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How Religion Intersects With Americans’ Views on the Environment


This report was made possible by The Pew Charitable Trusts, which received support from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.

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Research Team        

Becka A. Alper, Senior Researcher   
Alan Cooperman, Director, Religion Research
Gregory A. Smith, Associate Director, Religion Research   
Besheer Mohamed, Senior Researcher
Michael Rotolo, Research Associate
Patricia Tevington, Research Associate
Justin Nortey, Research Analyst  
Joshua Alvarado, Research Assistant

Methods Team         

Courtney Kennedy, Vice President, Methods and Innovation
Andrew Mercer, Senior Research Methodologist
Scott Keeter, Senior Survey Advisor
Ashley Amaya, Senior Survey Research Methodologist      
Dorene Asare-Marfo, Panel Manager          
Dana Mildred Popky, Associate Panel Manager
Arnold Lau, Research Methodologist

Editorial and Graphic Design

Michael Lipka, Editorial Manager   
Jeff Diamant, Senior Writer/Editor
David Kent, Senior Copy Editor
Rebecca Leppert, Editorial Assistant          
Bill Webster, Senior Information Graphics Designer

Communications and Web Publishing

Stacy Rosenberg, Associate Director, Digital         
Reem Nadeem, Associate Digital Producer
Anna Schiller, Senior Communications Manager   
Kelsey Beveridge, Communications Associate
Achsah Callahan, Communications Manager

In addition, the Center would like to thank the following people for sharing their topical expertise (several of them are quoted in this report): Jose Aguto, executive director, Catholic Climate Covenant; Phil Aroneanu, chief strategy officer, Dayenu: A Jewish Call to Climate Action; David Barr, visiting assistant professor of religion, Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia; Karyn Bigelow, co-executive director, Creation Justice Ministries; the Rev. Canon Sally Bingham, founder and president emerita, Interfaith Power and Light; Cassandra Carmichael, executive director, National Religious Partnership for the Environment; the Rev. Richard Cizik, president, New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good; Stephen Ellingson, professor of sociology, Hamilton College in Clinton, New York; Nana Firman, co-founder, Global Muslim Climate Network, and senior ambassador, GreenFaith; Anna M. Gade, Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor, the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Tori Goebel, national organizer and spokesperson, Young Evangelicals for Climate Action; Walter Grazer, former manager, Environmental Justice Program at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University in Atlanta and Macon, Georgia; the Rev. Mitch Hescox, president and chief executive officer, the Evangelical Environmental Network; Bob Inglis, executive director, republicEN; Russell Johnson, assistant director, undergraduate religious studies program, the University of Chicago; Sergei Kapral, protodeacon, Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and treasurer, Creation Justice Ministries; Jonathan Merritt, author of “Green Like God: Unlocking the Divine Plan for Our Planet”; Dan Misleh, founder, Catholic Climate Covenant; Joelle Novey, director, Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA); Fran Pavley, former chair, California Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee; Adam Rome, professor of environment and sustainability, the University at Buffalo; Rabbi Daniel Swartz, Temple Hesed in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and executive director, Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life; Bron Taylor, professor of religion and nature, environmental and social ethics, and environmental movements and politics, the University of Florida; Robin Veldman, associate professor of religious studies, Texas A&M University; Katharine K. Wilkinson, author of “Between God & Green: How Evangelicals are Cultivating a Middle Ground on Climate Change”; and Jennifer Wiseman, director emeritus, the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) program, and senior astrophysicist, the Goddard Space Flight Center.

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