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Pastors Wade Into Climate Change Debate


Rev. Michael Wolley (center)( photo: Eric Berman)

Some Indianapolis pastors are plunging into the debate over global warming.


Reverend Michael Wolley with TouchOne TouchAll Ministries calls climate change a moral issue, and says his church and others will look for ways to make their voices heard, through the pulpit or in making a case to public officials.

Wolley says there's a civil rights aspect to controlling carbon emissions. He says a disproportionate number of minorities and the poor live near coal-burning power plants, and says that creates health risks.

Reverend Wyatt Watkins works with Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, which formed two years ago to make a faith-based case for fighting climate change. He argues there's a Scriptural basis for environmentalism. He points to the commandment to "honor thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long in the land." Watkins argues that implies a commandment to take care of the land as well.


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