Climate Issues have Implications for Religion

October 28, 2007


Source: The Toledo Blade

After years of feeling as though she were talking to a wall, Mary Evelyn Tucker of Yale University said she is glad to report that religious groups are starting to respond to requests to get involved in global climate issues.

"This is an amazing moment. This is truly an amazing moment," Ms. Tucker said in a keynote address during a conference last week on religion and climate change.

Scientists have been reporting the threat for more than 15 years, saying that rising temperatures are causing myriad problems around the world, including more frequent and powerful hurricanes, extinction of species, rising water levels in some regions, and massive droughts in others.

Religious communities, meanwhile, generally turned a deaf ear until about two years ago.

"If this is not a religious issue, I don't know what is," Ms. Tucker said.