While giving a presentation this month to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at the Vatican, it struck me just how fortuitous the timing was for this three-day meeting at the intersection of health, climate science, and faith.
On the day before, the U.S. federal government released a comprehensive report on climate science. Two days after, the world turned to Bonn, Germany, for the next round of United Nations climate talks. In both instances, the Trump administration’s denial and isolation stuck out like a sore thumb. While his own federal scientists laid out in exquisite detail the extent of how human activity causes climate change, his administration has operated under the opposite assumption and promoted fossil fuels at every turn.
They stand alone in that pursuit. Because while in Bonn, Syria announced that it too would join the Paris Agreement, solidifying global unity. This makes America’s the only government resisting the inevitable clean energy future that protects public health and God’s creation.
That doesn’t mean, however, that America isn’t on board. Although Trump wants to exit Paris, over 2,500 governors, mayors, businesses, universities, and faith groups have declared “We Are Still In.”
Which means that whether Trump likes it or not, America is taking climate action. And faith groups, including evangelicals, will be front and center in this fight.
Insofar as climate change hurts the least among us the most, flooding homes that folks can’t afford to replace, parching crops smallholder farmers rely on for food and finances, and scorching retirement communities full of residents particularly vulnerable to heat stroke, climate denial is anti-life and climate action pro-life.
Because when the Lord commanded us to care for his creation, I doubt he meant sacrificing pure air for industry profits. When the Bible tells us to protect and provide for the least among us, it is not referring to CEOs and stockholders. When spiritual leaders call on…