Jefferson City church to host climate change discussion

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JEFFERSON CITY - Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish's discussion panel will center on the "Faith Response to Climate Change."

The event will revolve around Pope Francis' stance on climate change. The Pope said the issue relates to "every person living on this planet."

One event organizer said this makes it a pro-life issue.

"This is an issue that affects all life," Jim Kemna said. "Animal, human, around the world. And will be affecting all life in the future."

The event will begin with a presentation by Dr. Jack Fishman, a professor of Meteorology from Saint Louis University.

This will be followed by a response by Mike Hoey on how Dr. Fishman's presentation relates to Catholic teaching. Hoey is the former Director of the Missouri Catholic Conference.

"It is a fairly complicated and involved presentation that they are going to have," Kemna said.

Kemna added that living in Missouri causes people to not experience the impact of climate change as heavily as other places, but that education can help bridge the gap.

"If they hear a little bit more and see a little bit more of what is involved here, I think they will begin to see this is a pro-life issue," Kemna said.

The event will be held at Jefferson City's Immaculate Conception Catholic Church starting at 6:30 p.m. Organizers are expecting 30 to 40 people to attend, however they said they would love to have more.