The Faith Factor in Climate Change: How Religion Impacts American Attitudes on Climate and Environmental Policy

While the scientific consensus is clear that human activities, particularly through carbon emissions, are the main culprit of climate change, political views differ with respect to the causes of climate change, its political importance, and how to address it. Moreover, religious views on climate change are far from monolithic.

The majority of Americans (61%) believe that climate change is caused mostly by human activity, such as burning fossil fuels. Almost three in ten Americans (28%) say climate change is caused mostly by natural patterns in the earth’s environment. Just one in ten Americans (10%) say there is no solid evidence that climate change is happening.

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