Evangelical Christians take the Bible seriously. So what does scripture offer on the subject of global warming?
In her newest “Global Weirding” video, Texas Tech climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe – an evangelical Christian herself – looks at that question.
She says there are a few verses that some interpret to mean the climate isn’t changing, such as one in the book of Genesis that says, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.”
“So people say, ‘Well, how can global warming be real if there always will be winter and summer?'” Hayhoe says. Her answer: The seasons will continue, but they’ll be hotter than in the past.
In many verses, Hayhoe says, the Bible calls for believers to care for creation and for each other. “And that,” she says, “is why we care about a changing climate, because it disproportionately affects the poor and the vulnerable.”
Hayhoe’s “Global Weirding” series is produced by KTTZ Texas Tech Public Media and distributed by PBS Digital Studios. She expects to air new episodes on YouTube every other Wednesday.
With permission from Texas Tech University climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe and her colleagues, Yale Climate Connections is reposting each episode.