Tools for collaboration between Montana’s faith leaders and scientists on behalf of our climate.
Attendees learned from scientists and faith leaders about the impacts of climate change on Montana and the world. Our shared conviction is based upon extensive scientific research which shows that climate change is caused by human activity that is already the cause of suffering among the world’s most vulnerable populations.
The urgency of addressing this problem cannot be overstated. The recently-released United Nations Intergovernmental Panel Special Report, with over 6,000 cited references from hundreds of scientists, calls for immediate worldwide attention to this global problem.
After engaging in three outstanding keynote presentations from Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, and Dr. Bruce Maxwell, we dove deep into the presentations from five specialist groups focusing on impacts of climate change on health, sustainable food systems, solar power development, faith-led advocacy, and the theology of engagement on climate change. There was true excitement around innovative technologies and agricultural practices that will also improve human health and provide greater equity for the world’s poor. As people of both faith and science, we committed to action — personally and within our communities.
The welfare of coming generations depends on our courage now. There was a collective commitment at the close of the conference to:
- Hold another conference in 2020!
- Form a Montana faith-based climate organization.
- Conduct a post-conference OpEd and call to action.
- Initiate a climate action advocacy group.
- Create a solar fund.
- Advocate for green strategic planning in Gallatin County.
- Create space to share ritual, honesty, and grief.
Was held on October 12 & 13, Bozeman, Montana