Let me preface this short entry by saying that it will not be nearly long enough to say all that I am thinking on this matter. I'm going to make a broad, sweeping statement to which there are many bullet-points I will not address. If you have something to add, subtract, or multiply, feel free to put it in the comments.
I loved An Inconvenient Truth. It actually made me somewhat-fond of Al Gore, who previously evoked zero emotion from me either way. I have always been a "turn the lights off when you leave the room" and "turn the water off when you're brushing your teeth" kind of girl. My parents instilled these things in us not so much for the sake of the environment as for the sake of saving money. It makes sense, though, on both counts. I recycle and I try to "decrease my imprint" on the earth. I think that being a Christian naturally requires me to stop being so egocentric and be a better steward of the earth that God is letting all of us use.
But is the sky falling?
Yesterday I had Easter dinner with my family and my dad engaged me in a discussion about global warming and all of the legislation that will occur as the notion of gloom-and-doom is propagated. Then he reminded me of this verse, where God is speaking to Noah after the 40-day flood ended and Noah and his family were finally able to leave the ark.
This is what God says:
"While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease."
In my mind, that settles it. Of course, we may cause some serious problems for ourselves by not taking care of things in the proper way, but I don't believe that global warming will be the end of us.
I'd love to write more, but I'm interested in hearing your thoughts as well...