He took on everyone and any one. Isaiah Rothstein is an American Orthodox Jewish rabbi, author, musician and public speaker. To receive information about PSEP activities and opportunities sign up to our mailing list. World Vision works to get children out of poverty. To care about climate change is to care about the poor. Nor do I determine what is right and wrong by taking a Gallup poll of the majority opinion. Isaiah Poole and Laura Flanders – Before the internet, humanity already had a nervous system: real friends, next-door neighbors, librarians, schoolteachers, beat reporters and local media from the town crier to local papers, and TV and radio stations. Or, in the words of Karl Barth, the Christian hope is that "we wait for Easter to become a universal reality.". As Stearns writes, "One of the disturbing things about Church history is the Church's appalling track record of being on the wrong side of the great social issues of the day." “Climate Change and Civil Rights” was the Food Justice and Sustainability Weekend theme that launched this focus that climate change is one of the central social justice issues of the day. And this is the same Dr King who said, the night before he was murdered on 4 April 1968, "It is no longer a choice, my friends, between violence and nonviolence. Global warming is a big problem and it needs to be solved. Several young Republicans specifically highlighted LGBTQ rights and climate change as essential to tapping into the Gen Z bloc, because Gen Zers are familiar with those issues. How are Ugandan farmers adapting to climate change? Climate change is like a giant anti-development force unleashed on the world, aimed at the poor. Early in the civil rights movement, Bayard Rustin said to King, "I have a feeling that the Lord had laid his hand upon you. Richard Stearns, the President of World Vision United States, offers an extremely helpful model for engaging Dr King 's legacy. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) directs us to teach Earth's Systems, and ways in which people affect these systems. Climate Change Although many of the world’s most important crops and livestock species originate in mountain regions, hunger is rising in these areas due to biodiversity loss and climate change… It is also why evangelists like Tony Campolo are saying, "You can't be a Christian and not be an environmentalist.". Global warming is a problem, and it's happening now. However, even young children are able to understand the basic idea. Additionally, there are programs for teachers to learn more about climate change. The car radio diverts my attention. He previously served as the Spiritual and Experiential Educator at Carmel Academy of Greenwich in Greenwich, Connecticut. Many of those have taken a hit with the rise of globalized media and social platforms. If we don't do anything about it our lifestyles will change. You can follow him on Twitter here. The scientific evidence is in. Kottie Christie-Blick is a teacher at Cottage Lane Elementary School in the South Orangetown Central School District, in Blauvelt, New York. The important thing is to start talking about our changing climate, and to begin modeling ways we can help slow down climate change. Sam Nda-Isaiah built the paper with the force of his own industry, ideas, and connections within the Northern establishment. Their evidence shows that most of the carbon dioxide put into the atmosphere is caused by people, and as the carbon dioxide increases, the Earth's temperature increases. Complicated topics such as The Greenhouse Gas Effect, which describes why Earth is warming, can be explained at different levels, from basic understanding to complicated chemical equations. In conclusion, there are many ways kids can help slow down climate change. Kottie has published articles in several educational journals, and has presented at educational conferences across the United States and in several other countries. Past years focused on climate change and water, climate change and city parks, climate change and civil rights, for example. The Gospel is that Jesus came to redeem all of creation by grace, and we as individuals, together, can be a witness to that. As one of World Vision Australia staff member heard from his mother recently, "Why is World Vision talking about climate change? They compare climates over time. (Photo: Isaiah Nengo) In January 2021, an international research team led by Stony Brook University will launch a project that aims to understand how climate change and tectonics on Miocene ecosystems in this region influenced life and evolution, from the time that whale lived to the present day. If we teachers, and their parents, don't tell them the truth, and don't point the way toward a positive future, who will? You may have to translate sophisticated language, but your students will benefit by seeing the graphics, and you'll be given accurate information. Read a children's book about climate change together. The important part is that children understand that some gases, such as carbon dioxide, trap the sun's warmth near the earth. The staff of Corporate Knights celebrates the life of Peter Gorrie, a longtime contributor who passed away Jan. 4th at the age of 71. Today I believe those words are just as applicable to the church regarding climate change and how it affects the poor. She's also an educational consultant. In response Stearns writes: "When it came to showing compassion to AIDS victims, culture blindness obscured our sins of apathy and judgement, just as it blinded Christians in previous generations to slavery and racism. We understand if we don't slow down global warming, bigger changes could come. When kids understand cause and effect they know what to do. Once children understand the difference between weather and climate, and the cause and effect between carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global warming, they'll want to know why it matters. Our globe is warming because the carbon dioxide gas in the air is trapping the sun's heat near the Earth. At home, we can turn off lights, the TV, and the computer when we're not using them. We've started to see some changes on our planet. Note that the shifting takes place over thousands of years, not the short time scale we're seeing now since the Industrial Revolution. (KCAW/McKinstry) Alaskans are experiencing human-induced climate change at a more rapid rate than any other state in the country. Last updated: 04/09/20 Contact a science department at your local university: geology, oceanography, atmospheric sciences, or environmental sciences. So you see, it's important to start talking about climate change NOW! Second, this demonstrates just how small and anaemic our understanding of the Gospel has become. It's encouraging for them to know that they're not alone. Adding more carbon dioxide to the air threatens that, because the additional warmth it causes upsets the balance of natural systems. Climate Change, Development & Aid, Environment, Featured, Global, ... Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS BONN, Germany, Jan 13 2021 (IPS) - 2021 is going to be critical, not only for curbing the rapidly spreading COVID-19 pandemic, but also for meeting the climate challenge. Now, as a Gen Y who loves and seeks to serve the church, I must confess that my generation has been quick to judge those in the past - racists, segregationists, imperialists, bigots - but slow to connect the dots between the Gospel and issues of water, food, health, economics, poverty and the land. Isaiah Mucius and Jonah Antonio scored 14 points each and Ismael Massoud had 13 for the Demon Deacons (3-2, 0-2). Tomato prices in Kenya have skyrocketed in recent weeks, with some parts of the country paying up to seven times more. Climate change: Why are tomato prices in Africa increasing? When talking with children about climate change, match the depth of conversation to the child's age. This causes more water to evaporate, which forms lots of warm, moist air. But conscience asks the question, is it right? Only 3% of evangelical Christians answered they would definitely help, while 52% of evangelical Christians surveyed said they "probably or definitely would not help." Our ecological crisis calls us to rediscover the earth-affirming beauty of the kingdom of God. When we use our cars, we put carbon dioxide in the air. How these processes will respond to the stresses of a changing climate (such as warming SST and ocean acidification). That's why climate change isn't scary for kids. The reason we are having fiercer hurricanes in New York is because global warming is heating up our oceans. For instance, in a speech at the Pentagon commemorating King's legacy, the Defense Department's general counsel Jeh C. Johnson remarked, "I believe that if Dr King were alive today, he would recognize that we live in a complicated world, and that our nation's military should not and cannot lay down its arms and leave the American people vulnerable to terrorist attack. There are actions people are taking now to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide going into the air. 3). Jarrod McKenna the National Adviser for Youth, Faith and Activism for World Vision Australia. So often it is an arch defender of the status quo. Many of us find ourselves implicated in the patterns of prevailing culture described by Naomi Oreskes in her brilliant book, Merchants of Doubt . Look for displays showing scientific evidence of Earth's climate, thousands, or even millions, of years ago: pollen grains in sediment cores, fossils, signs of changing sea level, etc. The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program provides teachers the opportunity to work on significant academic issues, such as teaching climate change, in a foreign country. As our words turn into actions we become part of something bigger, something important. Plants absorb the carbon dioxide in the air. Children want to know the truth. In the short term (the past 200 years), it's clear to see that the increased carbon dioxide in the air from factories, power plants, and cars has caused our planet to warm. It just makes sense! But as Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) was clear to point out, the climate … When there is more carbon dioxide in the air, the average air temperature around the earth rises. If we don't slow down the warming, we'll have more flooding in Manhattan, and in other areas, like Piermont, New York, where some of us live. ", But to claim that Dr King would be pro-war today is as likely as him being pro-segregation. Dr Christian told us plainly "we are already seeing the effects of climate change." Older children will appreciate the scientific evidence for climate change. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. Isaiah Kipyegon Toroitich and Guillermo Kerber Diakonia, Sustainability, and Climate Change violated planetary boundaries is not a new realization. What a life-changing experience it can be to engage with a real scientist, and hold fossils that are millions of years old that contain evidence of climate change. Everything in the Leadership newspaper was purposeful. The waters began rising in June, washing away crops, swamping roads and worsening hunger and disease in the young nation struggling to recover from civil war. We know it's true because respected scientists have shown us the evidence. How can we, informed by his witness, confront problems he never faced without sanitising or co-opting the voice of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate who described himself as "first and foremost a preacher of the Gospel"? Climate change is not too scary for kids, but it is a problem. Visit the Environmental Protection Agency's website for the background basics of climate change. We can also carpool with friends. The Common Core State Standards for Math mandates that students spend class time analyzing data, and using graphs to recognize patterns in order to predict the future. And this is the same Dr King who said in his speech on 4 April 1967 (a speech that turned three quarters of American public opinion against him), "To me the relationship of the ministry [of Jesus Christ] to the making of peace is so obvious that I sometimes marvel at those who ask me why I'm speaking against the war." Rothstein is best known for his essay "Color Erases, Color Paints" which generated extensive debate within the Jewish community about race and diversity. Climate change: a chronic health problem for the 21st century Laurie Goering Act now on climate change or face growing health risks - UN Megan Rowling Next Up. As early as the 1960s and 1970s, many scholars had already seen the signs that several factors would be encountered by the limits of the natural environment. Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, to see the world as You see it. Previous studies tried to account for the uncertainty from one or two of these. How to cite this article, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency's website, Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts, Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. It's fueling hurricanes like Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Irene. Wake Forest was 8 for 21 (38%) from the field after halftime. Climate change impact assessments are plagued with uncertainties from many sources, such as climate projections or the inadequacies in structure and parameters of the impact model. Climate change, like the church's complicity with racism, calls us to repent and rediscover the fullness of the Gospel. Some think of climate change as a topic for grown-ups. Reflecting on church history, and inspired by the Apostle Paul's prayer in the opening chapter of the letter to the Ephesians, Stearns suggests that every pastor, church leader, and para-church ministry leader should begin their daily devotions with the following confession: "My name is __________, and I am blind to the injustices and sins of omission committed by my own church. This may not happen again every year, but there's no denying the evidence that our weather is becoming more extreme in New York, and in other areas. I received a B.A. To care about the poor is to care about climate change. As you can see, if we ignore global warming our lifestyles will change. Global warming, the phenomenon of rising average air temperatures near Earth’s surface over the past 100 to 200 years. The Gospel is not that Jesus came to redeem individuals. We need some of this warmth to sustain life on this planet, so some carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is a good thing. Don't worry about not knowing all the facts at first. Dr King would write from Birmingham Jail that, regarding civil rights, "The judgement of God is upon the church as never before." We do to King, in other words, precisely what we have done to the radically nonviolent Christ of the New Testament. Some 1 million people in the country have been displaced or isolated for months by the worst flooding in memory, with the intense rainy season a sign of climate change. Osborne thinks youth voices are an important part of climate change work, and she applied to sit on the newly formed Climate Action Task Force in Sitka. That would be scary. Here, we developed a triple‐ensemble probabilistic assessment using seven crop models, multiple sets of model parameters … And that is a dangerous, dangerous thing." Even very young children can begin learning that we need to take care of Planet Earth, even if they don't yet fully understand why. The IDOE announced a new Climate Change Education Framework, developed in partnership with the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and Purdue University College of Science, on Thursday. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence.". Far from being disturbed by the presence of the church, the power structure of the average community is consoled by the church's silent and often even vocal sanction of things as they are.". He paid close attention to the governance process and did not spare any fool in the corridors of power. The year prior to his assassination, Martin Luther King was asked by a reporter whether he was going to hurt the budget of his organisation by the stance he had taken on the issue of war: "Aren't you hurting the civil rights movement and people who once respected you because you are involved in this controversial issue?" Keep it honest. When your students put the Common Core to good use to understand important concepts that affect their lives, you'll come to appreciate the accelerated academic rigor of these new standards, and your important role in influencing society's priorities. Climate change and general environment degradation threaten the progress together with processed and industrial food. Food justice and sustainability will continue to be at the core of our efforts, but since 2015 we have been connecting that work to climate change. How can we deconstruct the hagiographies of a super-saint or "Santa Claus figure" and truly hear from this exceptional follower of the way of the cross? Climate change, like the church's complicity with racism, calls us to repent and rediscover the fullness of the Gospel. For the older child, looking farther back in time (thousands, or even millions of years), it's interesting to look at the fossil evidence of climate shifts. Peter covered environmental issues for more than 30 years, with a focus on climate change, biodiversity, renewable energy and the North. The message should be plain for us to see - history demonstrates that the institutional Church often fails to rise above and challenge the popular culture and values.". This year, the theme was climate change and where we live. Author: NOAA The episode begins with the idea that, "climate change Is racial injustice," and focuses on the idea that pollution and the environment impact communities differently — even within Brooklyn. Explain the difference between day-to-day weather and "climate," the average weather over a long period of time (a decade or more). After all, this is the Dr King who said, "A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death." Scientists have equipment that measures how much carbon dioxide is in the air. Let my heart be broken by the things that break your heart. To expose your children to first hand evidence, take them to a local science museum. A fun way to slow down climate change is to plant things that grow. We don't want areas near the ocean to flood because we have friends and family living there. Similarly, the FBI once described Martin King as the "most dangerous man in America" - and yet, as Martin Luther King Jr day rolls around again in the United States, we are often presented with a figure that seems more like a cheerleader for the status quo rather than a prophetic challenge to it. Everyone in our area lost power for many days. That meant that the regular vacation time was taken away from us. They were blind to the reality that the Gospel meant not only personal transformation but social transformation, just as many of us are blind to the Gospel being more than just personal and social, but ecological and cosmological as well. I don't determine what is right and wrong looking at the budget of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. People contribute to climate change every day. with Honors in Earth & Oceanographic Science from Bowdoin College in 2015. However, the more carbon dioxide in the air, the warmer the planet becomes. In his book The Hole in Our Gospel , Stearns bravely confesses how World Vision United States nearly abandoned the call "to defend the poor and the needy" because doing so wasn't popular. This warm air warms our oceans. We've seen the graphs. The responses they got back were horrifying, and truly damning of the church. To stand with the poor and take real action on climate change might not be safe, nor politic, nor popular. That would be scary. 2015 was the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States. Climate change is not too scary for kids, but it is a problem. See if they give tours. In addition, older children will benefit by hearing such terms as mean, trend, and evidence, in real world contexts. Cornel West insists that we "domesticate, disinfect, deodorise, sanitise, and make safe" the prophetic words and witness of King - a process he call "Santa-Claus-ification.". Safety & Prep. He is the founder of EPYC and co-founder of the Peace Tree Intentional Community in Perth. By abandonning maize for new varieties of rice in response to changing weather patterns – found Isaiah … This is the kind of air that hurricanes need to start up, and they need a steady supply of it to keep them going. Climate change is sometimes pouring down or boiling above. It's in their best interest to do so. Invite a scientist who specializes in paleoclimate to your classroom. For example, sea level is rising, causing more flooding during storms. I play a key role in facilitating and contributing to development and analysis of policy at different levels. For instance, the One Way Ticket film tells the story of Jean-Pierre Ntegyeye and Isaiah Bahati, ... and will offer several films on climate change, including 2040 and the Great Green Wall. Scientific studies from NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) have shown that carbon dioxide and temperature go together. Plunge in by visiting the links in this article. Princeton University professor Cornel West insists that we "domesticate, disinfect, deodorise, sanitise, and make safe" the prophetic words and witness of King - a process he refers to as the "Santa-Claus-ification of Martin Luther King Jr," whereby we embrace a manageable, smiling, jolly fellow and abandon the man of history and his passionate call to a liberating love and a healing justice. They'll lead you to other informative sites. He was a fearless, aggressive and say-it-as-it-is writer. As with all of the other scary things in life we need to discuss with our children, such as stranger danger, they can handle it if they understand they have some control over the situation. Climate change Breaking Ground: Isaiah Nyagumbo advances climate-smart technologies to improve smallholder farming systems Systems agronomist transforms farmers' livelihoods through improved crop performance and soil health, promoting sustainable techniques that mitigate climate change … Mitch E. Baum, Mark A. Licht, Isaiah Huber, Sotirios V. Archontoulis, Impacts of climate change on the optimum planting date of different maize cultivars in the central US Corn Belt, European Journal of Agronomy, 10.1016/j.eja.2020.126101, 119, (126101), (2020). WHO: Temperature Doesn't Affect Spread of COVID-19 00:50. The musical alert jolts me awake before I ease back into a grateful calm reading the words on my phone. No matter what local weather we're experiencing on a day-to-day basis, our planet is warming up, with far-reaching implications for us all. I now have extra time on this icy morning to correct that stack of essays on climate change before heading off to teach my 5th grade class. When our students understand that children and adults in other countries are also helping the environment, they understand that positive change is possible. Some people don't think it's true that people are the problem, but respected scientists from NOAA and NASA have told us global warming is real, and that the carbon dioxide people put into the air is the main cause. Click here to read this article on Ms. Christie-Blick's Class web site, see related videos and find out about other projects she is involved in. They also look at carbon dioxide bubbles that have been trapped in ice for thousands of years to understand what the climate was like a long time ago. We get it! essay written by Christian, Isaiah, Shay, Lauren. Fewer cars on the road means less carbon dioxide in the air. Stearns admits he felt chastened by what King said to the church of his day: "The contemporary church is a weak, ineffectual voice with an uncertain sound. Climate change is happening now. As climate change brings more drought, changing pest threats and warm conditions, farmers face new challenges - but many are finding ways to adapt to the new conditions What prevented this disastrous move and encouraged him to be faithful was Stearns's sense of history and the witness of Martin Luther King. The bigger the plant, the more carbon dioxide it takes in! All schools in the district are on a two-hour delay. As Nicolas Berdyaev put it, "The kingdom of God is the transfiguration of the world, universal resurrection, a new heaven and a new earth." First, many of us fail to see what World Vision Australia sees all too clearly: climate change is hitting the poorest of the poor the hardest. More importantly, they're able to begin taking action to slow down global warming. We do this in many ways. However, we've learned we can help slow down global warming, and the changes it's causing, by putting less carbon dioxide in the air. This is why Tim Costello has repeatedly said, "climate change will undo sixty years of development if we don't act now." As a Climate Stewards Educator, I receive free information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Much like those admittedly sincere white Christians in the 60s for whom civil rights seemed like a "distraction from the Gospel," Christians today often display disinterest and even fatigue from all the hysteria surrounding climate change. How we can use this information to better understand the use of marine calcifiers as climate archives. Our school was closed for a whole week! As he related to audiences later, Martin Luther King said that he looked at that reporter and, with deep understanding and no bitterness in his heart, said: "I'm sorry sir, but you don't know me. We can also recycle paper, glass, plastics, metals, and other things. Watch a YouTube video together about the difference between weather and climate, and how to use a graph to predict future climate. It's all about keeping our earth in balance to maintain our quality of life. We must slow down climate change. What our response to the ecological crisis reveals is how ill equipped our Western imagination is to understand the Gospel as good news for all of creation. The conversation in scientific circles now is how Earth will respond, how well the living things on Earth will be able to adapt, who will be the winners and the losers, and what we can do to slow down our warming climate. Weird weather has been happening all over the world lately, and has been causing a lot of trouble for people. The longer we ignore the problem the worse it gets. Climate Change. World Vision United States conducted research in the late 90s among evangelical Christians, asking if they would be willing to donate money to help children orphaned by AIDS. The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts that requires the reading and analysis of nonfictional texts, and the writing of expository essays, provides opportunities for students to use their emerging skills to understand a concept that's important to them. Many houses were damaged. Polite talk of "creation care" or "stewardship" as a kind of appendix to the Christian faith is completely inadequate. As you can see, people are contributing to climate change. Evidence from scientific studies shows us that factories, power plants, and cars put the most carbon dioxide in the air. Assign pairs of students to read and discuss newspaper articles on climate. A Very Sad Milestone Reached … They want to understand this world they're living in without being overwhelmed by too much information. They are also predicting more changes in the climate as people continue to pollute the air. Give me the ability to see through our culture and to lead my people with Your vision, instead of the world's.". Expediency asks the question, is it politic? We understand if we don't slow down global warming, bigger changes could come. Their future depends on the actions we all take now. When our parents and grandparents were growing up here in New York, they didn't have such hurricanes. Somehow, it seems we have made this dangerous figure very safe. We couldn't get gas for our cars. So how can we take the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr seriously without making him in our own image? Our warmer ocean this year and last kept the hurricanes alive all the way up the coast to New York! 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