Last year the University of Nebraska, Lincoln came out with a report on the implications of climate change for the state.  Are other state universities releasing similar studies for their states?  Below are the key points for Nebraska as well as a link to the full report.

Past and Projected Changes in Nebraska’s Climate:  Key Points 

Some of these key points were highlighted at the “Gathering for the Planet” worship service hosted by First UMC, Omaha last month.  The service was a chance to worship with folks from other faith traditions and affirm what our theologies teach us about God as Creator and human beings as stewards.

The service ended with this prayer from Pope Francis’ Laudato si’ encyclical --

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love,

that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live

as brothers and sisters, harming no one.

O God of the poor,

help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives,

that we may protect the world and not prey on it,

that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction. Touch the hearts

of those who look only for gain

at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,

to be filled with awe and contemplation,

to recognize that we are profoundly united

with every creature

as we journey towards your infinite light.

We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle

for justice, love and peace.