Climate change would appear to be the major concern many people are focused on at this time. All around the world we are experiencing catastrophic bushfires, cyclones, floods, earthquakes and other natural disasters. People—especially young people—are protesting and becoming politically involved. Time magazine recently announced that 16-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, was the 2019 “Person of the Year”. Greta has become the figurehead of the global “school strike for climate” campaign and she wants world leaders to stop “failing us” on the environment because “we are in the beginning of a mass extinction”.1
If people are led to panic because they believe “mass extinction” is coming upon the world, then they will also be led to believe that extreme measures should be taken to save our planet.
Measures like a “Sunday Law”? Pope Francis is a fan of Greta. “God bless you, continue to work, continue. Go on, go ahead,” he told her recently.2
As Seventh-day Adventists, I feel that we have not embraced a God-given opportunity to tell the world the real reason why our world is falling apart.
Though I believe Greta has zeal without knowledge, she does have passion and commitment to speak up for what she believes is truth. How we need such commitment to speak with passion for what we know is God’s truth.
One man’s solution
Elon Musk is held by some to be an innovative and forward thinker. This man has a mission to save the world and he has a two-fold solution:
1. To enable humanity to become an interplanetary species, by allowing us to colonise and inhabit other planets—starting with Mars.
2. To reduce the effect of climate change by transitioning to renewable energy.
“To fulfil the first objective, Musk created the company SpaceX, which has as its stated goal to colonise Mars. And for achieving the second, he runs Tesla, which aims to accelerate the world’s transition to renewable energy—namely with electric transport . . . individuals like Elon Musk genuinely believe that ideas like these are the solution to what they perceive as mankind’s greatest threat,” according to an email from Audio Verse.3
Some of my tennis friends have a far-left-green worldview. They believe the solution to catastrophic climate change is simple: do away with fossil fuel and go solar. OK, let’s stretch the mind and imagine this scenario: Every Aussie and Kiwi agrees to dig a very big hole. We then bury our cars, gas/electric stoves, air conditioners, heaters etc. Having taken this first step, we then “go solar”. Would that really lower emissions enough to save our world? I have run many evangelistic missions to India and have come to see that unless major polluters like India, Indonesia and China joined us and took the same action, nothing would change. I do believe that man’s greed is contributing to climate change.
What does God say about climate change? God has spoken through His Word and through His prophet for the last days, Ellen White. He has drawn back the curtain to reveal who is really to blame for all the chaos that we are witnessing around the world.
The inspired perspective
“The restraining Spirit of God is even now being withdrawn from the world. Hurricanes, storms, tempests, fire and flood, disasters by sea and land, follow each other in quick succession. Science seeks to explain all these. The signs thickening around us, telling of the near approach of the Son of God, are attributed to any other than the true cause” (Testimonies to the Church 6, 408).