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Evangelical Leader Calls on Christians to Support Climate Change Bill

May 26, 2009

Richmond, VA - One of the nation's most prominent evangelical ministers is pressing Christians to support climate-change legislation. The Rev. Richard Cizik, a native of Virginia, is one of the leading proponents of "creation care," an environmental movement that he says is different because its roots are not in politics or ideology, but in the scriptures. He says Christians have a clear calling from God to protect the Earth.

"God created it. He said it was not just good, he said it was very good. And then he said care and protect it; that was Genesis:215. So from the first book of the Bible - Genesis - to the last book - Revelation, which says I will destroy those who destroy the Earth - we have a stewardship responsibility to care for it."

Cizik previously was the lead lobbyist for the National Association of Evangelicals and is now a senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation.

The most ambitious energy and global-warming legislation ever debated in Congress is now before the House Ways and Means committee. Called the American Clean Energy and Security Act, it has been the object of millions of dollars of lobbying, both for and against. Legislators have heard from environmental groups; the coal, oil, and natural gas industries; hunters and fishermen; and former lawmakers.

Cizik says climate change is clearly caused by humans' daily actions.

"We know from what's happening to the climate - the changing climate around the world - that we are doing this, we humans are doing this, so thus we have a responsibility to change."

More information is available from the United Nations Foundation, www.UNFoundation.org.

Aries Keck, Public News Service - VA