Symposium on Religion and Climate Change

Following Pope Francis's historic visit to the United States and just a month before the momentous COP21 climate negotiations in Paris, the Berkley Center, in collaboration with the State Department, assembled a group of faith leaders, representatives of faith-based NGOs, scholars, and government policymakers to address the complex intersection of faith, science, and policy that surrounds the challenge of global climate change. Two panels addressed the moral and theological underpinnings of the climate action movement, and the connections between climate, justice, and poverty. A third panel explored climate challenges and possible policy responses. US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz delivered the keynote address.

​Panel ​1: ​Theology, Ethics, and the Environment
Fr. Drew Christiansen, S.J. (moderator), Georgetown University
Akbar Ahmed, Professor, American University
Julia Watts Belser, Georgetown University
Willis Jenkins, University of Virginia
Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University

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Panel 2​:​ Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Environmental Justice
Katherine Marshall (moderator), Georgetown University 
Galen Carey, National Association of Evangelicals
Maryann Cusimano Love, Catholic University
Ruth Messinger, American Jewish World Service
Adam Taylor, World Bank

Panel 3: Climate, Energy, and Action
Jennifer Hadden (moderator), Council on Foreign Relations
Mustafa Santiago Ali, US Environmental Protection Agency 
Leo Martinez, US Department of Treasury 
Griffin Thompson, US Department of State 
Thomas Wagner, NASA Cryosphere Program

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