In partisan political debate, environmental concerns often get cast as a conflict between economy and ecology. Global warming has never been such a simple issue, however, and some unlikely activists, including religious evangelists and defense hawks, may be on the forefront of a new consensus.
In 2002, Rev. Jim Ball of the Evangelical Environmental Network drove a hybrid car across the country as part of his “What would Jesus Drive” campaign. He is one of an influential group of evangelical leaders who believe that man’s stewardship of God’s creation implies a mandate to address environmental issues. Nearly 100 evangelical leaders have signed a statement supporting “creation care.”
Another group trying to make a difference is the “Energy Future Coalition,” a bipartisan group of national security officials seeking to reduce petroleum use. Although they are driven primarily by concerns over America’s dependence on foreign oil, their support of conservation and alternative energy use make them natural allies with more traditional environmentalists.
Of course, progress on the issue of global warming remains painfully slow, and the lack of action today will have repercussions many decades into the future. In the meantime, we take these small steps by unlikely activists as a hopeful sign of a change in the political dynamics of climate change, and we take pride that TerraPass members are taking action today.