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So You've Got Climate Change: Living In A Warmer World

Associate Director, Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy

A common initial response to the diagnosis of a chronic condition is denial. That’s understandable. No one wants to have heart disease or diabetes—and certainly no one wants climate change. Once we move through and past the denial, we face other challenges. Feelings of sadness, anger, and even despair are common. The changes we need to make as individuals and communities may seem insurmountable. We may feel defeated and hopeless, alone and unsure where to turn.

As people of faith, one place we can turn for guidance is to our religious traditions. Many of our traditions offer stories, practices, and teachings about how to persevere when things seem hopeless. Common themes of faith, trust, relationship, and community often emerge, and can guide us today as we seek to grapple with our diagnosis of climate change.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu writes, “The first law of our being is that we are set in a delicate network of interdependence with our fellow human beings and with the rest of God’s creation.” As we reflect on the interrelatedness of all things and acknowledge the fact of climate change, we invite you to start re-imagining with us a “new normal.” What can we do, as people and communities, to make the changes we need to make in order to live healthy, long lives in a warming world—and to keep the warming from getting much worse?

There is no time now for anger or despair. We need to act fast. We may find that the steps we must make are not as difficult as we first thought, and that together, we can create a new normal that is more community-focused, spiritually connected, healthful and positive than anything we have known before. That is our hope. Please join us.

Week 1: Climate Change As A Chronic Condition

Week 2: Small Changes, Big Impacts

Week 3. "Working Together, Locally and Globally"

Week 4. "Climate Change Tipping Points"

Week 5. "Know Your Sources"

Week 6. "Preserving Diversity"

See All Engage, TXIPL post. See all Climate and Energy post.