The February 2022 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes with a dire warning, “The cumulative scientific evidence is unequivocal: Climate change is a threat to human well-being and planetary health.
“Any further delay in concerted anticipatory global action on adaptation and mitigation will miss a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future for all.”
Our Lutheran faith gives us tools to manage scary and uncomfortable situations. Climate justice is pursued when we acknowledge the truth of how we have perpetrated harm and work to reconcile our relationships. These challenges to be in better relationship with the land we live on are grounded in land-based elements of Lutheran theology that acknowledge God in Creation.
The April/May 2022 issue of Canada Lutheran features a deep dive into the ever-growing battle surrounding climate change. Written by Katarina Kuhnert, an early career climate scientist, the piece focuses on various local aspects of the climate crisis, while promoting the many efforts made to push forward and work for change as Christians in a world under attack.