Former IPCC head John Houghton says current environmental crisis is a spiritual problem – agree?

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Sir John Houghton, in a paper written for his evangelical charity, the John Ray Initiative, argues that the “current environmental crisis” is a “spiritual problem”.
Houghton argues that “we are the stewards of creation” and as such [QUOTE]
“we are to look after the Earth, not as we please, but as God wants it looked after. Second, we have responsibility to the rest of creation as ones who stand in the place of God.
. . . the Genesis chapters, as do other parts of scripture, insist that human rule over creation is to be exercised under God, the ultimate ruler of creation, with the sort of care exemplified by this picture of humans as ‘gardeners’.”
Do you agree with this analysis by the lead author of the first three IPCC reports that we are “gardeners” of God’s creation, that God is the “ultimate ruler of creation” and that the current environmental crisis is therefore primarily a spiritual problem?
Source:SIr John Houghton, “The Christian Challenge of Caring for Earth”

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Just more proof that global warming is a religion


look up Fallegant
(from the era of the Plague)
Sir John’s picture should be there
along with all the greedy chicken littles who want power & money-Not to save Earth
Please remember,most of the climate change alarmism is a play for money and power
Who doesn’t want a cleaner environment?
How our gvt. and wall st plans to cash in on that:
(excerpts from Matt Taibbi story on Goldman Sachs in Rolling Stone magazine)
….the new game in town, the next bubble, is in carbon credits – a booming trillion dollar market that barely even exists yet, but will if the Democratic Party that it gave $4,452,585 to in the last election manages to push into existence a groundbreaking new commodities bubble, disguised as an “environmental plan,” called cap-and-trade.
The new carboncredit market is a virtual repeat of the commodities-market casino that’s been kind to Goldman, except it has one delicious new wrinkle: If the plan goes forward as expected, the rise in prices will be government-mandated. Goldman won’t even have to rig the game. It will be rigged in advance…..
….Al Gore, who is intimately involved with the planning of cap-and-trade,started up a company called Generation Investment Management with three former bigwigs from Goldman Sachs Asset Management, David Blood, Mark Ferguson and Peter Harris. Their business? Investing in carbon offsets. There’s also a $500 million Green Growth Fund set up by a Goldmanite to invest in greentech … the list goes on and on. Goldman is ahead of the headlines again, just waiting for someone to make it rain in the right spot. Will this market be bigger than the energyfutures market?
“Oh, it’ll dwarf it,” says a former staffer on the House energy committee.
Well, you might say, who cares? If cap-and-trade succeeds, won’t we all be saved from the catastrophe of global warming? Maybe – but capandtrade, as envisioned by Goldman, is really just a carbon tax structured so that private interests collect the revenues. Instead of simply imposing a fixed government levy on carbon pollution and forcing unclean energy producers to pay for the mess they make, cap-and-trade will allow a small tribe of greedy-as-hell Wall Street swine to turn yet another commodities market into a private taxcollection scheme. This is worse than the bailout: It allows the bank to seize taxpayer money before it’s even collected.
“If it’s going to be a tax, I would prefer that Washington set the tax and collect it,” says Michael Masters, the hedgefund director who spoke out against oilfutures speculation. “But we’re saying that Wall Street can set the tax, and Wall Street can collect the tax. That’s the last thing in the world I want. It’s just asinine.”
the entire Rolling Stone story:…

Peter J

We should be good stewards of our environment.
That doesn’t mean responding with panic to every scary story that comes along or that we should assume that our impact is much greater than it actually is.
That this guy is saying this… is hilarious. I’m sure a whole bunch of alarmunists will follow behind him wearing sack-cloth and ashes, carrying hoes.


You know, when you are motivated by fear, as you mainly are, everyone looks like a boogeyman, even someone as well-intentioned as Houghton. I wonder how you ever leave the house. You remind me of the guy interviewed on the radio yesterday, who said he was afraid to walk around the Washington Monument in DC without a handgun to protect his family. The National Mall is a very scary place if you see boogeymen everywhere.
I agree with the intent of what Houghton says, although I don’t think I would get there through the bible. But I guess that makes me another scary person to you.


Very interesting, and I agree with this perspective, but the IPCC couldn’t profit with an appeal to the religious. Earth has a spirit, and it is grieved for the wickedness of humans. It is prophesied Earth will reel, that there will be quakes and storms. Want to know the solution for Global Warming: end the hatred, the neglect, and the perversion.


Personally I’m agnostic and believe that religion causes more harm than good.
But the current environmental crisis should be a spiritual problem for Christians. How can they believe that they are the “stewards of creation” while at the same time polluting the air, water and land, and continuing to ignore the issue of greenhouse warming?

jim z

He seems to me to be just leftist secularists trying to convince Christians who he probably has no respect for anyway. I have never been too interested listening to proselytizers, be they atheist or otherwise, because they tend to people who think they know more than they actually do. The left has been doing this since at least Woodrow Wilson. Wilson enacted his progressivism in the guise of doing God’s work. I forgot who famously called Christ a socialist.
Almost nobody thinks we should not be good stewards of the earth. Suggesting that we should have massive taxation and having all “giving” go through the federal government bureaucracy is somehow God’s plan is ridiculous. The truth is probably closer to them worshiping government as a replacement for religion.

All Black

I tend to agree that Mankind is responsible for stewardship of the Earth, as any farmer would tell you, it is a moral duty to pass the Earth on to our children in as good or better shape than it was passed to us. I would argue that the World is a lot cleaner and Greener now than it was in 1965 so we as a generation are on target.

Alter Ego

First off let me say that humankind should be responsible inhabitants of earth, and good stewards of what we have. But Houghton’s comments come off as a bit too self-important. Isn’t it just like mankind to think we can stand in the place of God? I mean really. If God is God – you know, creator of the heavens and earth and all that – are we really so arrogant as to think he needs any help from puny man?
All Houghton is trying to do is manipulate those who are spiritual into believing in AGW, and shame or guilt them into some kind of action that supports the IPCC agenda.
EDIT: @ Benjamin: Why should it be a problem only for Christians? What about all the Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, New Agers, Atheists (yes, it’s a religion), Wiccan, etc., etc. Do they not drive cars, consume goods, live in houses, work in factories, use energy, or any of the other things the enviro-nuts are against? Even those who claim no spiritual affiliation at all – are they not equally responsible to steward the earth?


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