February 27

Reflection

You give them something to eat.
Mark 6:37

When we think of the responsibility we have to feed the hungry, we usually think of it in manageable actions within the sphere of our own contacts.  We are involved in food drives, soup kitchens, money donations and like activities. We don’t usually include ourselves and our families among the vulnerable.  However, in this time of climate crisis, we probably need to widen our focus. The number of hungry people in the world is growing, reaching 821 million in 2017 or one in every nine people. (The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018). By 2050 the world’s population is expected to reach 10 billion (United Nations’ projections). How can we expect to feed that many people if our resources continue to be depleted? Changes in climate are already undermining production of major crops in tropical and temperate regions and this is expected to worsen as temperatures increase and become more extreme. Staple crops such as wheat, rice and maize are particularly at risk from climate extremes. As we consider the increasing factual evidence we cannot shirk our own responsibility to address the issue of climate change, nor can we any longer avoid the realization that personally and politically now is the time to act.

Prayer

Give them something to eat

Action

Inform yourself about the connection between climate change as one of the major impacts on the world food supply. What can you do in small ways to change your own behavior patterns? With whom can you partner to confront the problem?

How Climate Change Will Alter Our Food

Suggested reading

In those days the crowd once again became very large, and they had nothing to eat. Jesus called the disciples to Him and said, “I have compassion for these people, because they have already been with Me three days and have nothing to eat. If I send them home hungry, they will faint along the way. For some of them have come a great distance.
Mark 8:2

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.
Matthew 25:35-40

You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. This is how prayer works.\
 Pope Francis

If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
Mother Teresa

We know that a peaceful world cannot exist one-third rich and two-thirds hungry.
Jimmy Carter

In a world of plenty, no one, not a single person, should go hungry. But almost 1 billion still do not have enough to eat. I want to see an end to hunger everywhere within my lifetime.
Ban Ki-moon

The main way that most people will experience climate change is through the impact on food: the food they eat, the price they pay for it, and the availability and choice that they have.
Tim Gore, Head of Food Policy and Climate Change for Oxfam

Climate change, if unchecked, is an urgent threat to health, food supplies, biodiversity, and livelihoods across the globe.
John F. Kerry

People are going to buy cheap fertilizer so they can grow enough crops to feed themselves, which will be increasingly difficult with climate change.
Bill Gates\

If we do not change our negative habits toward climate change, we can count on worldwide disruptions in food production, resulting in mass migration, refugee crises and increased conflict over scarce natural resources like water and farm land. This is a recipe for major security problems.
Michael Franti

Global hunger levels rising due to extreme weather, UN warns

Farmers, Don’t Count on Technology to Protect Agriculture from Climate Change

Agribusiness and Climate Change: How Six Food Industry Giants Are warming the Planet

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