Joseph Sheldon, distinguished professor of biology and environmental science, said, "It was a great and humbling experience" to be a part of the new coalition of scientists and evangelical religious leaders focused on promoting the protection of the global environment.
Professor joins historic environmental coalition
Joseph Sheldon, distinguished professor of biology and environmental science, was invited to become part of an unprecedented national coalition of scientists and evangelical religious leaders who have joined forces to promote the protection of the global environment. Spearheaded by the National Association of Evangelicals and scientists at the Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School, the coalition held its first meeting in December 2006 at the Melhana Plantation in Thomasville, Georgia.
In January, the 34-members of the coalition released a joint statement at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.—an “Urgent Call to Action” that articulated their concern about human-caused threats to the environment. The statement calls for increased public and government attention to some of the climate’s most significant threats, including wildlife habitat destruction, pollution, and global warming.
“It was a great and humbling experience to be part of this gathering,” said Sheldon, who—along with the rest of the coalition—hopes that this groundbreaking collaboration between religious and scientific leaders will influence public policy in the nation’s capital. Toward that end, the coalition has requested a meeting with President Bush and has already garnered the support of key Democratic and Republican U.S. senators.
Most importantly, Sheldon hopes that evangelical Christians “will realize the magnitude of this problem and see that their personal response is a matter of moral imperative, part of their Christian stewardship responsibilities.”