At our January 26 Forum, Mary Ellis Stevens challenged us to absorb “Climate Reality.” Anyone who heard her thorough and fact-based presentation went away well informed about the climate crisis. The not-too-distant destruction of species, elimination of coastal cities, deforestation, drought, fires, floods, and melting ice caps might inspire in us fear and anger. But Ms. Stevens, with the power of a prophet, offered hope rather than anger as a response. She said, “We expect innovation in global markets rather than politics to be the primary driver” of a sustainable economy even as she listed voting as a political response. Vote, yes! We can do that. But what else can we do?
With the leadership of the Episcopal Church and the Diocese of North Carolina, St. Peter’s is committing to Creation Care this February by offering two informative and interactive Sunday forum sessions. We can’t change the whole planet, but what better place to begin than in our homes?
On February 9, Maitre Meyer, Mecklenburg County Recycling Educator, will explain how to “Recycle Right.” She will present the challenges and costs of improper recycling and how residents can help. Then on February 16, we will learn how climate awareness can shape our consumption of food and “stuff.” Surprisingly consumer choices have the power to help reverse global warming. Come away from this forum with shared strategies, possible Lenten practices, and even a recipe or two.
Mary Ellis Stevens inspired me with her knowledge and dedication. Let us respond to her call for action based on hope. Let us love our children and our neighbors by taking steps to renew a healthy planet, which Eucharistic Prayer C calls “this fragile earth, our island home.” Wendell Berry, in his poem “A Vision,” imagines that potential home:
If we will have the wisdom to survive,
to stand like slow-growing trees
on a ruined place, renewing, enriching it. . .
then a long time after we are dead
the lives our lives prepare will live
here, their houses strongly placed
upon the valley sides, fields and gardens
rich in the windows.
Deje McGavran with St. Peter’s Creation Care