Science, Faith and the Climate Crisis
- 17 Jun 2020
- Emerald Publishing Limited
- 216 pages - 129 x 198mm
- Emerald Points
The Earth's climate is changing faster than at any point in the history of modern civilisation through human-induced global warming, yet public reactions to this scientific truth remain dissonant. Inspired by a 2019 conference, Moana Water of Life, this book showcases the challenges and potential fruits of an open dialogue between stakeholders to navigate the critical challenges to planetary health caused by the climate crisis.
Inviting participants to contribute 'in their own voices', this book cuts across real-life insights, ranging from researchers from the Pacific Islands Region on the front line of devastating water surpluses and shortages, to the thoughts of leading climate change and Earth scientists, social scientists, educators, faith leaders, theologians and activists who are offering practical solutions to the problem. By highlighting this collection of inspiring stories at the local and global levels, the authors offer a vision of hope for communities in the future to communicate, adapt to change and ultimately resist further deterioration of the planet's health.
All royalties from this book are being donated to the Red Cross in the Pacific Island Region.
Foreword ;Archbishop Justin Welby
Chapter 1.Christianity, Kiribati, and climate change induced migration;Fetalai Gagaeolo, Sarah Hemstock and Conner Price
Chapter 2. Moana:'Oku mafeia he 'Otua 'a e me' a kotoa pe (Moana: Nothing is impossible with God);Peni Hausia Havia
Chapter 3.The rivers of humankind;Mark Macklin and John Lewin
Chapter 4.Earth, air, fire and ice: Exploring links between human-induced global warming, polar ice melt and local scale extreme weather;Edward Hanna and Richard Hall
Chapter 5.Climate change and the role of education;Sarah Hemstock, Siu Jione, Mark Charlesworth, Patrina Dumaru
Chapter 6.Towards citizen governance for climate education and justice:A science-policy perspective;Andrew Kythreotis and Theresa Mercer
Chapter 7.Ocean of love: Science, policy and spirituality of the water crisis;Marc Handley Andrus
Chapter 8.Reading the Bible as waters rise: Ecological interpretation of scripture;Emily Colgan
Chapter 9.Reaching 'Net Zero': An energy perspective;Mike Colechin
Chapter 10.Sustainislandhome.org: An app for climate action and advocacy;Sheila Andrus;
Chapter 11.Faith in action at the United Nations: A confluence of rivers;Lynnaia Main
Chapter 12.Different voices: one call;Sally Myers
Afterword; Archbishop Winston Halapua
Sally Myers is Visiting Scholar at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, UK.
Sarah Hemstock is Programme Leader for Geography at Bishop Grosseteste University, UK.
Edward Hanna is Professor of Climate Science and Meteorology in the School of Geography at the University of Lincoln, UK.
'In our supposedly secular age, when humans are transforming the world’s physical geography like never before, we need alternative thinking about the nature of the problems that confront us. Religious and secular thinking must make space for a dialogue of equals, so that we can identify ways forward on Earth that are feasible, desirable and possess legitimacy. This book of thoughtful essays represents, and might in turn help to build, such a dialogue.' - Professor Noel Castree, University of Manchester, UK
'A timely and important contribution to “why” and “how” science and faith need to collaborate to combat the climate crisis.' - Willy Telavi, Former Prime Minister of Tuvalu