We had a good discussion at my dinner table tonight about the Fourth National Climate Assessment. As a young evangelical, my seventeen-year old daughter is passionate about this issue and it was fun to see her so engaged. She is appalled at Donald Trump’s refusal to believe the findings. By the way, she will cast for her vote a president for the first time in 2020. She is heading off to a yet-to-be-determined Christian college in the Fall and will represent, I pray, the future leadership of the church on this issue and others.
As I said before, I think evangelicals must take this report seriously and treat it as a “life” issue. Sadly, I think most evangelicals will ignore it or shrug it off because they are afraid it will divide their churches. But my prayer is that some pastors and church leaders will have the courage to confront this head-on. If your evangelical church is addressing this is in some meaningful and purposeful way I would love to hear about it.
Over at CNN, Jen Christensen provides fifteen “takeaways” from the report. They are:
- Crop production will decline
- Cows could have it bad
- Food sources from the sea will decline
- Food and waterborne illness will spread
- Bugs will bug us more
- It will be hard to breathe
- Mental health will be challenged
- More of us will die
- We won’t be able to work as much
- We won’t be able to get around as easily
- Water infrastructure will be challenged
- Floods will be more frequent
- Wildfires will increase
- History will be lost
- There will be more snakes and other invaders
Read how Christensen develops these points here.