For almost 75 years, GuideOne has been an insurance firm whose primary business has been insuring places of worship, faith organizations, and religious schools. But in the past year, [they have] undergone a conversion. The company wouldn’t be the first to choose mammon over God. But given GuideOne’s stake in the religious community, the letter’s authors have made it clear that faith organizations will watch closely how [their] management will choose [for the future].
Religious groups of all stripes—from Catholic to Evangelicals, Hindus to Buddhists, Muslims to Mormons—have made it clear that climate change is a dire threat. Pope Francis and the Vatican have called on Catholics to “shun companies that are harmful to … the environment, such as fossil fuels.” The World Council of Churches ruled out any investments in fossil fuels as early as 2014. The Lutheran World Federation, many branches
of the global Anglican Church, the United Church of Christ, the Islamic Society of North America, and hundreds of other religious organizations globally have divested from fossil fuels. This unequivocal religious consensus is reflected in the letter religious leaders sent to GuideOne:
“As leaders and organizations in the faith community, ‘we see a moral imperative to address the climate crisis with the urgency it demands.'”
Standing and speaking out against a corporately-controlled ideology which denies any damage happening to our Climate or Environment (until their mansions start actually burning from the exponentially-exposed sun) is wholly honorable (and expected).