Center for Earth Ethics Director Karenna Gore speaking at a Dakota Access Pipeline protest on April 6, 2017, in New York. (Erik McGregor/Sipa via AP Images)

Karenna Gore: Religious Leaders Should Urge Climate Activism on ‘Moral and Spiritual Level’

It’s been a busy Spring for CEE’s Karenna Gore.  From giving the Earth Day sermon at Harvard Memorial Church, to planning the upcoming 2018 Ministry in the Time of Climate Change conference at Union Theological Seminary, to her interview with Shaun Casey at Georgetown University. PJ Media’s NICHOLAS BALLASY caught up with Karenna for a quick interview following her talk at the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs.

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WASHINGTON – Karenna Gore, director of the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, urged the Catholic Church and other “faith communities” to become climate change activists and preach about taking action on the issue.

“I actually think that [preaching is] one of the main things that could actually break through on this issue. One of the ways that we could break through on this issue is if people really start to think deeply on another level about it; on a moral and spiritual level and are moved from a different kind of place to take action, to raise it with their elected representatives, to make it inform their individual choices but also our political agenda, to be constantly saying, why are we building up more fossil fuels? Why don’t we switch to a new renewable energy?” Gore told PJM following a discussion at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs at Georgetown University on Monday evening.

“But preaching is, I mean, in the history of this country. And it is complex, but one of the things that has been observed from the beginning is that there are – well, I don’t want to give a theory on American history but basically I do believe that church communities are places in which people can sort out deep values and then have conversations in a way that help us come to conviction on certain things,” she added.

Continue to Full Interview on PJ Media – Originally published May 13, 2018