Evangelical Climate Initiative
The Evangelical Climate Initiative is an organization of Christian leaders in America whose "love for God and neighbor...compels [them] to recognize that human-induced climate change is a serious Christian issue requiring action now." Responding to contemporary reports of unprecedented global warming, the Initiative published a statement that views the reality of climate change as evidence of humanity's poor stewardship of the earth. The statement issues a call to fellow Christians to alter the destructive behaviors that have led to the changes in climate -- for the sake of the earth and for the sake of the poor. But are religious grounds the best grounds from which to make such an appeal? And are the behavior changes the ECI suggests that Christians ought to make really the ones that will benefit the earth, and the poor, the most? (Be sure to read also the response to this statement issued by the Interfaith Stewardship Alliance. Both statements echo and develop themes that are present in Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem "God's Grandeur.")
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