Halki Summit IV

COVID-19 and Climate Change: Living with and Learning from a Pandemic

COVID-19 has lowered global carbon emissions; but it hasn’t slowed climate change. Our response to COVID-19 has precipitated the discovery of a vaccine; but it has left the world with a staggering number of deaths.

The pandemic of Covid-19 has permanently affected our planet and altered our lives. The world has wrestled to survive and learned to live with the coronavirus. But what are the lessons that we have learned? What has been the impact on nature and the environment? What have been the implications for healthcare? And what have we understood about the relevance and importance of science?

Speakers & Organizers

Impact on Nature

Originally aired on January 26, 2021 @ 8:00 PM EST

The novel coronavirus is a global human and ecological crisis. Covid-19 is a stark reminder of our failed relationship with nature. Loss of wildlife and natural habitats, as well as the repercussions of such losses on poorer and indigenous communities, are exacerbated by infectious diseases. What does climate change teach us about the coronavirus? How does the coronavirus affect climate change? What have we learned and what have we yet to learn about this pandemic or how the social, economic, and ecological impacts can be mitigated?

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew | Text of Keynote Address
Bill McKibben
Jeffrey Sachs
Mary Evelyn Tucker

Importance of Science

Originally aired on January 27, 2021 @ 8:00 PM EST

While politics and science – and by analogy, religion and science – do not always mix well, the pandemic has compelled them to enter a relationship, even if with some regret or resistance. How have governments responded to scientists and the science of Covid-19? How have churches responded to scientists and the science of Covid-19? Does a vaccine solve all our problems? Are we prepared to make necessary changes in our lives? How has Covid-19 affected science and technology, as well as our perception of science and religion?

Metropolitan John of Pergamon | Text of Message
Nadia Abuelezam
Katharine Hayhoe
Gayle Woloschak

Implications for Health

Originally aired on January 28, 2021 @ 8:00 PM EST

As the novel coronavirus affects the lives of millions of people throughout the world, rising above national boundaries and racial differences, it has invariably left an indelible mark on matters of public health and mental health. What is the importance of coordination and cooperation, of mandatory lockdowns and social distancing, as well as of leadership and support? And what is the tradeoff between health and economy? What is the appropriate response to – and what have we learned about – the need to care for people?

Sotiris Tsiodras | Text of Message
Metropolitan Nathanael of Chicago
Sandra Mathoslah
George Stavros

In the Press

Newsletter of the Ecumenical Patriarchate’s Permanent Delegation to the World Council of Churches – January 2021: Halki Summit IV

Vatican News – Halki Summit IV: Focus on Covid-19 and Climate Change


Eureka Street – Halki Summit highlights care for creation amid pandemic