The African Pulse: Faith Must Import Science to Address Climate Change Disasters
People of faith should embrace science in their efforts to care for the environment.
A meeting bringing together the faith community and scientists reached a consensus that the former needs science so as to understand climate change, especially its immediate and long-term effects.
The faith community was represented by the host, the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), the United Religions Initiative (URI), and the Baha’i International Community (BIC) at the webinar discussing the nexus between Climate Change, Faith & Science.
In his opening remarks, the AACC General Secretary, Rev. Dr. Fidon Mwombeki, noted that there was deepening concern of the impact of climate change.
“We are all witness to the devastating impact and effect of climate change, including drought that’s deepening the circles of poverty, rising temperatures causing heat waves, and unending flooding causing human suffering, and devastating communities and societies in the continent,” he said.
The General Secretary said AACC was committed to battling climate change, and had a programme of action in this regard. He added that individuals and institutions should respond to climate change not only as man-made emergency, but also as an obligation from God to human beings as stipulated in the Bible.
“We believe every individual and institution has a responsibility to protect and nourish the earth, it is our daily practices that reflect on the bigger change that we want,” he added.
This webinar was organised in collaboration with Christian Aid, Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute (SAFCEI), Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), and the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA).
This article comes from the All Africa Conference of Churches newsletter, The African Pulse. Read the full newsletter: