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Global Warming -- FAQs

Global Warming FAQs


My spiritual leaders disagree with the scientists, how do I determine whom to believe?

Religious leaders such as Jerry Falwell often express thoughts about global warming. These are men of faith, not of science, and their articles generally cite opinions but little scientific information or data.

The scientists who have been doing the recent research on global warming most commonly present their work through the American Geophysical Union. The AGU is a worldwide scientific community that "advances, through unselfish cooperation in research, the understanding of Earth and space for the benefit of humanity." It is made up of of tens of thousands of PhD researchers worldwide. They have no particular political agenda other than to learn how natural processes work and make that information known. Based on the outcome from a considerable number of studies in various fields relating to global warming, the AGU has issued a statement: Human Impacts on Climate.

The American Meteorological Society is another organization of scientists that promotes the development and dissemination of information and education on the atmospheric and related oceanic and hydrologic sciences. Based on data reported through their organization, they have also issued a statement: Climate Change -- An Information Statement.

A recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report examines a multitude of evidence and data in attempting to understand global climate change.

If you want scientific information, places like these are where you might want to look.

Houses of worship, it turns out, are some of the biggest wasters of energy on a per capita, per hour-of-use basis (See Churches Go Green). Churches, mosques, and synagogues are now looking for ways to make their buildings more energy efficient, both to heed ethical imperatives against waste, and also to save money. As evidence of global warming has mounted, congregations across the US are examining their habits and asking what their faith demands of them in response. Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish groups have turned to scripture for guidance. See The Green Congregation Program.

The Interfaith Power & Light is an interfaith ministry devoted to deepening the connection between ecology and faith. Their goal is to help people of faith recognize and fulfill their responsibility for the stewardship of creation. Specifically, the IPL campaign is mobilizing a national religious response to global warming while promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency and conservation. Hence people of faith have an opportunity to put their faith into action and help reduce the devastating effects of global warming.

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