Keeping Christians Cool

More than 1,500 young evangelicals from across the U.S. signed a statement in November promising to reduce their personal use of fossil fuels and urged the government to back legislation that does the same. The statement, called “Cooling Our Future,” follows the Evangelical Climate Initiative signed by more than 85 evangelical leaders last February. That initiative attributed most climate change to human activities, acknowledged that the poor would be hit hardest by climate change, and cited the biblical responsibility to care for God’s creation.

Students from 83 state and private colleges and universities (35 of them evangelical) sent letters to President Bush and members of Congress urging them to make global warming a political priority and to support new measures to fight climate change. “We are your children and from us will come your children’s children,” they wrote in the letter. “We ask you to bless our future with wise actions today.”

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