A Christian Surfer Rides the Environmental Wave: An interview with Jim Moriarty of Surfrider

Read Christian Buckley Interview Jim Moriarty, CEO of Surfrider in the Fall 2011 issue of Flourish magazine about what it means to be a Christian environmentalist.

CB: How would you define environmentalist, and would your definition of a Christian environmentalist be any different than your definition of an environmentalist?

JM: Yes, my definitions are different. When I took this job, I told the board, “I’m not an environmentalist,” and I specifically said, “I’m not a ‘capital E’ environmentalist. I am a ‘small e’ environmentalist.” And that’s more descriptive of traits that I have and my particular belief system or hierarchy. It’s more of a lifestyle and less of a job.

For me, an environmentalist is as simple as someone who understands and appreciates nature and God’s creation. I interviewed a seven-year-old girl, Mackenzie Steiner, asking her the silly question, “Are you an environmentalist?” And she said, “I don’t know what an environmentalist is.” I explained, “Well, it’s someone who appreciates God’s creation, sees that it’s beautiful, and cares for it.” To which she quickly said, “I absolutely am that, because fish need clean water and birds deserve clean air.” She’s right. [Read the rest of the interview in the Fall 2011 issue of Flourish magazine.]

Trackbacks

  1. […] September 17, 2011 Tweet // A Christian Surfer Rides the Environmental Wave: An interview with Jim Moriarty of Surfrider […]

Speak Your Mind

*