Larry Schweiger, the relatively new President and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, has a piece in the Winter ’05 issue of Creation Care, the environmental magazine of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Here’s an excerpt:

And you know something, I have to tell you tonight, that we have an obligation to our children and their children, and I think it is a Biblical obligation, to address this matter of climate change.

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I don’t care if it takes the rest of my time on this planet to do it, I want to be stubborn, I want to follow in Ralph’s words to be careful what we’re stubborn about, and this for me, is the place to stake my ground.

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And I’m here to tell you something else. The environmentalists, the National Wildlife Federations and the Sierra Clubs and all the other groups out there will not win this battle — [pause] — hear this, will not win this battle without evangelical Christians.

Because the U. S. Congress is made up of a lot of Conservative Republicans and the Conservative Republicans consider their bedrock constituency evangelical Christians. If evangelical Christians come to the table and say that caring for the planet is a part of Christianity and a part of our message, evangelical Christians can turn this struggle.

In fact, I will predict that until evangelical Christians weigh in in a serious way in this matter, we will not win it, and I mean that sincerely.

So I’m here as a brother in Christ to urge you who are not in this fight to get in this fight for the benefit of our children’s children.

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Together we can turn this if we work together and find ways to make this happen.

I’m not a religious person, but I do believe that Schweiger is right. (As an aside: I’m somewhat familiar with Schweiger as a canny and effective politician from his time here in southwestern Pennsylvania as the director of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.) I think we can overcome the distrust on both sides, if indeed there are “sides.” Good for Schweiger for trying to reach out.