Evangelicals Stand Up for the EPA on Climate Change
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, June 21, 2012, 11:08 AM EDT
TV Spots in Key States and More Than 40,000 Messages of Support. Contact: Jim Ball, 202-744-5615; email@example.com
June 21, 2012 (WASHINGTON, DC) – This Sunday morning the Evangelical Environmental Network (EEN) will be running TV spots in key states — VA, TN, NC, OH, PA, MO and in DC — asking viewers to tell their Senators “that defending the EPA’s ability to reduce carbon pollution is the right thing to do.”
On Monday, EEN’s President, the Rev. Mitch Hescox, will meet with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson, play the TV spot for her, and hand-deliver more than 40,000 messages of support from pro-life Christians.
“We’re happy to stand side by side with Administrator Jackson as the EPA leads our country in reducing carbon pollution,” Hescox says.
The TV spots highlight the extreme weather that has been plaguing the United States and point out that the poor in lesser developed nations are and will continue to experience more frequent and intense heatwaves, droughts, floods and other harmful impacts due to climate change.
“You do whatever it takes to protect someone you love,” the video narrator says. “What about the less fortunate in poorer countries? Climate change is threatening their lives. Jesus taught us to care for ‘the least of these,’ and today this means working to overcome climate change.”
“I’m sure it will surprise some to know that over 40,000 pro-life Christians are supporting the EPA’s efforts to overcome global warming,” says the Rev. Jim Ball, author of Global Warming and the Risen LORD and EEN’s Executive Vice President for Policy and Climate Change. “Support for climate action has been quietly growing, despite our economic troubles and the disavowal of climate change by prominent political leaders. Christians are seeing that climate action is part of Christ’s lordship in our lives, even in the midst of hardship and opposition.”
Support for climate action within the evangelical community began in February 2006 when more than 80 senior evangelical leaders, including Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church, formed the Evangelical Climate Initiative (ECI) and issued a statement calling for strong action on climate change, including federal legislation to put a price on carbon. Since then evangelicals have authored numerous books climate change and creation care, including Katharine Hayhoe and Andrew Farley’s A Climate of Change: Global Warming Facts for Faith-Based Decisions, Jonathan Merritt’s Green Like God, Ben Lowe’s Green Revolution and Ball’s Global Warming and the Risen LORD.
“Christ’s Lordship over climate action is reaching more and more evangelicals, and support for the EPA’s climate regulations will continue to grow,” Hescox says. “So goes our community on this issue, so goes the country.”