Sunday is Earth Day. About 15 years ago, my geologist friend said his profession had come to agree climate change was happening.
Agreement climate patterns are changing is slowly spreading across the rest of the world’s population. Here is the U. S., resistance of the political and religious right has been stiff, but some say it is moving.
A professor at a Christian college, Mark McReynolds, believes opinion in evangelical circles is changing. He notes last year 4,000 church officials and pastors from around the world attended a green evangelical event in Cape Town. The Southern Baptist Convention passed a resolution in 2008 addressing the consequences of climate change.
While all admit the Bible does not command a position on this, it does say one is to be a good neigbor. But, what are we to make of the “cause” of global warming?
We all know climates have cycles. But, the cycles are falling outside normal patterns.
There is the variable we have all heard about, carbon. We know there is more of it than ever. We know our consumption of energy emits carbon. We know carbon affects the atmosphere.
The nearly unanimous conclusion of scientists is no other variable has changed since prehistoric times except the volume of carbon. They conclude that although natural cycles account for some climate change, this new variable also affects climate.
For the life of me, I can’t see the harm in reducing the carbon we cause.