The statement signed by these Christian leaders is built around these four claims:
"1. Human-induced climate change is real.
2. The consequences of climate change will be significant and will hit the poor the hardest.
3. Christian moral convictions demand our response to the climate change.
4. The need to act now is urgent. Governments, businesses, churches, and individuals all have a role to play in addressing climate change--starting now."
Signers of the initiative include Bob Andringua, president of the CCCU; Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and the author of The Purpose-Driven Life; Commissioner Todd Bassett, national commander of the Salvation Army; David Dockery, president of Union University; David Gushee, professor of moral philosophy of Union University; and others.
On February 8 in an address to the National Press Club, Andringa said, "The media are discovering that evangelicals have concerns beyond the hot-button topics they identify with us. I believe the growing list of evangelicals on some of these global issues will encourage millions of evangelicals to learn more about the issue; will open dialogue with Democrats and Republicans alike, and prompt all of us to think how we can be better stewards of the environment." Last week the initiative launched a national radio and television campaign that will run for two weeks.