Wednesday, May 7, 2014

5/14 Creation Corner:TIME Honors Evangelical Climatologist Katharine Hayhoe/World Environment Day

Evangelical/Climate Scientist Honored by TIME magazine

TIME, in its "100 Most Influential People" issue of May 5 and 12, raised up evangelical Christian and Texas Tech University climatologist Katharine Hayhoe as a "pioneer."

The book by Hayhoe, "A Climate for Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions", co-authored by her husband, a pastor, makes an effort to correct the disinformation (misguided views) on climate science some religious people have.

She advocates a transition to cleaner renewable energy sources.

"Because climate change disproportionately affects the poor and vulnerable, the very people Christians are called to care for and love," she has said, responding to "climate change is not inconsistent with Christian values."

"When I look at the information we get from the planet," she has said, "I look at it as God's creation...telling us that it is running a fever."  And as her husband might add, thermometers are neither Republican nor Democrat.

Hayhoe is also featured in the recently-released series "Years of Living Dangerously," on the Showtime network.

"It's hard to be a good steward of the planet if you don't accept the hard science behind what's harming it, and it can be just as hard to take action to protect our world if you don't love it as the rare gift it is.  For many people that implies a creator," said TIME profiler and Showtime interviewer of Hayhoe, Don Cheadle.
"It's Our World: World Environment Day, June 5"

The World Environment Day is the principal way that the United Nations uses yearly to encourage worldwide awareness and action for the environment.

This year the theme for the June 5th event is "Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level" in an effort to mark the survival threat of rising sea levels, due to climate change, to Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

The web site provides A-Z steps one can take; related links; blogs; articles; supporters and messages; activities; regional features; youth voices; multi-media (posters, banners, videos, music, podcasts, logos); past yearly themes, etc.