The Associated Press reports that climate change activists really have turned to religion to make their case. Veerabhadan Ramanathan, a Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientist and (non-Catholic) advisor to Pope Francis on climate, recounted a “revelation” he had around four years ago whilst presenting a paper at the Pontifical Academy. He recalls that after presenting this (allegedly) fact-laden paper, the chancellor of the Academy, a bishop, stated “If we want justice and peace, we must protect the habitat that sustains us.” It was then he realized how to present his case.
Marcia McNutt, former U.S. Geological Survey Director, Science magazine editor and future head of the U.S. Academy of Sciences, added, “You can argue the science until cows come home, but that just appeals to people’s intellect. The pope’s argument appeals to someone’s heart. Whenever you appeal to someone’s heart that’s a much more powerful message.”
Ramanathan, who actually gave the Pope his primer in a parking lot, went on to state that, in some ways, the enlisting of the faith movement is a sign of scientists' desperation, but is also a realization of the need for a ‘moral revolution’ on climate.