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The Green New Deal has been labeled as an ultra-liberal (even socialist) policy proposal that has no shot of winning over voters in more conservative districts. However, in the past week, the resolution has picked up three important Christian endorsements. As the Huffington Post reportedthe Unitarian Universalist Association passed a resolution at its general assembly in late June endorsing the Green New Deal, then days later, the national deliberative body of the United Church of Christ, a mainline Protestant sect with nearly 825,000 adherents and close to 4,900 congregations across the United States endorsed the resolution as well as the Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, a youth organization within one of Protestantism’s most traditionally conservative denominations, which praised the Green New Deal’s “biblical principles.”
The Politics: Evangelical Christians are generally known for their conservative politics but a growing faction of young Evangelicals and standing up for political action on climate change. There’s something to talking about the Green New Deal in the context of a Christian policy as the resolution focuses on helping the poor, healing the sick and ensuring that the Earth Christians believe God gave to mankind is protected for future generations. Talking about the GND in this context could help Democrats engage voters they previously have not been able to reach.
Shifting Perspectives: The Huffington Post also noted that the number of actual Christian climate change deniers has plummeted over the past four years as mounting natural disasters, increasingly grave scientific forecasts and a rapidly growing political movement erase doubt over the cause of planetary changes. In fact, according to Yale, Americans Christians are increasingly supporting regulations that limit the emissions of coal-fired power plants in an effort to curb climate change.
Why This Matters: Approximately 70% of the U.S. population identifies as Christian and Christian clergy have played important roles in progressive movements. When the Pope put out his climate encyclical other religious leaders also voiced their support for climate action but on the whole, Laudato Si didn’t instill sizeable action on climate change. This is perhaps because people respond best to leaders and authorities that they personally know and trust and if clergy members begin addressing the climate crisis in local parishes it can have a big impact on how their parishioners view the issue of climate change–shifting it from a contentious political issue to an urgent problem that needs to be addressed in order to protect God’s creation.
by Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer Though many companies have publicly announced their commitments to achieving net-zero emissions, new research paints a more sobering picture — less than a quarter of the world’s large public companies are on track to meet the goals of the Paris agreement by 2050. In fact, emissions have continued to […]
by Amy Lupica, ODP Staff Writer As President Biden’s long-anticipated virtual Earth Day climate summit begins today, dozens of companies are set to announce significant investments in renewable energy, electric vehicles, and conservation to help the U.S. reach net-zero emissions by 2050. Yet it will be the global financial sector that will be subject to increased pressure […]
Today the Biden administration unveils its American Jobs Plan and it is chock full of actions that will create jobs and address climate change and environmental justice issues. At the same time, the Wall Street Journal reported last night that Presidential Climate Envoy Kerry is traveling later this week to the United Arab Emirates and then on to India.
Why This Matters: Climate policy is central to both the Biden foreign and domestic agendas.
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