• Learning Objectives
  • Case Study: Mongolian Herders
  • Global Climate Change and Science
    • Climate, Weather, and Atmosphere
    • Earth’s Atmosphere
    • Greenhouse Gases
  • Defining and Detecting Climate Change
  • Evidence of Climate Change
  • Climate Change Drivers
    • Natural Causes
    • Anthropogenic Causes
  • Climate Change Impacts
    • Distribution of Water and Precipitation
    • Extreme Weather Events
    • Ocean Acidification
    • Sea Levels
    • Plants and Animals
  • Global Climate Change and Ethics
  • Global Climate Change and Spirituality
  • Global Climate Change and Action
    • Regional Reports
    • Action Ideas
  • Chapter Reflection Questions and Explorations
  • Additional Resources
AlertIf you have not done so, please read the Healing Earth Introduction before proceeding through this chapter. The Introduction gives you background terms and explanations necessary for understanding the chapter.
effects of climate change
The effects of climate change. 1

Earth’s climate has always undergone change. However, modern climate change does not fit the long pattern of geologic history. In the past half century, the rate and extent of climate change has been extraordinary. This change is altering the planet by destroying healthy ecological balances that have been operating for millions of years.

The authors of Healing Earth are dedicated to the task of slowing and stopping this destruction. We imagine an Earth restored for future generations. As we have done throughout Healing Earth, we invite you to imagine this with us and join this work.

In this chapter we follow the path now familiar to you. We begin with science. Then, before using this knowledge as a resource for action, we must grasp our ethical responsibilities and strengthen our spiritual resolve.