Pastors Wade Into Climate Change Debate
Rev. Michael Wolley (center)(WIBC.com 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.