The Earth Hour web site says
YOUR LIGHT SWITCH IS YOUR VOTEOn Saturday, March 28, for the first time, the lights of the Salt Lake LDS temple were dimmed during earth hour. Does that shake your Mormon faith?
This year, Earth Hour was transformed into the world’s first global election, between Earth and global warming.
Earth Hour began in Sydney in 2007, when 2.2 million homes and businesses switched off their lights for one hour. In 2008...50 million people switch[ed] off their lights.
In 2009, Earth Hour was taken to the next level, with the goal of 1 billion people casting their vote for Earth.
[We urge you] to VOTE EARTH [by dimming your lights] and reach the target of 1 billion votes by the time world leaders meet in Copenhagen for the Global Climate Change Conference in December 2009.
Last night, former United States vice president Al Gore met with leaders of the LDS Church
[giving] a 30-minute presentation and expressed his concerns about CO2 emissions, which was followed by several minutes of questions and answersDoes this mean that the LDS Church is now on the man-made global
Will the Church make a statement in General Conference about global warming? I'm predicting no. But I'll bet they'll talk about the importance of humankind's stewardship over the earth. That's a principle that has always been a part of Church doctrine.warming bandwagon? Talk-show host Bob Lonsberry seemed to be worried about it on KNRS 570 this morning. (Segment begins at 1 hour, 16 minutes into the program). Here's a small part of what he said during an 8-minute segment:
Most other churches in America have bought into the global wrming cult and I don't want to say I'm nervous, but if I had my druthers, I would hope the LDS Church would not...What's your take on the whole thing?
But last Saturday night when they had that cockamamey turn out your lights for an hour...deal, I was disappointed to see that the lights on the temple were turned off. As an act of symbolism, I didn't like that a bit...
...because the temple is symbolic of God and truth and I honestly think this global warming thing is an idol that is being worshiped. It is a false god. It is a cult. It is nothing short sociologically of a religion.
..and that the light would be turned out on the temple in deference to this false god that so many people are worshiping--I didn't like it.
...I wonder if Al Gore came and made his pitch as a consequence of last weekend's thing, and we've heard [our KNRS 570 newscasters] say that global warming will be discussed at this weekend's general conference. I don't know. ...I hope it's not the case.
These are filthy waters and we ought not to swim in them.
Personally, I think Bob Lonsberry has his undies bunched up a little too tight. The LDS Church has always been keen on stewardship of the earth and our environment. Dimming the lights of the temple was nothing more than an expression of the understanding of that stewardship. Al Gore's handlers contacted the LDS Church and asked for an audience. What should the LDS Church tell them--to go suck eggs?
Bob Lonsberry did say that it would take some doing for him to change his opinion on climate change if the Church made an official policy statement supporting extant theories about man's effect on the climate.
Under the circumstances, I'd believe my Church leaders about global warming before I'd believe any scientist who claims that man is having a significant impact.
Will the Church make a statement in General Conference about global warming? I'm predicting no. But I'll bet they'll talk about the importance of humankind's stewardship over the earth. That's a principle that has always been a part of Church doctrine.
Ever since Adam and Eve walked the earth.