Creation care and climate change were the topics of the day yesterday at the Upper School. Students had the opportunity to hear meteorologist Paul Douglas and Evangelical Environmental Network Director Mitch Hescox talk about these issues in several classes and during assembly.
Douglas and Hescox discussed not only the science behind climate change, but the Biblical call for Christians to care about the earth.
“Piling on more science doesn't help,” said Douglas. “In fact, it may hinder efforts to open eyes, hearts and minds. We approach this from the standpoint of stewardship, creation care and energy freedom.”
Creation Care is Caring for Others
Hescox noted that creation care is really caring for people, and referenced Matthew 25:30, "...when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!" The effects of climate change will first impact those that have the least - those in the developing world, Hescox explained to the students.
Optimistic for the Future
While Douglas and Hescox both noted many challenges we face because of climate change, they are at the end, optimistic for two reasons:
- Technological innovations - lower prices in solar and wind power
- The upcoming generation isn't skeptical and can innovate to make change happen
Douglas said, “Solving this challenge requires nothing less than a transformation to the world's energy sector. But the arc of technology is moving in our direction - we will figure this out, just like we've tackled other looming challenges. It’s a chance to prove American exceptionalism one more time.”
It wasn't just students who were inspired by the visit. Following the event Douglas commented, "Mitch and I were very impressed with your staff and kids - it provided a much-needed jolt of inspiration and hope. I'm not just saying that to be polite - you have AMAZING kids, and they really helped to get us pumped up."
Community members gathered in the evening at Minnehaha Academy to hear Douglas and Hescox speak as well. The event was a chance to hear the latest in climate change science, understand why Christians should care about the earth and hear tips for making earth friendly changes, such as getting a home energy audit to uncover energy waste, reducing food waste and getting more involved in the conservation conversation.
A Series of Visiting Professionals
For more information, Hescox and Douglas have a new book Caring for Creation: The Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment. for Creation: The Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment.