A group of evangelical Christians is taking to the airwaves in Florida to urge Republican Gov. Rick Scott to take action on climate change, arguing that it, too, is a “pro-life” issue.
“I’m pro-life, and I’m pro-family,” says one female voice featured in the ad, sponsored by the Evangelical Environmental Network. “And I do believe we should do all we can to protect our environment. It was given to us by God.”
“Climate change is real. It endangers the health of our children, worsens poverty throughout the world, and threatens our economy,” says a male voiceover. “Call Governor Rick Scott and tell him as pro-life Christians we believe care for God’s creation is one of the greatest moral challenges of our time. Tell Governor Scott now is the time to act to curb climate change.”
Scott has been a target of a number of campaigns asking him to acknowledge the reality of climate change. Earlier this year, Scott avoided a question from a reporter about whether he believes climate change is happening, after previously saying he did not believe it was. A group of climate scientists recently organized a meeting with Scott to encourage him to take action on climate, and billionaire investor Tom Steyer’s group NextGen Climate Action recently launched an ark tour to call him out on the issue. Scott is currently up for reelection in the state, and is facing former Gov. Charlie Crist in a close race.
Evangelical Christians have also been working to convince Scott. The latest ad is running on Christian radio stations throughout the state.
If we are directed to be stewards of the earth, what these Christians are saying makes a great deal of sense. If climate change is real, and many folks believe it very much is, then shouldn’t we all concern ourselves with making the earth as habitable as possible?
All too often, some of those on the right snicker and carry on over any suggestion that we do anything pro-environment. They act like “tree hugging” is a nasty word and those who do want to conserve the Earth are a batch of sissies. This mentality needs to be extinguished.