To Be Pro-life Is to Be Pro-Planet

We’ve seen recent headlines that President Obama has rejected the Keystone XL pipeline and that the New York Attorney General is investigating Exxon on the company’s potentially illegal activities around climate change research. This is all good news for those who take carbon emissions and its impact on the future of our planet seriously. The problem is that there aren’t enough who do. I have long found this tragic, but now it’s both tragic and increasingly inexcusable. The data is clear. The images are current and vivid. The situation is dire.

And so is the denial. The denial undermines urgency and erodes the political will needed at this crucial hour. Just as the intentional junk-science of the tobacco industry slowed the anti-smoking campaigns and government regulation of tobacco, so the efforts of “deniers” are retarding needed action.

It might be arguable that in a crass Darwinian world there is nothing we can or should do. Maybe we’re evolving to go extinct. But this is not the argument of those who care about human life. To be pro-life is to be pro-planet. This is at once too obvious to state, and yet, oddly enough, not obvious to millions. There are simply too many Americans who are pro-life and yet refuse to take the concern of climate change seriously. It seems to me there are at least three causes for this: 1) ignorance of the data, 2) refusal to take science seriously, 3) an unbiblical eschatology – which is to say a belief about the end of the world that is at odds with the traditional understanding of the call of humans to care for God’s creation.

Per the first, the ignorance is somewhat justifiable. Or if not justifiable, it is at least understandable. We are all disinclined to —> Read More