The Common Good
March 2014

STUDY: An Evangelical Call to Action on Climate Change

by The Editors | March 2014

If you think it’s impossible to change evangelicals’ views on climate change, think again. 

If you think it’s impossible to change evangelicals’ views on climate change, think again. Sojourners recently commissioned a messaging study which yielded some interesting results that can help advance the creation care movement.

In “Talking to Evangelicals about Climate Change” (Sojourners, March 2014), Sojourners’ Creation Care Campaign Associate Liz Schmitt explains how the evangelical community responds to various messages about caring for God’s creation. The study revealed that about 60 percent of evangelicals believe climate change is a reality:


In terms of messaging, survey results indicate that moral arguments are the most effective way to persuade evangelicals to address climate change:
 

 

Biblical arguments can also help reinforce these moral messages about creation care. Two scripture passages, in particular, make the strongest case for evangelicals to take action to reverse climate change:

As this study affirms, climate change is a religious and moral issue. With the right messages, more and more evangelicals can be convinced to do their part to care for God’s creation.

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