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Global Warming Report Headed to the NH Church Pulpit?

February 2, 2007

A lot of "I-told-you-so's" are no doubt flying today, as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued ia major report on global warming. The conclusions: it is happening, and it's "very likely" that human activities are accelerating the rate of change. Here in New Hampshire, the report is being reviewed by numerous groups, including both the religious and environmental communities.

In fact, David Lamarre-Vincent of the New Hampshire Council of Churches says don't be surprised to hear more on the topic from the pulpit. A series of workshops is already in the works to help local congregations leave a smaller "greenhouse pollution footprint" on the Earth.

"The problem for most Christians in New Hampshire is that we've simply lacked the courage of our convictions to change our congregations' habits, our own personal habits."

Jan Pendlebury of the group New Hampshire Global Warming says the report can be seen as positive, because it might be just the fuel needed to fire economic opportunities in the clean energy business.

"We have the capability to switch to a clean energy future that will make us safer and remove us from being dependent on foreign oil."

There are still critics of this and similar reports, who assert that global warming is a natural phenomenon about which humans can do little. Apparently, in New Hampshire, just as many people feel it would be irresponsible not to try.

Deborah Smith/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - NH