Discussion at UM to Blend Faith, Climate Change

November 12, 2015

MISSOULA – Faith and Climate Action Montana will sponsor a panel discussion at the University of Montana on empowering people of faith to make a difference in the midst of the climate change issue. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in the University Center Theater.

The talk, “Faith and Climate Change: Why People of Faith Should be Engaged, and How We Can Make a Difference,” aims to build momentum for conversation about religious and ethical motivations for engagement on climate change. It will feature the following panelists:

  • Len Broberg, UM professor of environmental studies: “Global Context of the Upcoming Paris United Nations Conference.”
  • Rev. Joseph Carver, pastor at St. Francis Xavier Church: “Pope Francis’ Encyclical: Caring for Our ‘Common Home.’”
  • Dan Spencer, co-author of “Earth Ethics,” ordained United Church of Christ minister and UM professor of environmental studies: “Religious Perspectives on Engagement on Climate Change.”
  • Caroline Lauer, program associate at Climate Smart Missoula: “Climate Initiatives in Missoula: Practical Ways to Get Involved.”

 The discussion is free and open to the public.

 This event is a lead-up to the major United Nations climate change conference in Paris in December, which will focus on issues such as renewable energy, short-lived climate pollutants and innovation.

Faith and Climate Action Montana is a new coalition of clergy and people of faith working to engage individuals and congregations on climate change.

For more information on the event, email Abigail Huseth, Faith and Climate Action Montana coordinator with UM’s Emmaus Campus Ministry, at abigail.huseth@umontana.edu or call the Environmental Studies Program office at 406-243-6273.

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Contact: Abigail Huseth, Faith and Climate Action Montana coordinator, 406-243-6273, abigail.huseth@umontana.edu.