What do you do when you don’t have access to clean water? You dig a well. The city of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital city with a population of almost 11 million people, is sinking at an average rate of 17 centimeters per year, making it the fastest sinking city in the world, although certainly not the only. By 2050, it is estimated that one third of the city will be underwater.
In Blantyre, Malawi, the rain is becoming less reliable. “We used to plant our crops in October,” said Brethren in Christ Bishop and Pastor Francis Kamoto. “Normally we have rain in three months, but you cannot predict it anymore. This year, we planted our crops in January.”
Creation Justice Ministries and CSCS are teaming up to host a retreat for faith leaders titled ‘Pastoral Care for Climate’ at the Duke University Marine Lab from June 13th-15th.
Pastors and other church leaders are unique in bringing together social, emotional and spiritual roles. The training helps empower pastors and other leaders to effectively engage science, broaden climate action in a congregation or ministry setting, and move people from denial and inaction to congregational action and political advocacy.