Action Alerts / Opportunities to Engage:
The future of our children and grandchildren matter. That is why we are committed to heeding the call to be good stewards of the Earth. We understand that caring for creation is a part of our covenantal relationship with God; for the prophet Isaiah warned that a broken covenant with God looks like “an earth [that] lies polluted beneath its inhabitants” (Isa 11:6-9).
Climate change has had widespread impacts on human and natural systems. In 2009, there were 36 million climate refugees. Since there have been more environmental than political refugees. Changing weather patterns have increased food and environmental insecurity, especially among our poorest nations.
North Dakota is not exempt from climate change. Our state’s average annual temperature is increasing at a rate faster than any other state in the contiguous United States. Milder winters with greater temperature swings, out-of-characteristic rates of precipitation, and changes from drier climate crops to more moisture-demanding crops are just a few of the immediate effects of the rising average temperature.
It is our faith and our hopes for the future that call us to address climate change and other issues that harm our home and its inhabitants. Our faith demands action.