Last year, the New Mexico Court of Appeals upheld an earlier ruling against a teen who sued Governor Susana Martinez for not doing enough to tackle climate change. Now, Catholic groups are intervening in a similar suit making its way through federal court in Oregon.
Scientists can describe intensifying wildfires, droughts, disappearing glaciers, the extinction of species and rising sea levels. They can predict and model. But data points and scientific graphs don’t inspire people to change their behavior. That takes faith, says Lutheran lay theologian Larry Rasmussen. And love. Citing Pope Francis’ encyclical ‘On Care for Our Common Home,’ Rasmussen believes action within religious organizations is finally reaching critical mass.