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Environment from a Christian Perspective Using Toulmin's Argument Model, this paper will explore the way in which Christians should act in response to the environmental challenges facing the planet. There are many reasons that all citizens should be paying attention to the problems that the earth is facing, due to climate change and pollution. And Christians, while they have spiritual values that differ from Muslims, Buddhists and other faiths, are citizens of the world and should be attentive to ways in which they can help reduce global climate change and make the planet safe and healthy for future generations. Thesis: What specific actions should Christians take with regard to the challenges facing the world's environment and the need for preservation and restoration?

Claim

It is a well-documented fact that the planet and its vital ecosystems are being threatened and challenged by climate change, which is being caused in no small way by human activities. These threats and challenges are having a dramatic effect on wildlife, on the habitat that provides wildlife with the resources to survive and prosper, and on the sustainability of human beings and their communities throughout the planet.

Hence, all the world's people, including the Christian community, should be engaged in any and all behaviors that can help mitigate the conditions that are causing the earth to heat up.

Grounds

The grounds for the assertion that the planet is being threatened by climate change are gleaned from empirical data gathered and published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), an international organization of scientists -- launched by the United Nations' Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization -- that has dedicated the past twenty plus years to intensive empirical research on climate change.

The IPCC is composed of thousands of scientists from 195 nations in...

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In its "First Assessment Report" (issued in 1990) the IPCC asserted that while there is a "natural greenhouse effect" which keeps the earth "warmer than it would otherwise be," emissions produced by human activities "…are substantially increasing the atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, methane, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and nitrous oxide."
In the "Fourth Assessment Report: Climate Change 2007," the most recent report, IPCC states that "…Warming of the climate system is unequivocal, as is evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, widespread melting of snow and ice, and rising global average sea level" (IPCC, 2007).

The global atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide "…has increased from a pre-industrial value of about 280 parts per million (ppm) to 379 ppm in 2005" (IPCC). The IPCC reports that the "primary source" of the enormous increase in carbon dioxide "…results from fossil fuel use" (coal-fired and oil-fired electrical generating plants, plus internal combustion engines in vehicles that use gasoline and diesel fuels). The annual release of carbon dioxide into the air -- that is produced through the burning of fossil fuels -- has increased from an average of 6.4 gigatons of carbon (GtC) [fluctuating between 6.0 to 6.8 GtC] per year in the 1990s to 7.2 [fluctuating between 6.9 to 7.5] per year in the period 2000 to 2005 (IPCC).

Warrant

"Then God said, 'Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground…'" (Genesis 1: 26) (Bible Gateway).

Because they place great faith in the Bible, specifically the commandment in Genesis (1:26-28) that gives humans "dominion over the earth," Christians should be at the forefront of the movement to be stewards of God's creation, and they should not only be concerned with redemption and the afterlife but also they should be alert to environmental…

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Works Cited

Bible Gateway. 2011. Genesis 1:26-28 (New International Version). Retrieved July 5, 2012,

From http://www.biblegateway.com.

Goodstein, Laurie. 2006. Evangelical Leaders Join Global Warming Initiative. The New York

Times. Retrieved July 5, 2012, from http://www.nytimes.com.
The Physical Science Basis. Retrieved July 4, 2012, from http://www.ipcc.ch.


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