A few posts ago I noted a letter signed by 200 evangelical scientists urging strong action on climate change. Over at Religion & Politics, one of them, Dorothy Boorse at Gordon College, now discusses in more detail the urgency of the matter–and relates it socioeconomic justice. Here’s a taste:
Climate change makes hard things harder, and harms the poor first. In heat waves, low-income people are less likely to have access to cool areas, are more likely to suffer respiratory distress, and more likely to die. Around the world, the poor suffer disproportionately from many of the other effects of warming such as extreme weather events, sea level rise, increase in diseases, and changes in food availability.