Climate Conversation: Kenya

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In 2012, the Christian Reformed Church became the first evangelical denomination in the United States to both adopt a position statement on climate change and issue a call to action to its church and members. In response to this call, a small group from the CRC visited Kenya, East Africa to listen to the stories of fellow brothers and sisters in Christ and document how climate change was affecting their livelihoods.

The result was Climate Conversation: Kenya, a four-part video series featuring on-the-ground footage and interviews from Kenya highlighting issues of climate change and environmental stewardship. It’s a chance to meet people, not statistics; to hear stories, not arguments. It is an invitation to a conversation.

Use the videos to engage your church in a discussion about climate change, environmental stewardship, and the role of the church in raising awareness and finding solutions. A free downloadable discussion guide is also available for use with Bible studies, church groups, and more. Both the video resource and discussion guide can be found at Climate-Conversation.org.

If your church has used Climate Conversation: Kenya to engage its members in a conversation about climate change, we want to hear about it! Comment on this post or email your stories to osjha@crcna.org.

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It is a "scientific" error for the CRC to get involved in this political, not scientific mess. First, no "scientific" information can be claimed to be true if the claim can not be falsified e.g. the "black swan" example. Climate and weather are chaotic systems. 

Second, The noun, "science" should be reserved for investigation that can be duplicated under the same conditions thus no historical investigation is "scientific." Modern people seem to think that any investigation which uses expensive high tech tools is "scientific." Cooking is still an art even thought we just bought an induction range that cost over three grand and is worth every cent. My wife is a professional cook and likes it better than gas.

Third, take CA for example. The land from east of the coastal range to the west side of UT and AZ has been desert for 10,000 years. By happenstance there was more rainfall in most of the 20th century. The desert conditions returned the year after Lake Powell was full and now it is half empty. This has nothing to do with human activity.

Fourth, the oceans are warming possibly due to underwater volcanic activity. Warmer oceans evaporate more water into the air which must come down someplace. Because US mid-west winter weather comes from over the pole through Canada, according to high school physics, we in the US should expect more snowfall east of the Rockies to the Atlantic coast. Think about it. I don't know anything about weather in Africa. 

 

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Predictions of catastrophic Global Warming (aka known as Climate Change) are based on models that Charles Krauthammer said  are" inherently flawed and forever changing"    In  an article entitled "The Church of Global Warming" that appeared in the Washington Post on May 30, 2008, Charles goes on to say "on the basis of speculation, environmental activists, attended by compliant scientists and opportunistic politicians, are advocating radical and economic social regulation"

There we have the problem in a nutshell.   Anyone wishing to read the article in its entirety is invited to Google the referenced source.

I would like to make two personal observations.  (1)  I was in Anchorage Alaska several years ago when the senior climatologist, upon whom other climatologists  around the globe  relied on for climate data, was found to be 'cooking' the global books.   He was dismissed from his post  but that has not deterred the global warming advocates.   (2)  Climate change is obvious (it changes daily) but no matter  how many times the media tells us "the Artic ice is melting and the polar bears are sweating" the globe is not warming beyond normal modulations. 

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Thanks for your comments, Bill and Edward. It's obvious that you've put a lot of thought into this issue--something we should all be doing!

One of the goals for the Climate Conversation: Kenya resource is to be able to move beyond statistics and talking points--both of which can be twisted to fit any existing ideology--and to highlight the stories of our brothers and sisters in Kenya. I wonder if you were able to watch the videos. If so, I would love to hear what some of your reactions were to the stories you heard.

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