Dealing With Evangelicals in Regards to Global Warming
It may be impossible!
When I was an evangelical, I was convinced global warming was a hoax, scientists had an agenda, dependence on oil wasn't a problem, my small impact on the Earth couldn't do any real harm etc... I had many debates about the issues with "environmentalists". I head the text book response countless times, and yet it never made so much as even a dent in my view of the Earth.
My spiritual deconversion was a completely seperate thing that happened independently of all environmental issues, but as "evangelicalism" left my body, my concern for environmental issues increased proportionately. My worldview, with all sincerity, included the idea that Jesus would be coming back within my life time. So while I didn't admit it out loud, or perhaps even to myself, I didn't care if we were on track to run out of oil in 200 years, or if global warming would harm the planet in 100 years, or if we lose some dumb beetle species. Also, my worldview dictated that God had created a balance, so that how could we as humans mess up God's plan in any significant way? My mind was made up, and I collected "convenient" evidence that supported my ideas in my closed mind. (temperature changes in cycles! volcanoes release far more greenhouse gases than we ever could! etc...)
So while we complain about fundamentalists trying to "shove their views down our throats"... they claim the same thing when we try to change behavior. So its a wash, end of discussion.
Some of the progress being made in the evangelical community is due to the view of "protecting God's creation"... and while that movement may have positive consequenses, I don't want to validate their delusion.