As far as the Rev. Tom Goldsmith is concerned, it’s all about humility.
“The earth and its limited resources are not there to satisfy our selfish demands,” said the minister of 25 years, who leads the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City. “Who do we think we are?”
The question is worth considering – especially for people of faith, says the Rev. Sally Bingham, the Episcopal priest who founded Interfaith Power & Light more than a decade ago as a faith-based effort at environmental stewardship.
“If we say we love God, we are required to save God’s creation,” says Bingham, who became a priest in her late 40s specifically because she wanted to have an environmental ministry. “How can you listen to the second commandment – which is to love your neighbor as yourself – and then pollute your neighbor’s air?”
Joseph Walker, Deseret News