Does Religion Matter In the Issue of Global Warming?
On Friday, we skyped with a environmental journalist named Andrew Revkin. I was fortunate enough to be able to ask him a question. My question was “How much of an impact do you think religion has on the perception of global warming?” He responded by saying, that the media distorting the truth is more dangerous than religion. He said that there are many people who believe what their religion says. Therefore, they do not have to persuade anyone about it. Whereas, if you hear something from the media, then it is an opinion whether you believe it or not. When you have an opinion, you feel obligated to persuade people to believe what the media says as well. Therefore, the media can spread a lie to the whole world. This is why Andrew Revkin thinks the media is more dangerous than religion.
However, I disagree with Mr. Revkin. If religion does not matter, then why do people think God will take care of everything? I agree with him in the sense, that bias is also an important issue relating to climate change. However, I believe that religion is more important to global warming. Because the ramifications of religion affecting global warming can be catastrophic. If everyone thinks that their respective God will do everything, then no one will do anything to try and reduce the effects of Global Warming. This can be a major problem if it is not solved quickly.
For example, I hear many people say that God has a plan for everything. Even though this could be true, if that is the case, God also creates everything. With this reasoning in mind, God would have to create global warming to have a plan to solve it. If God created it, then there is a good chance climate change is a test of humans to see how humans will respond. Just like Noah’s ark was a test for Noah’s trust in God, this could be a test about all the humans trust in God. If no one does something quickly, bad things could happen.