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Climate change is the most serious challenge we face on our planet. The decisions we make in response to this challenge will effect generations to come.1

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    1941 photo taken by Ulysses William O. Field; 2004 photo taken by Bruce F. Molnia. Courtesy of the Glacier Photograph Collection, National Snow and Ice Data Center/World Data Center for Glaciology.

As you work through this chapter you will:

  • Investigate a case study that illustrates the impact of climate change on a community of our human population.
  • Explore the key scientific concepts of global climate change.
  • Study the major symptoms of global climate change.
  • Analyze the causes of climate change and see how human activities affect the climate.
  • See the consequences of global climate change for ecosystems and human society.
  • Recognize the moral principles, goals, and virtues needed for making sound policy and lifestyle responses to global climate change.
  • Investigate why and how the challenge of global climate change is raising spiritual questions.
  • Consider an environmental action that addresses climate change in your community.