Monday, July 9, 2012

An Evangelical Asks The Candidates To Take A Stand On Climate Change

Ben Lowe, a staff member with the Evangelical Environmental Network, performs three important tasks in this Relevant post.

First, he chides both President Obama and Mitt Romney for their silence on climate change:
President Obama and Governor Romney have yet to seriously address the climate crisis in their campaigns. And time is running out.
Remember global warming? Yeah, well, judging by the campaigns so far, our presidential candidates don’t. And that’s a big problem because the climate crisis has not gone away. To the contrary, communities around America and the world are already suffering from its impacts, and things continue to get worse.
Second, he may not burst a stereotype, but he pricks it a little when illustrates that at least some evangelicals believe the science that tells them that climate change a real threat:
The basic science behind the climate crisis has been widely understood for decades. Polls show that 97% of practicing climate scientists now view global warming as a serious risk. And the dire consequences of inaction are becoming clearer with each passing year. Earlier in 2012, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the world’s foremost body on the climate crisis, issued a new, detailed report confirming the connection between climate change and extreme weather events, such as heat waves, droughts, and floods.
Third, he points to dangers of ignoring the problem and links those risks to theology:
Now, I’m not into doom and gloom, but the reality around the climate crisis is grim, and hiding from it does no good. Millions of people face hunger/famine and malnutrition around the world today. One to two billion will lack access to clean water this century. Millions are experiencing coastal and inland flooding. And an estimated 200 million will become climate refugees by 2050. This does not take into account those suffering violence from energy and resource-based conflicts, or the drastic impacts the climate crisis is having on the rest of God’s groaning creation. These are some of the tragic consequences of our unsustainable lifestyles and our collective inaction.
Prompting politicians to take a stand, deflating a stereotype, and tying risks to theology is great work for three posts.  Lowe does it in one.

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