Faith groups and global warm­ing

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Pope fo­cuses on cli­mate,” June 16

The moral lead­er­ship the pope is of­fer­ing could be mul­ti­plied if other faith lead­ers got on their soap­boxes and sim­ply re­stated their views on global warm­ing.

Ro­man Catholics are by no means the only faith group talk­ing about global warm­ing. Vir­tu­ally all the world’s ma­jor faith groups and re­li­gious lead­ers have made pow­er­ful state­ments on the cli­mate. Like the pope, they’ve said that cli­mate change is real, that the burn­ing of fos­sil fu­els is caus­ing it, and that we hu­mans have a moral re­spon­si­bil­ity to take ac­tion to cor­rect it.

These groups in­clude Greek Ortho­dox lead­ers, Protes­tants, Jews, Hin­dus, Mus­lims, Bud­dhists and in­dige­nous peo­ples.

The pope is not talk­ing to a com­mit­tee in the back room of the Vat­i­can. The heads of other faiths need to come out force­fully too.

Craig Pre­ston

Costa Mesa

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