Survey: US religious groups do not view climate change as a crisis

by | Oct 4, 2023 | Religion

(RNS) — On the same day Pope Francis issued a new call for climate change action, a group of mostly mainline Protestant and Jewish leaders launched a seven-year campaign to advocate for meaningful climate solutions.“One Home One Future” is the latest multifaith effort intended to engage congregations in caring for the Earth.
But a new survey released by the Public Religion Research Institute suggests that work won’t be easy.
Beliefs on the severity of climate change have not shifted much among religious traditions over the past decade and few religious Americans view climate change as a crisis, according to the PRRI study published Wednesday (Oct. 4).
Overall, 27% of Americans say climate change is a crisis, just a few percentage points up from 23% in 2014. Among the nation’s religious groups, beliefs on the severity of climate change have not shifted significantly. In fact, among white evangelicals the view that the Earth is in crisis actually dropped — from 13% in 2014 to 8% today.
No religious group topped one-third of respondents agreeing climate change is a crisis. American Jews were the most likely to say so at 32%, followed by 31% of Hispanic Catholics, 22% of white mainline Protestants, 20% of white Catholics, 19% of Black Protestants and 16% of Hispanic Protestants who say there’s a climate crisis.
“Concern About Climate Change, 2014 to 2023, by Religious Affiliation and Importance of Religion” …

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