Climate change is headline news these days. From political platforms to youth climate marches, everyone is talking about it, and everyone is seeking answers for how to mitigate a rapidly warming planet. For many Christians, this comes both from a desire to preserve the environment for future generations and from within a Reformed worldview, which has long identified that part of our faithful response as creational stewards is to protect and advocate for all of creation.
The problem, however, is that climate science can be complicated, and it’s difficult to digest the United Nations IPCC reports telling us that we must keep the world from increasing in temperature beyond 1.5 more degrees. What does that even mean? How is the earth changing, and what can we do about it?
Dr. Henry Brouwer has attempted to answer some of these questions. A retired chemistry professor at Redeemer University in Hamilton, Ont., Dr. Brouwer is now a regional representative for the Climate Witness Project of the Christian Reformed Church (CRC), which exists to walk alongside congregations as they learn about climate justice. As part of his work in educating and engaging churches, Dr. Brouwer organized a six-part series called “Understanding our Climate Crisis” at Meadowlands CRC in Ancaster, Ont., which drew attendees from over 15 area churches. Participants learned how carbon emissions are created, what a global rise in temperature actually looks like and who it impacts, why there’s so much controversy over climate change in politics and the media, and what we can do to change our economies and lifestyles towards being carbon neutral.
In addition to Dr. Brouwer’s climate content, other speakers talked about topics such as World Renew’s commitment to conservation agriculture, Indwell’s eco-friendly building practices, and the Centre for Public Dialogue’s advocacy training.
All six sessions of the series were recorded and can be viewed online. Anyone who has questions about the science behind climate change can view these videos and join the discussion of determining a faithful response to the climate crisis.