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Faith and Climate News: Top Stories for the Week of Nov 4 - 10

By Nichole Tucker
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Every Friday, Blessed Tomorrow releases the top faith and climate stories from the previous week. This roundup highlights achievements in climate solutions and effective climate communications from and for people of faith. We feature helpful tips and strategies for you to implement in your faith community and stories to inspire everyone.

We’ll also let you know about upcoming events in the faith and climate community. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to catch the news as it happens.

Interfaith Leaders Join the United Methodist Church for ‘Climate Talks’ at COP23

The United Methodist Church (UMC) has joined in on 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23) as a way to provide a moral grounding while multi-sector leaders from all over the world discuss climate change, its impacts, and put ideas into action. Read more in this Blessed Tomorrow article.

Let’s Lead Case Study: A Just, Sustainable Providence

With an ever-growing threat to its coastal communities from increases in hurricanes and flooding, the city of Providence, Rhode Island, began to turn the wheels on climate action to better prepare, plan, and adapt for its already-changing climate. Continue reading this article on the ecoAmerica blog.

The ‘Tenets of Faith’ Will Persuade the World Better than Science Will

The Vatican recently held a three-day conference where religious leaders reviewed scientific studies around climate change and its aptness to not only impact the environment but also to spread disease. Because most of the world’s population is religious, one leader believes that religion can persuade people to act on climate. Read the New York Times article.

Climate-Induced Migration is No Longer a Possibility, It’s a Reality

It is estimated that climate change will displace 200 million people by 2050. But most projections leave out the data which proves that climate migration is already happening. Which countries will be the most affected and where do borders fit in? Undark has the Reece Jones op-ed here.

Are There Two Sides to Climate Change?

Climate change is a topic that when discussed amongst political groups, creates an opportunity for disagreement. Climate scientist, Katharine Hayhoe says that she’s faced with this issue quite often in Texas. She says, there is only one side to climate change. Read Hayhoe’s latest article.

One Year of Trump: No Progress on Climate Change

In a lengthy essay, a journalist at The Guardian, Jonathan Franzen has analyzed Donald Trump's first year as President of the United States. On the subject of climate change, the writer disagrees with the president’s lack of action. Read the essay.

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Participates in the UN Climate Change Convention

The Episcopal Church has sent a delegation to COP23, says Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. It was at this same conference two years prior, that an Episcopal Church delegation participated in the formation of the Paris Accord. What’s going on at this year’s conference? Watch the video here.