Videos from the all day Spirit of the River Event sponsored by our Eco-Justice Team in which a Native American fisher, a tribal representative, a member of the Nez Perce tribe and a representative of the Friends of Columbia Gorge speak about the importance of the river and salmon to our future. Not only do they seek to preserve a way of life that has been a part of Native American culture for thousands of years but protecting our natural resources means preserving the future for all generations of all people. It is a spiritual quest to preserve the healing qualities of the waters.
According to a new report from the United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change, God’s earth could be facing dire consequences sooner than we thought. This panel of 91 scientists from 40 countries has concluded that if greenhouse gas emissions continue at the current rate, our atmosphere will warm by as much as 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above preindustrial levels by 2040.
The results, according to the panel, would intensify the drought and poverty we are facing now. There would be food shortages, wildfires, and coral reefs would die-off at an alarming rate.
The 223rd General Assembly (2018) affirmed yet again how passionate Presbyterians are about caring for God’s creation, particularly about responding with faithful action in a time of climate change.