Global warming — fact or fiction?

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There is much information contained within a plethora of websites dedicated to the defense as well as the refutation of Global warming. Some suggest that it’s merely another scare tactic embraced by environmentalists to further their own political agenda. Others contend that the global warming trend is more likely due to increased volcanic activity rather than to greenhouse gas emissions.

Opponents argue:

A Gallup Poll found that only 17 percent of the members of the Meteorological Society and the American Geophysical Society think that the slight warming experienced in the 20th century has been the result of man-made greenhouse gas emissions – principally CO2 from burning fossil fuels. Only 13 percent of the scientists responding to a recent survey conducted by Greenpeace believe catastrophic climate change will result from continuing current patterns of energy use. http://www.junkscience.com/news/jonker.htm 

Proponents argue:

This increase in the CO2 concentration of the atmosphere is mainly due to the burning of fossil fuels and large-scale deforestation and land-use change. These human activities have forced the carbon cycle out of the state of equilibrium and out of the known range of variation. http://www.care2.com/c2c/share/detail/15656 

What should the Christian response be? For starters, we must understand that God owns the Earth, not man, so as responsible stewards we are not free to do as we please with it (Psalm 24:1). But we have also been given dominion (rule) over it, and told to subdue it for our own needs (Genesis 1:26—28). Mankind is, after all, the purpose of Creation and is required to dress and keep the garden, not plunder it (Genesis 2:15). 

However, since we do not live in a vacuum but instead live a world which is now subject to the effects of sin and the law of entropy, we cannot simply ignore the debate of Global warming in the hopes that it will simply go away. At the very least, we are commanded to “dress and keep” our little corner of the world through responsible stewardship while encouraging others to do so also. 

What do you think? 

Jim Richardson

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4 Responses

  1. Thanks for your insightful reflections
    Every Blessing
    Maria in the UK
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  2. Well, , I’ll tackle this a little. I agree that as stewards of the earth we need to care for it, and not plunder it. And I believe that much of the hyperbole concerning the so-called impending situation comes from junk-science adherants with obviously conflicting political agenda viewpoints. So we should be cautious but still fair-minded.

    Even though to my knowledge man has NEVER BEFORE BEEN ABLE TO CAUSE A NATURAL DISASTER OF EARTH-CHANGING MAGNITUDE does not mean he (we) can’t do it now! Or soon! So we need to study the issue so that we are prepared to make reasonable responsible changes in what we do if the verifiable evidence establishes a believable pattern. Under current scientific criteria, however, the agreement of less than one fifth of the world’s established experts in a particular field does not achieve that level of attention – in my view. So for now, watch, pray for wisdom and wait!

    I do find it instructive that in this field so many ‘warming’ propronents also co-mingle the definition of “evil” with “profit”, and that of “victim” with “poverty”. Those are political opinions or mindsets, IMHO, with little proof other than the repeated public posturing of those desiring something-for-nothing. And that particular desire is certainly not reflective of the mind of Christ.

    God bless you.

  3. Well, Jim, I’ll tackle this a little. I agree that as stewards of the earth we need to care for it, and not plunder it. And I believe that much of the hyperbole concerning the so-called impending situation comes from junk-science adherants with obviously conflicting political agenda viewpoints. So we should be cautious but still fair-minded.

    Even though to my knowledge man has NEVER BEFORE BEEN ABLE TO CAUSE A NATURAL DISASTER OF EARTH-CHANGING MAGNITUDE does not mean he (we) can’t do it now! Or soon! So we need to study the issue so that we are prepared to make reasonable responsible changes in what we do if the verifiable evidence establishes a believable pattern. Under current scientific criteria, however, the agreement of less than one fifth of the world’s established experts in a particular field does not achieve that level of attention – in my view. So for now, watch, pray for wisdom and wait!

    I do find it instructive that in this field so many ‘warming’ propronents also co-mingle the definition of “evil” with “profit”, and that of “victim” with “poverty”. Those are political opinions or mindsets, IMHO, with little proof other than the repeated public posturing of those desiring something-for-nothing. And that particular desire is certainly not reflective of the mind of Christ.

    God bless you.

  4. I’ll bite on 49er’s comment, since we’ve been interacting in the blogosphere for some while.

    We would do well to remember all the research sponsored by tobacco companies demonstrating that tobacco use is harmless, maybe even beneficial to one’s health. The point is, we should beware those with vested interests.

    I wouldn’t equate “profit” with “evil”; but I am suspicious of capitalists who insist that global warming isn’t real, perhaps because any attempt to cut greenhouse gas emissions will also cut into their profit margins.

    You and Jim are both Christians, so I assume you will agree when I make reference to humankind’s fallen nature. People have a tendency to pursue short term self-interest. The challenge here is to motivate people to grapple with a problem that affects future generations.

    Should we wait until the elites of society agree that environmental protection should be a policy priority? No evidence will ever be sufficient to bring about such a consensus, because the elites have most to lose.

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