Thou Shalt not Pollute, Religions Join the Green Movement

I wasn't going to blog on this, but given I saw 2 articles it caught my attention.  Government regulations were something which I believe is going to change the behavior of businesses, but now religions have joined the Green effort. 

Can you imagine the confession from an energy wasting data center CIO?  Maybe this is a good way to get the attention of executives the 10 energy wasting sins in a data center.

The first article has the Vatican listing pollution as a sin.

Vatican lists new sins, including pollution

Top official also cites drugs, genetic manipulations and economic injustices

updated 12:42 p.m. PT, Mon., March. 10, 2008

VATICAN CITY - In olden days, the deadly sins included lust, gluttony and greed. Now, the Catholic Church says pollution, mind-damaging drugs and genetic experiments are on its updated thou-shalt-not list.

The second article has Southern Baptists leaders signing an environment vow.

Southern Baptist leaders sign environment vow

'Actions have often been too timid,' especially on climate, they say

updated 10:31 p.m. PT, Sun., March. 9, 2008

NEW YORK - In a major shift, a group of Southern Baptist leaders said their denomination has been “too timid” on environmental issues and has a biblical duty to stop global warming.

What also caught my attention is the grass roots support that drove part of the change at the Southern Baptists.

Student rallied leaders
The last Southern Baptist statement on global warming came at the denomination’s 2007 annual meeting, which approved a statement questioning the belief that humans are largely to blame for climate change and warning that increased regulation of greenhouse gases will hurt the poor.

Even so, Jonathan Merritt, a student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, began rallying denominational leaders to take a different approach. Merritt, 25, son of former convention president James Merritt, said a theology class had inspired him.

His professor had compared destroying God’s creation to “tearing a page out of the Bible.”