Friday, May 4, 2012

Connect the Dots 5/5/12

Extreme Weather and Climate Change

Two events are planned in Nebraska to help us connect the dots between climate change and extreme weather on May 5, Climate Impacts Day. In Lincoln there will be an event featuring fun for families called Connect the Dots: Give our Children a Future from 1:30 to 3:30 near the Hyde Observatory in Holmes Lake Park. There will also be a Connect the Dots event at the Farmers Market in Omaha. The group will gather at 11th and Howard in Old Market at 9:00 am.

We can follow events and see how the dots between climate change and extreme weather connect all around the world through the ClimateImpacts Day / Connect the Dots website .

Photo courtesy of NSSL
It’s important to connect the dots between extreme weather and climate change so that we can develop the desire to do something to address climate change that is happening now and that is expected to increase as this century progresses. It’s also important for people of faith to connect the dots between climate change and our Christian traditions of stewardship of creation, care for the poor and the sick, and an understanding of how the beauty of God’s creation feeds us spiritually.

The opportunity to see how people around the world are connecting the dots between climate change and impacts on their own lives gives us an opening to reflect on what we in the church need to be doing now as the Body of Christ in the world. How do we live out the promises from our baptismal covenant to love our neighbors as ourselves and to strive for justice and peace among all people when preventable climate change is increasingly impacting the lives of our brothers and sisters around the world?