The purpose of this assignment is to articulate a connection between the Theological Literacy general education outcome and the content viewed or read for class
- Theological Literacy evaluates the unique contribution that theology makes in the particular political, cultural, or social question at hand.
Paper should answer the following:
- Summary/history of the issue from the text or course discussion
- Articulation of how the issue relates to one of the general education outcomes
- What might we learn by connecting those issues to the chosen outcome
Summary/History of the Issue
Climate change has become an issue of significant concern on the global stage, especially in the last half a century. However, it took more than a century of data and research for the majority of scientists to agree that human activity could significantly alter the climate of the entire planet. In the 1800s, scientists who conducted experiments that indicated that human activity produced carbon dioxide and other gases that could form a blanket around the atmosphere and eventually insulate the Earth were met with a lot of skepticism (Lynas et al., 2021). However, by the 1950s, carbon dioxide readings that had been collected for several years provided an insight related to the global warming theory. In the past century, the collection of abundant data along with climate modeling has therefore shown that global warming is not only real but also presents a lot of dire consequences for populations across the world (Santos & Bakhshoodeh, 2021). In contemporary times, the potential effects of global warming have been well-documented, including having a significant effect on precipitation patterns which can result in flooding or lack of rain in some areas. Global warming has also been attributed to the rising incidence of wildfires, unprecedented droughts, and other extreme events, including rising sea levels (Rosso Grossman, 2018).
Should we be concerned about global warming or not? And do we think global warming could be solved if we put the political aspect aside.
I believe that it’s important to rely on theological literacy and understanding to try and understand the challenge of global warming. I, therefore, believe that everybody should be concerned about global warming because the phenomenon relates to the destruction of the planet and the upsetting of the normal balance in which the planet was created and operates. Relying on theological literacy, global warming can therefore be attributed to destructive practices resulting from human activities, especially as a result of significant industrialization and capitalistic practices. Considering the proponents of global warming and those who oppose the existence of global warming, it is therefore clearly evident that the political debate has significantly interfered with the discussion related to global warming.
I believe that we should be significantly concerned about global warming and that every human being on the planet should pay attention to the issues related to global warming. This is because global warming is not theoretical, with numerous extreme weather events and natural calamities being witnessed currently as a result of global warming. At the present time, many small island nations across the world are on the verge of disappearing as a result of rising sea levels. A lot of extreme weather events such as massive flooding have also been reported across the world, including in the United States, Europe, and even Asia. Wildfires that affect large areas and take long to control have also become more frequent in the United States. The issue of global warming has become a factual issue of modern-day life which should not be an issue that should be politicized (Rosso Grossman, 2018).
The politicization of the global warming issue makes it difficult to resolve such a complex issue because different parties on the different spectrums of the political divide provide arguments either in support or in opposition to global warming, which subsequently leads to less progress on the laying up of effective policies to address the challenge of global warming. Making arguments related to scientific research and supported by other than important disciplines such as theology can help you solve the issue of global warming, especially if the political aspect in the debate is discouraged.
Lynas, M., Houlton, B. Z., & Perry, S. (2021). Greater than 99% consensus on human-caused climate change in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. Environmental Research Letters, 16(11), 114005. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ac2966
Rosso Grossman, M. (2018). Climate Change and the Individual. The American Journal of Comparative Law, 66(suppl_1), 345–378. https://doi.org/10.1093/ajcl/avy018
Santos, R. M., & Bakhshoodeh, R. (2021). Climate change/global warming/climate emergency versus general climate research: comparative bibliometric trends of publications. Heliyon, 7(11), e08219. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2021.e08219