Kim, associate professor of theology at the Earlham School of Religion, is a member of the working group on climate change for the World Council of Churches.
She is also editor of a new book, “Making Peace with the Earth: Action and Advocacy for Climate Justice.”
“The focus is for the world leaders to come together to agree that they will emit lower carbon emissions,” says Kim, noting that more than 150 heads of state are attending this year’s conference despite the recent attacks in Paris.
President Barack Obama was among them, addressing the conference Monday. He noted that the United States has the world’s largest economy and is the second-largest global polluter.
“We’re hoping that there will be agreement to use renewable energy now,” Kim says.
Officials from the global faith community also presented more than 1.7 million signatures petitioning the U.N. to take decisive action on climate change.
“The church cannot remain silent in this issue of climate justice,” Kim says. “It’s always the most vulnerable, the poorest people in the world that are affected the most.”
“This meeting in Paris is crucial,” Kim says. “It’s getting a lot of exposure. Churches are involved, and churches are marching and writing letters.”
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