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by Sandi Austin

United Methodist News reporter Jim Patterson penned an eye-opening article recently about the 2019 United Methodist Creation Care, a summit with a somewhat disturbing consensus: We have a short window of time to save Earth’s ability to continue hosting human life.

Are we seeing the early signs of global warming happening now, but just not paying attention? Scientists cite extreme heat, heavier rainstorms and flooding, longer wildfire seasons, increased air pollution, and the spread of insect-borne diseases as some of the impacts in the long term.

At the summit, Rev. Pat Watkins, a retired missionary with the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries, stated that recycling and driving electric cars aren’t going to be enough.

Sure, we can all change our own behaviors by driving less and using less plastic, but it’s going to take the entire world working together to save the environment.

The Rev. Mark Y.A. Davies, a professor and director at Oklahoma City University, said at the summit, “If we take seriously what our best climate scientists are telling us, we have about 11 years to really turn this very large ship around.”

He added that we can all do our part individually but, “unless we change the systems – the economic system, the transportation system, energy system, the political system – we’re not going to get to where we need to be in the amount of time we have left to get there.”

An upcoming workshop at Heart of Longmont entitled Project Drawdown will introduce this issue and educate members about the challenges of global warming and opportunities for solutions. Two featured speakers will address attendees at the two-part workshop. The dates are Aug. 6 and Aug. 13, both from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

See https://heartoflongmont.org/announcement/project-drawdown-workshop-2/ for further details, or pick up a flyer from the Hospitality Desk.

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