Christians and climate change — where do we stand? Betsy Painter is a creative writer and conservation biologist, who is passionate about environmental care and its human dimensions. She has studied Religion and Ecology in graduate school with a focus on the beautification of nature in the redemptive Biblical narrative and its implications for environmental hope and messaging today.
I spoke with Betsy about her new book, A Christian’s Guide to Planet Earth: Why it Matters and How to Care For It. More and more Christians have been working and supportive of policies and actions to help protect the Earth in recent years. Climate change has become a big issue for many young Christians and its cool to see those who are making a difference.
I thought it was really neat that Betsy studied Religion and Ecology — what a neat combo. And to bring in a Biblical narrative to all of this is so important. When I think about Earth, my mind roams back to Eden and all the majestic creativity God put into forming this planet, it’s many kinds of plants, animals, mountains, waters and mysteries. Betsy has a world of knowledge and I think every Christian needs to care about this issue!