Climate change is a worldwide issue with ramifications for all ethnic groups. Yet, there is a dearth of engagement of climate change issues by Black theology and Black churches, even though the effects of climate change are predicted to affect African Americans and other racial minorities to a greater extent than other groups. Given the history of mistrust of the uses of scientific research and practices that have themselves caused negative impacts within the African American communities (e.g., Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment), this disconnect is not surprising. Furthermore, some view the attention given to anything other than criminal justice reform, police brutality, and other social issues only serves to distract from the main issues facing African Americans. This article brings Black Theology into conversation with the climate change movement via the bioethical issue of trust ethics. The author both demonstrates the direct threats climate change poses to African Americans as well as proffers pathways for a crucial partnership between Black theologians, churches, and climate change advocates.


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