change action shift to be a moral issue rather than a political debate? This panel will feature climate scientists, ministers and young evangelicals working to appeal to faith-based hearts and minds.

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Elizabeth Dias

The New York Times

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Veerabhadran Ramanathan

Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego

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Matt Russell

Iowa Interfaith Power & Light

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Melody Zhang


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