I suspect that many of us these days too often find ourselves in despair. Toxic politics, societal division, and staggering inequities in healthcare, housing, and income all weigh on our souls. Oh, and a “little” issue known as “climate change” that I find myself thinking about a lot, as much as I try to suppress it because it’s just too scary and big and impossible to tackle. But is it all that—or more precisely, does it have to be?
From the news coverage of last month’s global climate summit, the UN’s 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26), it would seem that even as dire and real as the effects of climate change are becoming, little of substance was accomplished at the meeting. To be sure, the concrete outcomes were far less than what was needed and hoped for. So it would be natural to retreat back into our despair cave.
But, my brothers and sisters, there is some good news for us. We are fortunate to have an opportunity at a virtual gathering next Tuesday (December 14) to learn more in-depth about COP26, and to begin to discern what we as a faith community can do now to help address environmental injustice. The event will feature presentations by three delegates to COP26, and by leaders from multiple regional and national organizations engaged in the good—and difficult—work of advancing eco-justice for people of color and the economically disadvantaged.
In recent months, I have made a personal commitment to do my part to mitigate climate change. Perhaps this is due to being in my latter 60’s and having an increasing sense of time running out on my life clock. But whatever your age, with Advent hope in my heart, I ask you to join me.
Climate change and environmental injustice can be perceived as an inescapable, existential crisis that overwhelms and paralyzes us, or one that calls people of faith to bind ourselves to the cause and each other in working towards a better future for all people. It is not the fate of the planet that is at stake; it is that of God’s most precious creation: ourselves and those who come after us.
Chris Lakin, Eco-Justice Committee
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