Elkin Presbyterian Church will reveal an in-depth view of climate change on Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. with an award-winning documentary “Chasing Ice” by James Balog.
In the movie, photo-journalist Balog sets out on a quest to document glaciers on five continents, and shows they are in fact, disappearing through continuous photography.
Presbyterian Minister Stuart Taylor said, “I believe that human civilization is at a watershed moment, and a point of no return. We face the global challenge of climate change.”
Taylor said humans can choose to deny it or face up to the responsibility to respond. When confronting the truth, through discussion and awareness, hope remains, he said.
“It is important for congregations to be a place where this can be found.”
Taylor said with recent reports, it is clear that climate change will impact North Carolina. He said there will be coastal impacts, such as rising seas, more dramatic storms, rainfall and flooding.
Species that have long called North Carolina home, such as the Mountain Brook trout, requiring high altitudes and shading will be affected, said Taylor.
If temperatures were to rise by two degrees, the habitat would dramatically swing, affecting all plants, animal species and humans, said Taylor.
“Let’s come together,” emphasized Taylor. The science community indicates it is absolutely clear it is happening.
“To do nothing is all we have to do to make sure a genuine planetary crisis happens.”
Taylor compared glaciers to the “the canary in the mine,” an indicator used in mines to indicate breathable air.
In the same way, glaciers are like that for humans, said Taylor. Preserving God’s earth for plants, animals and humans is important in bringing people together, said Taylor. Recession affects every part of the world, said the minister.
Musician Julian Charles of Bandits Roost will play original songs at the event.
Charles said, “We have this time in front of us where we will be judged by our actions; how we live our lives. This situation can be turned around. But it will take more than hope to do it. I think we all hope for a better world. Our future firmly rests upon doing rather than hoping.”
Free popcorn and refreshments will be served at the gathering.
Tanya Chilton may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @TanyaTDC.