What is climate change? According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA}, “The climate of a region or city is its weather averaged over many years and some causes of climate change are natural. Most scientists believe that recent warming can't be explained by nature alone. They also conclude that it is very likely that most of the warming since the mid-1900s is due to the burning of coal, oil and gas. Burning these fuels is how we produce most of the energy that we use every day. This burning adds heat-trapping gases, such as carbon dioxide, into the air. These gases are called greenhouse gases.” (5) A greenhouse in a garden setting is actually a controlled environment, but on a global sphere the greenhouse effect, scientist attribute to natural disasters or an uncontrollable environment.
Climate change can also affect our nutrition. In the greenhouse effect, there is an increase of carbon in the environment. “Increases in carbon dioxide actually result in a lowered nutritional value of grown food such as wheat, rice, barley, and potatoes. This occurs because plants produce less protein and more sugars/starches in a carbon rich atmosphere. Plants also are less effective at taking in essential soil minerals. This is all in addition to the threats to our food system by droughts and extreme weather.”(1)
With a rise in floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, droughts and other natural disasters there is no question as to why climate change has become a “buzz word.” The reasons stated by scientist do not contradict what the bible states. Since the fall of man, there has been a succession of climatic declension, among other things. We are told this will happen, “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.” “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” Luke 21:11, 25, 26(2)
As we look at the impact of these calamities increasing on a daily basis it is no wonder why Jesus said that men’s hearts would fail them for fear. These calamities by land and sea also impact our food production. Some ways they are affected is by depleting the soil, scorching our crops from droughts to wiping out crops from storms. Not only do these disasters affect our physical well-being but also our very own sustenance is at risk. For this reason, we should be found watching and praying not only for our safety and spiritual security but also for our daily bread.
“As I hear of the terrible calamities that from week to week are taking place, I ask myself: What do these things mean? The most awful disasters are following one another in quick succession. How frequently we hear of earthquakes and tornadoes, of destruction by fire and flood, with great loss of life and property! Apparently these calamities are capricious outbreaks of seemingly disorganized, unregulated forces, but in them God’s purpose may be read. They are one of the means by which He seeks to arouse men and women to a sense of their danger.” (4)
(1) Abraham, J. (2017, May 5). Medical scientists report on the impact climate change is having on health. Retrieved from https://www.theguardian.com/environment/climate-consensus-97-per-cent/2017/may/05/medical-scientists-report-on-the-impact-climate-change-is-having-on-health
(2) KJV Bible
(3) Stoller-Conrad, J. (2017, May 3) Keeping an eye on food supply. Retrieved from https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2582/keeping-an-eye-on-food-supply/
(4) White, E. Counsels for the church
(5) What Are Climate and climate change? Retrieved from https://www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents/5-8/features/nasa-knows/what-is-climate-change-58.html