Thursday, January 26, 2012

Religion and Climate Change in Flushing, New York

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The Guardian came to Flushing, New York, right down the road from where I live, to look at communities of faith and their reaction to climate change.  This interactive website with video links is really interesting and I thought I would share the link with my readers.  The video also points out the unique religious diversity and history of Flushing.

I have written before about local governments, small businesses, and non-profits and their leadership role in climate change policy in the absence of any strong federal leadership in the U.S.  The advent of strong religious leadership on climate change underscores the acceptance of climate change problems in our general society and demonstrates the need for political leadership on the issue.

My first experience with faith communities in climate change was in the early 1990's when the evangelical movement in the south started the "What Would Jesus Drive?" campaign.  You can read about that effort here.  I started seeing their bumper stickers all over Florida and Georgia and they received a great deal of press for outreach to the large evangelical churches.  The Catholic Church also started the Catholic Climate Commitment.  Pope Benedict XVI has made many statements urging world action on climate change and other environmental issues.  I am sure there are other religious organizations that have taken a stand on this issue.  If you know of any others, feel free to post them in the comments section.

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