Severe weather can be traced to human activity

Humans are disrupting the climate

In an opinion piece in The New York Times, Lucas Johnston, an assistant professor of religion and environmental studies at Wake Forest and the author of “Religion and Sustainability: Social Movements and the Politics of the Environment,” writes that “most ‘natural’ disasters can be traced to human activity and should not be written off as unforeseeable, unstoppable ‘acts of God.’

“Severe weather is becoming increasingly frequent and intense, and that’s happening for a reason. So it matters whether we think of God or humans as being responsible. We cannot conclusively link individual weather events to human disruption of the climate, but we do believe that human activity is the main force behind climate change and that climate change will lead to more ‘super storms’ like Haiyan and Sandy.”…

“We could do a better job of predicting climate change and subsequent conflicts, and in mitigating humanitarian disasters, perhaps making some headway toward the new U.N. mandate on the human right to a healthy environment,” he writes. “The first steps would be to stop blaming human-caused disasters on God, and to start taking responsibility for making the world a better place.”


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