When repentent Hummer driver starts spouting off about climate change, is there not a small, uncharitable part of you that wants to recreate the conclusion of Terminator 2? I mean you no harm, Arnie. But—I know I’m not alone here — environmentalists just rub us the wrong way.
Climate change activists frequently demand the impossible: meeting 2012 Kyoto would entail a total shutdown of all coal electricity generation and Alberta oil sands production. Others tout “family planning" as a green solution, despite the reality that no woman chooses abortion for environmental reasons: they too often do so because neither the fathers nor their community will assist them or because they were physically forced. Those same activists have to answer for the perilous demographic shifts in India and China brought about by gender-selection abortion.
So what to do when the leaders of our Church, with increasing unanimity, recognize green concerns as moral imperatives? On May 10th, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations, affirmed that:
The scientific evidence for global warming and for humanity's role in the increase of greenhouse gases becomes ever more unimpeachable . . . and such activity has a profound relevance, not just for the environment, but in ethical, economic, social and political terms as well.
All this is to say that the eco-agenda must not be directed by those currently at the helm. What if Christ was? Can we imagine an orthodox Catholic vision of environmentalism? We explore these questions on a new episode of Catholic Focus, “Redeeming Environmentalism”, now streaming online at the following link