Evangelical scientists have urged members of Congress to act on climate change in a letter calling for legislation to reduce carbon emissions and protect the environment.
The 200 signatories said they aim to bridge the gap between science and religion.
“There’s a sense that scientists are not a part of the evangelical community,” said Katharine Hayhoe, the director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and lead author of the “National Climate Assessment,” a federal scientific report assessing climate change impacts and current trends in the United States.
“Climate change gets turned into a polarizing issue,” she said. “There are 200 of us, people who specifically have climate science expertise. We wanted to tell our community and nation that not only does science compel us to get involved, but that also faith compels us.”
The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reports that 78.4 percent of U.S. adults identify as Christian, and 26.3 percent specifically identify as evangelical Protestants.