Posted by: mcgurker | April 18, 2009

EPA Says Greenhouse Gases Endanger Public Health and Welfare!

On Friday, April 17, 2009, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a proposed finding that greenhouse gases contribute to air pollution that may endanger public health or welfare. According to a press release issued by the EPA, Administrator Lisa P. Jackson said that “This finding confirms that greenhouse gas pollution is a serious problem now and for future generations.” In addition, the report states, “In both magnitude and probability, climate change is an enormous problem. The greenhouse gases that are responsible for it endanger public health and welfare…” 

As Christians, we are called to “choose life so that we and our descendants might live” Deuteronomy 30.19 and participate in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ, by caring for Creation and our neighbors. Our response to climate change should reflect this call. The National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Program toolkits to help people of faith respond to climate change with compassion. Click here to check out faithfulclimate.org and find out how you can faithfully work to limit the impacts of climate change, by reducing your carbon emissions, encouraging your elected officials to seek sustainable and just solutions to climate change, and educating your friends and neighbors, all while praising God for Creation.

According to the EPA, The science clearly shows that concentrations of these gases are at unprecedented levels as a result of human emissions, and these high levels are very likely the cause of the increase in average temperatures and other changes in our climate including, increased drought; flooding; more frequent and intense heat waves and wildfires; sea level rise; more intense storms; and harm to water resources, agriculture, wildlife and ecosystems. Further, the report finds that climate change may lead to higher concentrations of ground-level ozone, a harmful pollutant. Click here to read the entire EPA Press release and get more information on the science of global warming.

            Members of congress are currently considering different options to address climate change.   Consider writing a letter to your members, reminding them of the social and moral costs of inaction ask them to work to reduce our emissions of greenhouse gas pollutions while protecting our neighbors living in or near poverty from increased energy costs. Click here for tools to help you effectively communicate your concerns to your leaders in Congress. Take action in your own life and in the life of your congregation by working to reduce carbon emissions at home and at church. Check out the NCC’s Carbon Reduction Campaign for ideas and tips from Congregation’s who done it.  Pray for the healing of God’s Creation, and for those living in poverty who are most affected by the impacts of climate change.

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Responses

  1. As Christians, we should be the best stewards of what God has given us, namely the earth. But we are also called on to be wise. The EPA does not always have our best interest in mind. It is contolled by people who like to use “the environment” to establish rules to limit freedom for you and I. Be careful jumping on the bandwagon of their research findings. Yes, we as Christians should protect the earth, but we should also be winning others for Christ, because people are the only things that last forever!

  2. Protecting God’s Creation and evangelism are not mutually exclusive. In fact, working to limit the impacts of climate change on vulnerable communities along with providing adaptation assistance is a way of sharing Christ’s love with others. Climate change will harm our neighbors living in poverty the most, and the impacts of a changing climate are already being felt by vulnerable communities in countries in the global south. Click here to download our resource Climate and Church: How Global Climate Change Will Impact Core Church Ministries. http://www.nccecojustice.org/resources.html#climateandenergyresources


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