Vijay Jayaraj on Loving Our Neighbors Amid the Climate Change Crisis

As Christians, we are commanded to love our neighbors as we love ourselves. In times that are dominated by increasing fears about climate change, how can we love our neighbors?

If the climate “crisis” is the biggest problem facing our world, then we Christians must make wise choices to make the world better for the people around us and for the future generations.

But academicians, politicians, and leaders across the globe are divided on the proposed dangers of climate change and on the course of action needed to tackle climate change.

In light of the vast difference in opinion, it would be wise for Christians to exert caution and understand the finer details of the climate debate before they plan to join the climate rescue movement. The following are some key highlights of our climate.

Not Unprecedented and No Reason to Panic

The on-going changes in our climate are not unprecedented. In fact, we’ve had similar warm periods (Roman Warm Period and Medieval Warm Period) during the past 2000 years and neither of them was caused by humans.

The climate has always oscillated in both ways, recording numerous warm and cool periods, with none of them having had anything to do with anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions.

There has also been a slowdown in warming during the past 20 years, and scientists were left puzzled about the slowdown because it suggests that carbon dioxide emissions from human activity are not, contrary to claims, the primary drivers of recent global temperature levels.

NASA has announced that there will be a period of low solar activity in the next two decades, which in my opinion could cause temperatures to drop to levels that we experienced during the Little Ice age in the 17th century.

The Role of Politics and the Unreliable Forecasts

The United Nations—which calls itself as the authority on climate change—has taken complete control over the scientific discourse on climate change, thereby becoming the sole arbitrator of the climate debate and climate policy dissemination.

The UN’s climate policy recommendations are strictly based on faulty computer climate models and are considered the official directive for energy policies for all the countries that have entered into agreement with the UN.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Vijay Jayaraj