Yesterday, I was sitting in the office watching and listening to the 2013 Maryland Climate Change Summit feeling impressed and inspired. Maryland’s Governor, Martin O’Malley, gave a great speech about what his state intends to do to combat climate change; it was passionate, comprehensive, and informed.
He spoke, “We are here today because we understand deep in our hearts that we do have a moral obligation to our children and to our grandchildren to give to them a planet that is not on the trajectory that we currently find ourselves in. A planet that is becoming increasingly more damaged, more polluted, more unhealthy.” (see full transcript here)
I have to believe that Governor O’Malley comes by his climate conscience at least partially through his faith as a Catholic. But he also knows that acting on climate is going to do great things for his state’s economy, his citizens’ quality of life, and the heath of the Chesapeake Bay. This, too, reflects Christian values.
We wish the state of Maryland the best with their upcoming action on climate, we are moved to do more good work for God's Creation, and we hope that more states follow suit.
Jessica Church, Field Director of the Good Steward Campaign