Prominent evangelical leaders along with representatives of other religions are attending the United Nations summit on climate change in Copenhagen this week, where they aim to persuade global leaders to support cuts in carbon emissions.
Among the evangelical figures present in Copenhagen are Richard Cizik, former vice president of the National Association of Evangelicals, and Jim Ball, a leader at the Evangelical Environmental Network.
Mainline church leaders who are at the summit include Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual head of the Anglican Communion; Desmond Tutu, an archbishop emeritus of the Anglican Communion and Nobel Peace Prize laureate; and leaders of the National Council of Churches, according to USA Today. more >>
LONDON – Christians are called by Jesus to be the bearers of good news not only for humanity, but for the whole of creation, said the Archbishop of Canterbury on a day of climate change protests in central London.
Some 3,000 Christians gathered in Westminster for an ecumenical service before joining tens of thousands of campaigners in a march through the capital Saturday to call on the United Kingdom to take the lead at next week’s U.N. climate change summit in Copenhagen.
Dr. Rowan Williams said the human race had until now not been very good news for creation, as he warned that the failure to tend to the health and well-being of creation was already having negative effects on the lives of the most vulnerable communities in the world. more >>
My dear grandmother on my father’s side believed until her dying day that “the landing on the moon was fake but wrestling is real.” There was no sense presenting her with evidence concerning the validity of the moon landing. She decided that from the beginning that “President Kennedy dreamed the whole thing up and NASA had to go along because he was the president. “ “But grandma,” I used to say, “They brought back rocks and we saw the landing on T.V.” “Nonsense,” she would growl, “Those rocks came from Florida and all that T.V. stuff was straight out of Hollywood.”
Any attempt to convince her that wresting was straight out of a bad play production was also futile. She had more faith in Rick Flair, Wahoo McDaniel, and Andrea the Giant, than she did in Neil Armstrong, Buzz Alderin, and Mike Collins. Facts, even irrefutable facts, had no effect on my grandmother. She would just smile, lean forward, and say, “Some people can make the facts say whatever you want them to say.”
We now know the scientists at the formerly prestigious Climate Research Unit (CRU) agree with my grandmother’s philosophy of fact manipulation. Leaked documents and hacked emails have surfaced that point to widespread data deception and manipulation as well as outright suppression of facts that contradict the party line on manmade climate change. There can now be little doubt that science has been twisted for social and political ends. more >>
WASHINGTON – A group of evangelicals, comprised of scientists, economists and theologians, said the mainstream view of pending catastrophe caused by climate change is exaggerated. They made the claim at an event Thursday just days ahead of a key U.N.-sponsored climate change conference in Copenhagen.
The evangelical scholars argued that science, contrary to what many leading scientists claim, does not support the claim that increased CO2 in the atmosphere is having a negative effect on the earth. Rather, no one currently really understands clearly how the earth is responding to the increase in the greenhouse gas, they say. more >>
WASHINGTON – A green economy will simultaneously tackle poverty, unemployment and climate change, contends a new report by a Christian anti-hunger group.
In Bread for the World Institute’s 20th annual hunger report, entitled “Hunger 2010: A Just and Sustainable Recovery,” creating green jobs that advance clean, renewable forms of energy and boost energy efficiency was offered as a solution to the current economic and climate change crisis.
Most proposed ideas address hunger, unemployment or the climate change problem separately, but the report suggests that the United States approach the interrelated problems as a package. more >>
WASHINGTON – Unlike in the United States, there is little controversy among evangelicals around the world on whether climate change is real, said an evangelical representative at a press briefing on Capitol Hill.
“They know it is real,” said Deborah Fikes, executive advisor of the World Evangelical Alliance – a global alliance of churches in 128 nations and over 100 international organizations. But in the United States, many evangelicals deny climate change is real, causing their brothers in sisters in Christ around the world to interpret that they are “self-absorbed” and “lack [the] spiritual will” to change their lifestyle to help solve a problem that is life threatening, she said.
Fikes was a member of the delegation of evangelical leaders and leading climate scientists that briefed top White House advisors and U.S. Senate offices Tuesday about climate change. The self-described odd partners urged lawmakers to put aside their differences, as they had, and quickly act to address the climate change problem. more >>