Alaskan Indigenous Peoples Threatened by Climate Change
According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 31 Alaskan communities face “imminent” existential threats from coastline erosion, flooding, and other consequences of rising temperatures. Four Indigenous communities—Kivalina, Newtok, Shishmaref, and Shaktoolik—are considered to be in particular danger and will need to be moved. Without federal coordination, the necessary relocation of these communities will take years.
God, we pray for the people who live in these communities, who are among the first to be impacted in life-changing ways by climate change. We pray for comfort and for courage in this transition, and for world leaders to take swift and serious action to address the growing impacts of climate change, particularly on those who are most vulnerable.