August 13, 2014

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Hotter than Hell? Why Christians Need to Respond to Climate Change

Wednesday, August 13th at 7pm presented by Ms. Melissa Brice

Meliss Brice

Activist and author Bill McKibben, began his 2013 call for a fossil fuel resistance with these words:
It got so hot in Australia in January that the weather service had to add two new colors to its charts. A few weeks later, at the other end of the planet, new data from the CryoSat-2 satellite showed 80 percent of Arctic sea ice has disappeared. We’re not breaking records anymore; we’re breaking the planet. In 50 years, no one will care about the fiscal cliff or the Euro crisis. They’ll just ask, “So the Arctic melted, and then what did you do?”

God is asking the same question: “What are you going to do?” Scientific evidence and extreme weather events no longer allow us to ignore the impact of climate change on His creation. He calls us to be stewards of the Earth, but our current way of life does not show much care or love. Jesus teaches us to care for “the least of these.” Consider, then, climate change refugees and the further marginalization of the poor because of our addiction to fossil fuels. Join us as we explore, through Biblical passages, climate science, and societal impacts, how and why Christians need to respond to climate change.

About the Speaker:

Melissa is a product developer with Kraft Foods Research and Development. She is pursuing a Masters degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science through U of I – Urbana-Champaign’s online program. She co-launched the 350 local group, whose aim is city divestment from fossil fuels. She and her family went to Washington, D.C. for the largest climate rally in US history on Feb 17th, 2013, and now she has the activism bug! She attends Urban Village Church, where her pastor encourages her environmental passion. She enjoys running along Lake Michigan and reading. Melissa finds great joy in traveling and wants this to be a lifelong hobby.