I am here in New York City to help in the World Council of Church’ Interfaith Summit on Climate Change. There is also the Religions for the Earth conference at Union Theological Seminary and the United Nations is holding a Climate Summit 2014.
Here is my latest for the Huffington Post about Climate Change events.
Here is my EthicsDaily.com interview about the WCC Interfaith Summit on Climate Change.
Below is a repost from the EthicsDaily.com website.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim, visiting researcher at Georgetown University and a member of the WCC’s working group on climate change, talked Thursday to EthicsDaily.com via Skype about the interfaith summit.
The summit involves 30 religious leaders from around the world.
“One of the objectives of this Interfaith Summit will be to convey the faith communities’ concerns and proposals to the Secretary General’s Climate Summit as part of long-term efforts to influence the climate negotiations and the contributions countries bring to the table,” according to the Interfaith Summit website.
Kim said religious leaders were not invited to be part of the UN’s summit, so part of the Interfaith Summit’s mission is providing a faith witness on environmental concerns.
“We need to take care of this problem,” said Kim, referring to destructive climate change.
“We just wanted to make an added impression that religious leaders are taking this seriously,” Kim said. “Part of taking care of the earth—stewardship—is vital for all religious leaders, not just for Christians, but for religious leaders worldwide.”
“I think we wanted to make a case that climate change is also social justice,” Kim said. “The poor people are affected even worse than the rich.”
Kim said environmental justice does not exist in a vacuum; rather, it is tied to economic justice and racial justice, for example. As such, it deserves attention even amid other global crises like the war on terrorism.
Watch the interview with Kim at vimeo.com/ethicsdaily/skype-gracejisunkim3
Grace Ji-Sun Kim is Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University. She is the author of 6 books, Theological Reflections on “Gangnam Style” co-written with Joseph Cheah, Reimagining with Christian Doctrines co-edited with Jenny Daggers (Palgrave), Contemplations from the Heart (Wipf & Stock), Colonialism, Han and the Transformative Spirit (Palgrave Pivot), The Holy Spirit, Chi, and the Other: A Model of Global and Intercultural Pneumatology (Palgrave Macmillan) and The Grace of Sophia: A Korean North American Women’s Christology (Pilgrim Press). She is a co-editor with Dr. Joseph Cheah for the Palgrave Macmillan Book Series, “Asian Christianity in Diaspora”.