South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.) called on Christians to be considerate of climate change, saying that he believes not addressing climate change is “a kind of sin.”
While speaking at CNN’s climate town hall on Wednesday, Buttigieg — one of 20 Democrats running for the party’s presidential nomination — was asked what can be said to people who do not believe that climate change was caused by humans.
In response, Buttigieg said that he believes the best way of reaching those “across the Heartland” was to talk in a “language” they “understood,” such as along the lines of “faith.”
He went on to say that he believes that God thinks “it’s messed up” people and countries are being negatively affected by pollution and climate change.
“If you believe that God is watching as poison is being belched into the air of creation, and people are being harmed by it — countries are at risk of vanishing in low-lying areas — what do you suppose God thinks of that? I bet He thinks it’s messed up.”
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The Democratic mayor then said that one did not “have to be religious” to understand the morality behind the situation and said that every “moral tradition,” religious or not, called for the “stewardship” of the world.
“You don’t have to be religious to see the moral dimensions of this,” said Buttigieg. “Because frankly every religious and non-religious moral tradition tells us we have some responsibility for stewardship, some responsibility for taking care of what’s around us, not to mention taking care of our neighbor.”
Buttigieg said that “eventually” the discussion surrounding climate change will be “less and less about the planet as an abstract thing” and “more and more” regarding “specific people” around the globe who have faced “specific harm.”
“At least one way of talking about this is that it’s a kind of sin,” added Buttigieg.
During CNN’s climate town hall, Buttigieg and many of the other Democratic presidential hopefuls took to the stage to talk about climate change.
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