Jesus - Anti-SUV Activist?


| December 9, 2002


Since the Bush administration shut the door recently onreducing air pollution from power plants, activists have settheir sites again on that other great polluter: the SUV. Here isa look at several creative efforts that are gaining steam:

With its recent 'What Would Jesus Drive?' campaign tostimulate a morality-centered discussion about transportationchoices and their environmental impacts, The EvangelicalEnvironmental Network has brought the question of SUVs tonational attention. Involving TV commercials and a web site, thecampaign aims to help Christians and others understand thattransportation is a moral choice, and encourage people topressure the government and the automobile industry to increasefuel efficiency of vehicles and reduce pollution. WWJD calls onChristians to make a commitment to 'walk the walk and drive thetalk,' pledging 'In making my transportation choices with theRisen Lord Jesus, I believe He wants me to travel in ways thatreduce pollution and consumption of gasoline.' http://www.whatwouldjesusdrive.org

The web site 'I'm Changing The Climate! Ask Me How!'encourages visitors to download and print bumper stickers bearingthis slogan and stick them to as many gas-guzzling SUVS as theycan get their hands on. The site features an SUV tagger of theweek, along with the rules of engagement, such as 'Do not tagsmall SUVs' and 'We only tag late model vehicles, not some beatup old Suburban some poor soul has inherited.' http://www.changingtheclimate.com

The Clean Car Campaign serves as a resource for car and fuelefficiency information, with news and articles updated regularly.The site includes its own secular pledge that visitors can emailto automakers, reading: 'Next time I shop for a new car or truck,I pledge to buy the greenest vehicle available that meets myneeds and fits my budget.' http://www.cleancarcampaign.org



For information on gas mileage, greenhouse gas emissions andair pollution ratings, www.fueleconomy.gov lets you comparevarious new and used cars and trucks and figure out how to drivein the most efficient way possible.
--Erica Sagrans