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Author John Weaver

Our climate is changing; the results of global warming are seen around the world. On a trip to the storm-ravaged Caribbean in October 2017, U.N. Secretary General AntoÌnio Guterres urged the world to implement the 2015 Paris Accord on climate change. He said the world has the tools, the technologies and the wealth to address […] Read More

I met a Texan who speaks regularly about climate change and has lived to tell the tale. With my John Ray Initiative colleagues, Margot and Martin Hodson, I attended an event hosted by Climate Outreach at St Mary’s University Church, Oxford, on Nov. 15, 2017. Climate Outreach’s purpose is to ensure that climate change and […] Read More

My awareness of climate change as an important issue developed through my reflections on the dialogue between science and the Christian faith in the 1990s. Encouraged by Keith Ward and Paul Fiddes in the Faculty of Theology at Oxford University, I wrote a masters course on Christianity and science, which was recognized by the Templeton […] Read More

President Donald Trump’s views on climate change are concerning. Reports on his climate-change stance indicate a man who is either easily swayed by the views of others, who does not have a clear appreciation of the issues, or is a very shrewd political operator who seeks popularity where it is most useful to his own […] Read More

What is happening to our weather? This question is echoing around the world, as it’s been the hottest, driest, wettest, windiest with the worst cyclone, hurricane, tornado season since records began. In 2015, the average surface temperature reached 1.010 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, and was 0.13 C warmer than 2014. Already in 2016, each […] Read More

I was privileged to present an Eco-Congregation Award to Central Baptist Church of Norwich in England on Jan. 24. This may well have been one of the last such awards to be made, as two days later Eco Church was launched at St Paul’s Cathedral. Eco Church has been developed by A Rocha UK, a […] Read More

Is the Paris climate agreement an offer of “jam tomorrow,” to quote the White Queen’s offer in “Alice in Wonderland”? COP 21 sought to build on the agreement of the COP 17 “Durban Platform” adopted in 2011, which called for a legally binding international treaty in 2015 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the establishment […] Read More

In the run up to the Paris Climate Change Conference, COP21 – Nov. 30 through Dec. 11 – some significant economic considerations are emerging. A 2006 report compiled by Nicholas Stern dealt with the economics of climate change. A rise of 4 degrees Celsius would put between 7 million and 300 million people at risk […] Read More

Pope Francis has written an exhaustive encyclical to all the churches of the Roman Catholic communion, “Laudato si’, mi’ Signore” (Praise be to you, my Lord). He affirms that all species give glory to God, who cares for each one (Luke 12:6, Matthew 6:26). The pope recognizes the seriousness of the global environmental crisis and […] Read More

Some of the arguments about fracking are foolish. Earthquakes and carcinogens in the water supply, the closure of major petro-chemical plants, and no gas for our central heating systems reflect the agendas of particular groups. Many opponents want to preserve local environments, while a large number of those in favor, despite their apparent sincere concern […] Read More