Persuasion “starts with the tenets of faith” more than with scientific data, said the Rev. Leith Anderson, president of the United States-based National Association of Evangelicals, noting that most of the world’s population has some religious affiliation. “Environmental catastrophes” like recent storms, flooding and droughts, he said, “create opportunities to persuade.” The Rev. Mitchell C. Hescox, president of the Evangelical Environmental Network, said he had given hundreds of talks on the issue. “Many evangelicals believe in climate change or understand the science in climate change, but they still see it as a future event,” he said. “It’s not something they have to worry about, and that is what we have to change.”
“At the highest circles, people still don’t get it,” he said. “It’s not just a light rinse” that’s required. “We need a total, I might say ‘brain washing.’ “We need to wash our brains out and see a very different kind of world.”
Exorcist Don Antonio Mattatelli: “All natural disasters, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, demonstrate that the end of the world is coming It will not be the end of the world in general, but of this world yes. Natural phenomena so sudden and powerful shows that, there is no confidence in the future and we have come to an end of modernity”.
Flashback Gore: 'Every Night on the television news is like a nature hike through the book of revelations' - (UK Guardian - 4 min. into video) - Excerpt: "Mother nature is making these points very persuasively. Every Night on the television news is like a nature hike through the book of revelations. And people notice this, and they hear from from their parents and grandparents it didn't used to be this way. You know when their are record floods and record droughts and record wildfires and sea level rising when the streets of miami florida, some of them flooding during high tide, people can't fail to notice that."
Rabbi Yonatan Neril, founder of Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development: 'We need to listen to what Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Katia are saying as messengers of God’s creation, planet earth. Something is out of balance in the way we are living, and the need to change is hitting us in the face.'
Neril: 'This is a huge wake up call for humanity that we need to change. It's no longer about recycling or getting a hybrid car. We need a fundamental reorientation of the way that we are living for sustainability.'
"Those who deny it [climate change] should go to the scientists and ask them," the pontiff said on Monday during an in-flight press conference on the return leg of a five-day Colombia trip. "They speak very clearly." As his charter plane flew over some of the recently devastated areas en route to Rome, Francis added: "I am reminded of a phrase from the Old Testament, I think from the Psalm: 'Man is stupid, he is stubborn and he does not see.'"
He said individuals and politicians had a "moral responsibility" to act on advice from scientists, who had clearly outlined what must be done to halt the course of "catastrophic" warming. "These aren't opinions pulled out of thin air," he said. "They are very clear. They [world leaders] decide and history will judge those decisions." Recalling last month's news that a ship crossed the Arctic without an icebreaker for the first time, Francis said: "We can see the effects of climate change, and scientists clearly say what path we should follow."