Why do religious people of color care so much about climate change?

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  • A Guy With A Brain Enid, OK
    Jan. 21, 2015 4:24 p.m.

    Artcle title: "Why do religious people of color care so much about climate change?"

    Answer: because they are being seduced into believing that it actually matters.

    It doesn't.

    Should we be good stewards of the planet and do our best to take care of it?

    Of course. Don't litter. Don't dump your company's chemicals into ponds, lakes, etc. Replant the trees you cut down, etc. The earth is a beautiful and precious resource, but to think that climate change is 100% man-made, that carbon taxes should be put in place and that all things plastic are evil is ridiculous.

  • Uncle_Fester Niskayuna, NY
    Jan. 21, 2015 8:29 a.m.

    curiously not very many business leaders care about it either and those who ostensibly would be greatly affected by it don't even list it in the top 25 of concerns -insurers. climate change is just an excuse for collecting money and redistributing wealth.

  • I know it. I Live it. I Love it. Provo, UT
    Jan. 20, 2015 6:41 p.m.

    LOU Montana,

    I found it interesting. To be frank, I don't need anyone's permission to find it interesting. Observing society and trends is an entire social science. Are you complaining because of the News Paper it's coming from, or the subject matter at hand? And why? What is wrong with it?

    I find it interesting.

  • Lilalips Attleboro, MA
    Jan. 18, 2015 5:47 a.m.

    Yes, the Earth's climate has been changing, and will continue changing, as long as it exists. Simply because we have been measuring those changes, for a few hundred years, does not mean that humans are responsible for that change. The tsunami that hit Japan a few years ago and the volcano that erupted in Iceland are certainly NOT caused by human actions. And yet the volcano put more "stuff" in the atmosphere and is therefore responsible for more change than all the emissions combined for some time. Our planet is a living thing and cataclysmic change is always possible. People with a political agenda will use anything to try to take power. "They sky is falling" of Chicken Little will work with many people. It is unfortunate.

  • worf Mcallen, TX
    Jan. 17, 2015 5:49 p.m.

    Climate has been changing for thousands years.

    Jan. 17, 2015 12:34 p.m.

    DN Subscriber:

    Wow. Racism, scientific ignorance and and social prejudice all in one comment. It is disappointing that there are so many who cannot separate your own perceived biases against the realities of the world.

    Why do you not admit there is climate change? What prevents you from doing that? Is it a lack of trust in experts? If you went to a physician, who is an expert in human pathology, and he told you that you had cancer would you believe him? What if he gave you evidences? Tests? X-rays? The giant bulb coming out of your skin? Would you still need another opinion? What if a second doctor told you the same? Would you need a third? Fourth? Fifth? What if you finally found someone, a guy trained via webMD who calmly told you that you don't have cancer after all. That you are fine. Nothing to worry about. spend your money on something more fun. Is that when you would start believing?

    Because that is what you are doing with climate change. And that is what everyone else is doing as well who refuse to listen to trained experts instead relying on their own wisdom.

  • gmlewis Houston, TX
    Jan. 17, 2015 12:15 p.m.

    @Happy Valley Heretic: "Why do the religious conservatives I know, think God will clean up after them?"

    Probably because He said He would. The whole earth was polluted by the decision of Adam and Eve to transgress His laws, and this pollution has increased exponentially ever since.

    The Savior's atonement redeemed the Earth and its inhabitants from the effects of sin and pollution. There will come a day when the Lord will return to Earth and cleanse it, and all pollution will cease to exist.

    Since I believe that Jesus atoned for people on other planets in the universe, I believe that those planets will be cleansed also.

    This is not to say that we don't have a duty to cleanse Earth the best we can.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2015 10:23 a.m.

    @DN Subscriber
    Surely it's possible to make a response without denying swaths of scientific evidence and without deriding non-white people.

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Jan. 17, 2015 9:28 a.m.

    As P.T. Barnum noted "There is a sucker born every minute.

    The "climate change sky is falling" hysteria is being peddled by the same folks whom many "people of color" rely on for "free stuff" and for whom they vote, so why would they not accept the climate change fantasy as well?

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    Jan. 17, 2015 9:03 a.m.

    Why do the religious conservatives I know, think God will clean up after them?

  • Frozen Fractals Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 17, 2015 8:39 a.m.

    Considering that so many people see that issue through the lens of politics rather than the lens of science and considering how white, Hispanic, and black people tend to vote, that probably accounts for most of it.

  • LOU Montana Pueblo, CO
    Jan. 17, 2015 7:19 a.m.

    Kelsey Dallas; Seriously tell us please why this even matters? Why would you care about why colored people worry about global warming?

    Jan. 17, 2015 7:08 a.m.

    The real question is why do religious white people care so little about climate change?

    Who cares that a lot of people care about climate change? They should! What they do about it is another question altogether...

    But really why do so many white majority denominations not just deny climate change but actively fight against it? That is the newsworthy question and one that should be more fully addressed exposing many of these congregations for the ridiculous science and education deniers that they are.