Steward of God's Creation Award

The Steward of God?s Creation award is bestowed to those individuals who exhibit courage and commitment in the caring and keeping of the earth in a heroic, distinguished and effective manner. Awardees are determined by a vote of religious leaders and bestowed at a public event, normally the National Prayer Breakfast for Creation Care, which is sponsored annually by a coalition of religious organizations and affiliates.


Dr. James Hansen
New York, New York

James Hansen Dr. James Hansen serves as the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. As early as 1981, he and scientists from the Goddard Space Institute observed that rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide would lead to global warming sooner than previously predicted. While most climatologists presumed that warmer temperatures might become apparent by 2020, Hansen delivered startling testimony before a 1988 Senate hearing and declared that the effects of global climate change were already being observed.

He subsequently predicted that it would be difficult to convince politicians and the public to respond in an appropriate manner. That insight proved accurate over two administrations as his insights were distorted and denied during both the Clinton and Bush Administrations. He continued to speak out, despite official efforts to censor and silence his observations on the seriousness of climate change.

Hansen has also been outspoken regarding the serious long term effects of continued burning of coal because of the greenhouse gases that result. In West Virginia he protested the practice of mountaintop removal coal mining. Even after he was arrested, he still emphasized to those present, “We have to phase out coal emissions in the next 20 years.”

As Dr. Hansen has pushed far beyond the boundaries of the conventional role of scientists, he has placed his reputation and convictions on the line, even though it has brought him scorn, criticism and arrest. For his outspokenness, for his courage and perseverance in defense of the common good and a stable climate into the future, we are proud to present Dr. Hansen with our 2010 Steward of God’s Creation award.




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