A Faith-Based Case for Climate Restoration | Opinion



Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp and Erica Dodds

In these anxious times, there’s a bright spot, though it’s sometimes hard to see: our attitudes about climate change are shifting and converging, including among people of faith. Three quarters of Americans including people of all faiths—white Evangelicals and Black Protestants, Jews, Catholics and people of all other religions—believe climate change is real and is caused by humans.

This is part of an ongoing shift in religious awareness, “a greening of faith,” that has been underway for some time. Christians’ understanding of the Biblical term “dominion” has evolved from our God-given right to dominate and exploit the Earth to our God-given responsibility to care for creation.