WHEN AND WHERE DO WE DRAW THE RED LINE ON CLIMATE CHANGE? WHAT WE SHOULD HAVE LEARNED FROM THE PROPHET ISAIAH - PART 3
There are notable people and groups who are taking climate change quite seriously:
On World Environment Day, Pope Francis asked the tough questions: What does cultivating and caring for the earth mean? Are we truly cultivating and caring for creation? Or are we exploiting and neglecting it?
The USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) began pleading for Dialogue Prudence and the Common Good when addressing Climate Change as far back as June 15, 2001. Most recently the USCCB sent letters to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) expressing the urgent and necessary measures required to address climate change. They cite evidence, which continues to point toward significant damaging impacts from climate related events in the United States, across the globe, and particularly for the poorest developing countries. Some poor nations and small island states already experience these impacts as a matter of survival for their people and cultures. This is quite opposite to what Rex Tillerson said above about “poverty reduction [being more] difficult if ExxonMobil set goals to reduce emissions from its products and operations.” Trust me Rex, the Christian and Jewish communities addressing these issues know “a bit more” than you about poverty.
In a letter to President Obama, The National Religious Partnership For The Environment also emphasized the issue of poor nations and small island states experiencing these impacts as a matter of survival for their people and cultures. President Obama is now scheduled to lay out a Climate Change Plan on June 25th.  Since Climate Change was noted as a top priority in his inaugural address, such a plan is promising. Now we’ll get to see how much resistance the plan gets from the Tea Party, neo-conservatives and other climate deniers.
President Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on June 8, 2013. The only Climate-Change-related concession the Chinese were willing to make was reduction of hydrofluorocarbons, a potent greenhouse gas used in refrigerators, air conditioners, and industrial applications. China is the biggest polluter in the world and the United States is second. Since WE have the majority of issues to address, WE should be taking the lead roles in Climate Change reduction…You lead by example.
Former President Bill Clinton has shown a longstanding commitment to the environment. The Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) is implementing programs that create and advance solutions to the root causes of climate change – while also helping to reduce our reliance on oil, saving money for individuals and governments, creating jobs, and growing economies.
Former Vice-President Al Gore continues the good fight against Climate Change. His efforts resulted in a co-award of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. 
Secretary of State John Kerry has called Climate Change a “life-threatening” issue and that the United States must play a key role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. He noted that “the fastest growing sector of our economy is clean energy,” [and] “It’s [also] a job creator.” Kerry is meeting with officials from India today and will urge them to curb emissions that contribute to global warming and ease barriers to U.S. business and investment in the world’s largest democracy that is viewed as a counterweight to China.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing to spend $20 billion to deal with Climate-Change-related exposure to New York City. The basis of these expenditures is a Risk Management plan based on 250 specific recommendations to further fortify the city against climate events. The plan proposes a variety of solutions, from the predictable (widened beaches and amended building codes) to the bold (building a sustainable island on the East side of lower Manhattan to shield the city from extreme weather, just as Battery Park City mitigated the damage on Manhattan’s West side.)
Upon rerecording the aforementioned record CO2 level, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change issued statement calling “for a greatly stepped-up response to climate change by all parts of society.”
The positive actions of the Catholic Church, especially Popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI, and now Francis I and the USCCB, begs the question, what more can all people of Faith do to bring attention to Climate Change and the threat to our civilization. I’d like to note that The National Religious Partnership For The Environment discussed above, is comprised of:
God said: This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations.
Don’t deny the power of prayer in dealing with Climate Change. If churches and synagogues are at a crossroads in their ministries and “drunk with the fear” of accepting Climate Change, then reread Isaiah Chapter 24 and it will “sober you up”. Then reread this blog and the quoted Scripture. You should be able to see how everything starts linking together, just like a chain of hydrogen and carbon, which make up Hydrocarbons.
History says that I’ll have to endure some attempt at silencing my soul, which will probably be an attempt to “kill” my credibility. The attempt will come from those who have been rebuked by my prose and rebuked by the Word of God. In 33 A.D. there was a teacher, who was also a messenger, on the streets of Judea who asked a harassing crowd, (John 7:19-20):
19Did not Moses give you the law? Yet none of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?” 20The crowd answered, “You are possessed! Who is trying to kill you?”
This “teacher” was later scourged and crucified for our salvation. I do not worry of any impending doom to my reputation. Writing TRIBULATION was my “reward” from God (Daniel 12:13). But I know my reward is conditional, based on my Faith in Him. As an “unknown author” said in Hebrews 13:5-8;
5Let your life be free from love of money but be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never forsake you or abandon you.” 6Thus we may say with confidence: “The Lord is my helper, [and] I will not be afraid. What can anyone do to me?” 7Remember your leaders who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
God didn’t give Jesus Christ the desire to judge or condemn, rather to save. In the Revelation, God gives the Second Coming the ability to “destroy those who destroy the earth.” Revelation 1:8, 1:18, 11:18.
There’s an old saying that goes; “The ship is sinking and you’re straightening the deck chairs”. There’s another old saying: “Desperate times call for desperate measures”.
Climate Change is THE biggest threat to our civilization.
WE MUST DEAL WITH IT
From NASA website: http://climate.nasa.gov/key_indicators#co2CLIMATE CHANGE
Rev. 16:8-9 8The fourth angel poured out his bowl (one of the seven bowls of God’s fury poured on the earth) on the sun. It was given the power to burn people with fire. 9People were burned by the scorching heat and blasphemed the name of God who had power over these plagues, but they did not repent or give him glory.
Is. 24:5-6 5The earth is polluted because of its inhabitants, for they have transgressed laws, violated statutes, broken the ancient covenant.* 6Therefore a curse devours the earth, and its inhabitants pay for their guilt; Therefore they who dwell on earth have dwindled, and only a few are left.
*“ancient covenant” is defined in the NAB biblical notes as “God’s commandments to all humankind (cf. Gn 9:4–6).” or the Noahic Covenant.
Nm 35:33 You will not pollute the land where you live. For bloodshed pollutes the land, and the land can have no expiation for the blood shed on it except through the blood of the one who shed it. 34Do not defile the land in which you live and in the midst of which I dwell; for I the LORD dwell in the midst of the Israelites.
Hos 4:2–3 2Swearing, lying, murder, stealing and adultery break out; bloodshed follows bloodshed. 3Therefore the land dries up, and everything that dwells in it languishes: The beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and even the fish of the sea perish.
Author G.R. Miller, utilizing his engineering and project management experiences in the fossil fuels energy sectors and guidance from God, takes a pragmatic approach of part preterism, part symbolism and part literalism in decoding the Revelation of Jesus Christ. He exhibits a Climate Change connection through scripture, commentary and illustrations.