NewEnergyNews: EVANGELICALS IN ‘CREATION CARE’ CLIMATE FIGHT

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    Thursday, October 23, 2014

    EVANGELICALS IN ‘CREATION CARE’ CLIMATE FIGHT

    Evangelical Christian pastors frame environmentalism in religious terms

    Kelsey Dallas, October 18, 2014 (Deseret News)

    “For the past five years, Mitch Hescox has served as president and CEO of the Evangelical Environmental Network. For 18 years before that, he served as a local church pastor. And for 14 years before that, he worked in America's coal industry…[He believes] "creation care is the greatest cause in the world today…And it's the easiest way to tell the story of God to new generations of young people." [He] is among a growing number of evangelical Christian pastors who are making headway with their followers on the topic of environmental stewardship…[O]nly evangelical Protestants [among Christians] showed significant growth in environmental concern from 1993 to 2010…[E]vangelical leaders like Hescox have found a way to bring religious values into a conversation once dominated by secular, political claims…Among all Christian respondents [in a recent study], 44.4 percent reported being concerned by air pollution caused by cars in 2010, a 6.1 percent drop from 1993. Similarly, there was a 6.7 percent drop in willingness to pay higher prices to improve the environment and a 7.9 percent drop in willingness to pay higher taxes…[E]vangelical opinions…showed statistically significant increases in four of the 10 pro-environmental categories…” click here for more

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