Karyn Bigelow is co-executive director of Creation Justice. She has served as the policy advisor and project manager as well policy analyst and research analyst at Bread for the World, focusing on the intersections of climate change, food security and racial equity. She is a steering committee member of the American Baptist Churches’ Creation Justice Network and on the Leadership Committee of the Pan African Young Adult Network.

She earned her Master of Divinity from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where she sat on the board of directors, and her undergraduate degree in social relations and policy from Michigan State University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Science in global food security and nutrition, focusing her studies and research on sustainability. She holds a certificate in beekeeping and is a former Green Faith Junior Fellow.

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Hope Is a Climate Survival Strategy

by Karyn Bigelow, by Avery Davis Lamb 08-12-2021

A firefighter tries to extinguish a wildfire near Marmaris, Turkey, Aug. 1, 2021. REUTERS/Umit Bektas TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY/File Photo

This week, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report on the state of the climate crisis. It is a report that frames, in the cautious language of science, the dire state of the world. This panel of experts from around the world found that warming of 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius in the next century is certain unless there are extreme and immediate cuts in greenhouse gases. This level of warming would spread and intensify the kinds of extreme weather — hurricanes, wildfires, floods, and heat waves — we have seen unfold for over a decade. This report shows us the reality that our actions will not be enough to prevent catastrophic climate change. Immediate action on climate can prevent the worst effects of climate change — but catastrophe has already happened. Catastrophes are happening all around us.