Climate change is a significant moral issue according to the recent survey conducted by Reuters/IPSOS, where nearly 3 out of every 4 persons surveyed said he or she is “personally morally obligated” to control carbon dioxide emissions. World leaders also should also be more morally obligated to take action to protect the planet, 66% of the respondents said.
Reporter Bruce Wallace released the news last week, and interviewed American Values Network Executive Director Eric Sapp about the survey conducted in February where 2,300 respondents discussed their thoughts. “When climate change is viewed through a moral lens it has broader appeal,” said Eric Sapp, executive director of the American Values Network, a grassroots organization that mobilizes faith-based communities on politics and policy issues. Sapp also serves as the co-founder of Eleison which operates this blog.
The story focuses on Pope Francis recurring remarks and focus on climate change. The Catholic Church is expected to continue advocating for a worldwide agreement on reducing harmful greenhouse gases at a U.N. summit later this year in Paris, according to the Reuters piece. The church describes climate change as a threat against Creation.
You can read more about this survey and its results here: http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/02/27/usa-climate-poll-idINL1N0W03WR20150227
Joseph Gidjunis is the former Director of the Young Democrats of America Faith & Values Initiative and an award-winning photojournalist who owns JPG Photography in Philadelphia. He serves as a remote fellow for Eleison. He is married with two wonderful dogs.