Our History in Highlights

⇒  March, 2000: The Interfaith Council on Environmental Stewardship published The Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship, which 1,500 religious leaders from around the world and many laymen quickly endorsed.

⇒ August, 2005: We began as The Interfaith Stewardship Alliance, adopting The Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship as our founding document.

⇒ November, 2005: We published our first major study, An Examination of the Scientific, Ethical, and Theological Implications of Climate Change Policy.

⇒ May, 2006: We began publishing the Cornwall Newsletter.

⇒ July, 2006: We published our second major study, A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Response to Global Warming.

⇒ July, 2006: We published An Open Letter to the Signers of ‘Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action’ and Others Concerned about Global Warming, signed by hundreds of evangelical scientists, economists, theologians, and other scholars and leaders

⇒  September, 2006: Dr. Beisner testified as an expert witness on the ethics and economics of climate and energy policy before the Environment and Public Works Committee of the United States Senate.

⇒  October 2006, Dr. Beisner debated Dr. David Gushee, primary author of the Evangelical Climate Initiative’s “Climate Change: An Evangelical Call to Action,” at Union University, Jackson, TN, where Gushee taught. The four-hour debate, including contributions from Union University Professors Charles Baldwin and Michael Salazar (who is a Cornwall Alliance Adjunct Scholar) and extensive question and answer time, is available on DVD.

⇒  May, 2007: We took on our present name to reflect better our founding document, The Cornwall Declaration on Environmental Stewardship.

⇒  July, 2008: We published our third major study, The Cornwall Stewardship Agenda, the work of 13 theologians, scientists, and economists, intended to grow with added chapters over the years.

⇒  March, 2009: Dr. Beisner testified as an expert witness on the ethics and economics of climate and energy policy before the Subcommittee on Energy and Environment of the Committee on Energy and Commerce of the United States House of Representatives.

⇒  October, 2010: During a one-hour special on Fox News, we released our 13-part video lecture series, Resisting the Green Dragon.

⇒  December, 2010: We published our fourth major study, A Renewed Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor: An Evangelical Examination of the Theology, Science, and Economics of Global Warming, the work of 29 theologians, scientists, and economists.

⇒ December, 2010: We published An Evangelical Declaration on Global Warming, quickly endorsed by over 450 evangelical theologians, pastors, ministry leaders, scientists, economists, and other scholars, followed by a continually growing number of laymen.

⇒ January, 2011: We published our first book, James Wanliss’s Resisting the Green Dragon: Dominion, Not Death.

⇒ October, 2011: We published our fifth major study, The Cost of Good Intentions: The Ethics and Economics of the War on Conventional Energy, the work of 15 economists, scientists, and theologians.

⇒  July, 2012: To help evangelicals on many battlefronts to labor more strategically and effectively to reassert the sanctity of human life and sexuality, the beauty and centrality of marriage, the goodness of human multiplication, and the dignity of human work and godly dominion over the Earth, we launched In His Image, a multi-year effort to educate evangelicals about the integrally related threats, arising from the denial of the doctrines of Genesis 1:27–28.

⇒  November, 2012: Dr. Beisner was an invited plenary lecturer and panelist at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with the meeting’s theme being “Care of Creation.”

⇒  July, 2013: Cornwall Alliance Senior Fellow Dr. Roy W. Spencer testified as an expert witness on the science of global warming before the Environment and Public Works Committee of the United States Senate.

⇒ July 2014: Cornwall Alliance Senior Fellow Dr. Roy W. Spencer received the “Outstanding Evangelical Climate Scientist Award,” and the Heritage Foundation presented Dr. Beisner the “Outstanding Spokesman for Faith, Science, and Stewardship Award,” both at the Ninth International Conference on Climate Change.

⇒  September, 2014: We published our sixth major study, A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor 2014: The Case against Harmful Climate Policies Gets Stronger, by an outstanding climatologist and an outstanding environmental economist who specializes in climate-change studies.

⇒  September, 2014: We published Protect the Poor: Ten Reasons to Oppose Harmful Climate Change Policies, a declaration endorsed by hundreds of leading scientists, economists, theologians, ministry leaders, and laymen.

⇒  April, 2015: Dr. Beisner, joined by climatologist Dr. John Christy of the University of Alabama and environmental economist Dr. Ross McKitrick of the University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada, spoke opposite 350.org founder Bill McKibben, joined by environmental economist Dr. Rusty Pritchard and Blessed Earth founder Matthew Sleeth, M.D., for the seven-hour Greer-Heard Point-Counterpoint Forum at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, New Orleans, LA.

⇒ April, 2015: At a press conference on April 27 and a lecture symposium on April 28 in Rome, Italy, at both of which Dr. Beisner was a speaker, we published An Open Letter to Pope Francis on Climate Change, endorsed by hundreds of leading scientists, economists, theologians, ministry leaders, and laymen.

⇒September, 2015: We published An Open Letter on Climate Change to the People, their Local Representatives, the State Legislatures and Governors, the Congress, and the President of the United States of America, signed by hundreds of leading scientists, economists, theologians, and ministry leaders, and then by hundreds of laymen.

⇒September, 2015: We published a petition, Forget ‘Climate Change’, Energy Empowers the Poor, signed by thousands of scientists, economists, theologians, ministry leaders, and laymen.

⇒September through December, 2015: We published a series of YouTube videos, Greener on the Other Side: Climate Alarmism—Facts, Not Fear.

⇒October 21, 2015: We premiered a one-hour documentary, Where the Grass is Greener: Biblical Stewardship vs. Climate Alarmism, at the Heritage Foundation, in Washington, D.C., making it available shortly thereafter on DVD.

Throughout this time, we have

✓spoken frequently for colleges, churches, conferences, and other groups in the United States, Canada, Central America, Europe, Africa, and Asia;

✓ maintained a website, an email newsletter, and social media communications that communicate high-quality educational information several times a day on an almost daily basis;

✓published hundreds of articles in newspapers, magazines, and online sites, and been guests hundreds of times on radio and television talk shows across the United States and around the world;

✓provided helpful answers to individuals’ questions about the theology, ethics, science, and economics of environment and energy policy and economic development for the poor;

✓done research to stay abreast of current developments.