Scientists Warn Next 10 Years Are Vital in Fight Against Climate Change
SAN DIEGO, June 3, 2021 -- Plant With Purpose, a leading Christian environmental group, announces their partnership with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration in efforts to reverse the decline of the natural world and will also host a webinar in celebration of World Environment Day.
Climate scientists believe that the next 10 years are critical to restore and address environmental restoration before some problems become potentially irreversible. (Grison et. al.). The World Meteorological Organization predicts that by the end of 2025 there is a 90% chance the world will face another record for the hottest year. Currently, the planet is already 1.2 degrees Celsius warmer than pre-industrial times and presents a 40% chance of surpassing the temperature limit established by the Paris Climate Agreement, reports the Associated Press.
Ecosystem degradation is already affecting the well-being of at least 3.2 billion people – 40% of the world’s population. (IPBES, 2018)
“We hope to convey the critical need of supporting the environment to Christians, as the issue transcends into other areas such as poverty alleviation,” said Plant With Purpose CEO Scott Sabin. “We must do our part to provide care and show love to the people we share our planet with.”
To support the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, Plant With Purpose is hosting a free Webinar Panel: How Should Christians Respond to the Global Ecosystem Crisis? The webinar is on June 8 at 1 p.m. PST. To reserve a spot register here. Sabin will be a panelist for the webinar that will address questions on how Christians should respond to ecosystem restoration if the environment is a responsibility of Christians and what they should do about it. Other panelists include Rusty Prichard, vice president for Tearfund, USA, Sandra Richter Author of Stewards of Eden and Biblical Studies Chair at Westmont College and Rachel Lamb, senior advisor for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action (YECA) and a board member for A Rocha USA.
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration officially launches on World Environment Day, June 5, and rallies governments, corporations, citizens and governments to do their part in healing the planet. A digital space has been created to connect those interested in ecosystem restoration with a goal to combine efforts and redefine the sense of stewardship.
“We are thrilled to participate in the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and are honored by the opportunity to work alongside other organizations, partners, and institutions all around the globe to assist in restoring ecosystems by planting trees, promoting regenerative agriculture, and empowering local communities to heal their land,” said Sabin. “As an international nonprofit, we recognize the significant role presented as we aim to acknowledge and establish connections in the faith communities.”
The U.S.-based christian environmental group, Plant With Purpose, strives to reverse environmental degradation, the root cause of rural poverty around the world, particularly calling Christians to environmental stewardship and compassion. Learn more about Plant With Purpose