New climate-change documentary focuses on people of faith
If An Inconvenient Truth didn’t exactly bring evangelicals to the multiplex in droves, The Great Warming just may. Religious leaders hope the documentary, to be screened in September and distributed in October along with voter guides and eco-sermons, will mobilize religious groups around climate change — just in time for midterm elections. “[T]here is no doubt about the mandate of scripture here. We need to do what we can to care for the Earth,” says Pastor Joel Hunter, who is apparently reading different scripture than some Jesus-lovin’, climate-change-denyin’ folk we can think of. Hearteningly, a July survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that more than 70 percent of people of faith polled believed that global warming is a real danger. “It’s time to get beyond talk to action,” says Great Warming producer Karen Coshof. And some praying probably wouldn’t hurt either.