We know from history what is considered sin during one period of time is ignored during the next. We also know that using religion as the bases for demonizing some group or activity has political catche.
So, the idea has been pitched liberals could make progress in passing anti pollution legislation and electing environmently friendly candidates by labeling pollution a sin. They could do this by referring to the Bible.
There is a lot of scripture that can be interpreted as being pro environment. So many verses could be quoted here I would run out of space.
Now, you need not quote for me all the passages which say man is here to use up whatever is available–to dominate all the other creatures of the earth. We have all heard these.
If the god wanted humans to be good stewards of all he supposedly gave them, I can’t imagine a more sinful behavior than causing climate change. The many ways we contribute, with our possessions that pollute the atmosphere, should cause every Christian to be on his/her knees asking forgiveness.
If this were the message of environmentalists, along the the scripture to illustrate its accuracy, it seems like it would make an impact. The question is whether there are active Christians who would make the argument and whether nonChristians could or would do it.
One thing we know is that sin sells some ideas. Whether we will ever see it in environmental politics remains to be seen.