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FAITH AND CLIMATE CHANGE:
Oregon Interfaith Power & Light (OIPL) engages the faith community to strive for accountability in our individual and collective energy decisions in an interdependent world. Our vision is a rich, abundant life for all creation rooted in renewable resources for a society moving into a post-fossil fuel era. The principles guiding our vision include justice, equality, compassion and respect for the sacredness of Earth. Oregon Interfaith Power & Light realizes its vision through grassroots advocacy for climate change solutions, policies and initiatives, and by providing opportunities for theological and spiritual reflection.
Mennonite Creation Care is a Christian organization affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA and the Mennonite Church Canada. Our primary focus is the Mennonite community, but anyone who wishes to be part of a faith-based network of people engaged in caring for creation is welcome to join.
The Center for Sustainable Climate Solutions advances thinking and action in Anabaptist and other faith communities to mitigate climate change. Our work in research, innovation, education and collaboration catalyzes faith-informed, justice-focused activity that promotes sustainable living, environmental justice and care for creation. The Center is housed at Eastern Mennonite University.
Mennonite World Conference
"It was also the first time that I came in contact with a large number of faith-based communities advocating for sustainable environments and climate resilience, standing alongside the most vulnerable communities and people. Admitted as official observers, the faith-based communities had the chance to not only do the hard advocacy groundwork of approaching negotiators on a one-on-one level, but were even given a slot to raise their voice to an audience of ministers and heads-of-states at the High Level Dialogue."
CLIMATE CHANGE SCIENCE:
Climate Change Indicators in the United States
The Earth's climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events – like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures – are already happening. Many of these observed changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, caused by human activities.
Understand Climate Change
Climate change is happening now. The United States and the world are warming, global sea level is rising, and some types of extreme weather events are becoming more frequent and more severe. These changes have already resulted in a wide range of impacts across every region of the country and many sectors of the economy. Today, America needs reliable scientific information about current and future changes, impacts, and effective response options. The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)—which released the 3rd National Climate Assessment in May 2014—is at the center of the Federal Government's efforts to fulfill this critical need.
Global Climate Change
National Climate Assessment
This report is an authoritative assessment of the science of climate change, with a focus on the United States. It represents the first of two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment, mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990.hange Research Act of 1990.