Religious leaders say climate change "a moral responsibility"

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Members of the Christian Reformed Church said Thursday they want to "mobilize their communities for urgent and responsible climate action to protect life and defend their future."

In a press release, Ben Lowe, a spokesperson for Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, said: "Climate disruption is not just a scientific or political issue—it's first and foremost a moral issue and biblical issue. It's about protecting life and, as evangelicals, we're particularly concerned about the ways our pollution and political inaction are affecting the poor and those who are most vulnerable."

Students at Calvin College held a day of prayer on the issue Thursday.

At a news conference, Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell praised the attention given to climate change by the CRC youth. "This is being driven by young people, which gives me encouragement."

Though the evangelical community has been more reluctant than others to embrace climate science, there have been dramatic shifts in these attitudes in recent years driven largely by young evangelicals. During their 2012 synod gathering, the Christian Reformed Church became one of the first major evangelical denominations to adopt a formal statement on creation care and climate change.


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