How it got started...
I haven't been an environmentalist or Christian all my life. I grew up in a small, conservative, farm-community in the Midwest. Then went to a state university in the Midwest, which was hardly anything that anyone would call liberal. During my time in college I made a commitment to follow Christ.
I knew that I wanted to do something that helped people when I went to college. I didn't know what I wanted that to look like though. I picked my major after having read one paragraph about it on a career-counseling website (B.S. Geology). I have never, and probably will never, be passionate about rocks. I am passionate about helping people and problem-solving.
Being a Christian at a conservative Midwest university and also pursuing a major in the sciences wasn't hard. It just required answering a lot of questions from different groups of people.
"Do you believe the earth is 6,000 years old?"
"Do you believe the earth is 4.3 billion years old?"
"Do you take the bible literally?"
"What's it like try and balance your beliefs in science and God?"
I had my go to answers that would be vague enough not to have to actually think about answering the question, but technical enough that it would satisfy the curious minds. It worked throughout college, I never felt pressure to balance Christ and creation. The more that I have learned though, the more I realize that it is an equation that doesn't need to be balanced, they are not opposites or exclusive. They are both right in what they are trying to explain, but they get messy when trying to answer questions that they cannot answer.
After college I began working as an Environmental Scientist helping with environmental cleanup efforts. We go to places that have been damaged or neglected by humans, and try to be a remedy. I have seen first hand both the damage that can, and has, been done by people and also the beauty of restoring places to their original condition.
That's what brings about this website. I firmly believe in the redemption of Christ. I believe that the church of Christ are called to be redeemers to a hurting world. I believe that loving your neighbor means to help anyone that you can have an impact on. And finally, I believe that the Church has an obligation to be redeemers and good neighbors to the environment and to those struggling at home and in developing nations.
I also believe that climate change is real, and it is a threat. I believe it does effect, and will affect, the less-fortunate in more ways that it will affect the more fortunate. I believe that there is no single solution to climate change, but it will take all types of people working together and making changes. I also believe that it will not be a quick fix, but that it is worth the upmost attention and effort.
There are simple solutions to complex problems, if individuals work together as a collective and community. Governments and world leaders have their own responsibilities in combating pollution and climate change, but the more people that begin to protest the inaction of the government, the more quickly they will begin to take meaningful action.
This website's purpose is to help Christians understand the dangers of climate change, and what they can do to take it serious. Facts and figures will only be presented when they are necessary. This is not a one-stop shop on solving climate change or changing the minds of people that don't believe or care to act. It is to show that the Gospel, good stewardship, and climate change are intimately linked; and provide resources and information to Christians regardless of whether they are skeptical, curious, or committed to taking action against climate change, both the causes and effects.
I don't expect everyone to agree with everything that is on this website. But my hope is to create common ground in which we can move forward on to help others, as well as ourselves. If you feel strongly enough, please consider sending and email on the Recommendations Page.