I first heard about climate change in grade school, and I understood what was communicated pretty well. Pollution and carbon emissions are released into the sky, which causes heat from the sun to bounce back to earth more often, and the resulting heat leads into a chain of events and changes which affect so many ecosystems around the world.
This makes sense to me. However, I grew up around many people (adults) who voiced that global warming and climate change was exaggerated and was not actually happening.
Some of these people told me they thought global warming was created so that politicians can avoid talking about other more important affairs. Others thought that global warming was happening but not at a rate in which life will be not able to adapt to the changed environment.
One thing I heard frequently from my christian peers was “God won’t let the earth be devastated before the Second Coming of Christ.” I always felt that it was odd how often people of the faith would use that excuse. I wonder if this excuse is just common among my christian group or if it is also common among other christian communities. Nonetheless I’ve never considered the excuse an acceptable one. It’s much too irresponsible, like relying on intense medical care to reverse the effects of a your ongoing unhealthy lifestyle.
It’s a little hypocritical to say that “the beautiful masterpiece that is Earth is a testament of God’s magnificence” and then take little to no care about how your actions affect this Earth. Just a little.