THE WALK IS DONE! Yesterday morning, we finished the walk on Capitol Hill just in time for the National Day of Prayer for Creation Care. What an accomplishment! Although I was only able to do the first week and the last day I still felt a sense of relief that this monster project was completed.
The National Day of Prayer for Creation Care, put on by the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) consisted of a noontime rally, a briefing about poverty and climate change and an evening Mark Shultz concert. At the rally we heard from representatives from organizations like Food for the Hungry, the National Hispanic Leadership Conference, and National Association of Evangelicals (NAE).
Later, the NAE hosted a briefing in the Senate building about climate change and the adaptations that will need to be made in impoverished areas. Jim Ball (EEN), Dave Evans (Food for the Hungry), and Adam Phillips (Micah Challenge) served as panelists. They discussed how the global South is facing climate change and the costs associated with these changes. Developing nations are often hit the hardest because they live in coastal areas that are prone to storms, their limited water supply makes them completely dependent on rain cycles, and they often live in tropical areas where there are high rates of infectious diseases. Climate change increases the severity and frequency of damaging storms, makes rain cycles sporadic, and increases the geographical range that vectors of disease can survive.
The Day of Prayer ended with a concert in Falls Church. Wendell Kimbrough opened with acoustic hymns for Dove award winner Mark Shultz and Mitch Hescox (EEN) and Ben Lowe said a few words about creation care.
Mallard ducks and their ducklings on the reflecting pool