Christians and climate change: don’t be fooled again!

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Studies show that christians in the US and Australia are more likely than average to be sceptical about climate change. It appears that they think the scientific consensus is split between those who believe human-induced climate change is a major threat and those who think we just don’t know, and many suspect the scientists have ulterior motives.

How well based are these views?

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Mungo Man and the first inhabitants of Australia

Mungo Man skeleton

Long before European invaders and settlers arrived in Australia in 1788, the aboriginal people had occupied this continent and developed a culture and lifestyle that could sustain them in some harsh environments.

A fascinating recent ABC documentary, First Footprints, gave a deeper insight into the lives of these pioneers.

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A climate change conspiracy?

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So, if the facts (as outlined in previous posts) show that the world is indeed warming faster than ever before, the weather patterns are changing, the burning of fossil fuels is a major cause, and the outcomes will be disastrous, why do so many people still oppose the idea?

Is there a conspiracy to present global warming as a fact when it is a lie?

Or is there a conspiracy to fight against a scientific truth for some devious reason?

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Why christians should care about climate change

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We have seen that the scientific data quite definitely shows that the world is warming up, and the last decade has been the warmest on record. And we have seen that this has four clear effects:

  1. A change in weather patterns.
  2. A rise in ocean water levels.
  3. Increasing melting of ice.
  4. More extreme weather events – fiercer storms, larger floods, longer droughts.

So why should christians be concerned about these effects?

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Who’s afraid of climate change?

Polar Bear on shrinking ice

I have blogged on climate change before – see Climate change and christians and Christians and climate change.

Almost another year has passed and new information is now available. It’s time to review.

Over the next couple of weeks I’ll look at the evidence, the causes and the effects.

Most importantly, I’ll be looking at why it is important for christians to respond rightly to this issue, and what is making it difficult for us to do so.

Photo: Camgreen (Wikispaces).