‘Science Alone Cannot Save the Planet,’ But Faith Can

"Science alone cannot save the planet," shared  Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, the Orthodox Christian leader who spiritually guides 300 million people around the world. The 'Green Patriarch' met with the Archbishop of Canterbury in England this past week, where the two leaders discussed the pertinent issue of climate change. The meeting, which welcomed various Bishops, also hosted secular activists, extending the discourse to all people alike.

Patriarch Bartholomew shared with the crowd, "Science will inform us about the world, but it cannot reach the depths of our soul and mind." Calling climate change a 'crisis of the human heart,' the two religious figures insisted that faith leader involvement in the climate movement is imperative to its success. And they are right! 

Climate science has posited the ever increasing impact of climate change for at least 50 years, by most conservative estimates. Science alone cannot change the way in which people operate. It may inform their understanding of the world but does little to motivate the human heart. Rather, climate initiatives, if they hope to be successful, must draw on the moral imperative that rest within us all, to care for our planet.

Science alone cannot save the planet, insists spiritual leader of Orthodox Church

John Bingham | The Telegraph

Science alone cannot save the planet the spiritual leader of an estimated 300 million Orthodox Christians has insisted, as he joined forces with the Archbishop of Canterbury urging followers around the world to fight climate change. 

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, insisted that global warming is a “moral crisis” requiring millions of people to change their day-to-day behaviour as much as politicians making treaties on the environment. 

The two leaders hope to mobilise their churches’ support across the world ahead of the UN conference in Paris next month aimed at reaching a new global agreement to limit carbon dioxide emissions. 

Patriarch Bartholomew joined the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, at Lambeth Palace for prayers and private talks on issues such as the refugee crisis and persecution of Christians in the Middle East. 

They also joined other bishops addressing an audience of faith leaders and green activists discussing climate change.

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