October 29

Reflection

One year ago we experienced what is rare for us In our part of this country: the full capacity for destruction in a disrupted climate. Superstorm Sandy claimed more than 180 lives and can be blamed for at least 65 billion dollars in damage. Full recovery from Superstorm Sandy is still elusive nearly a year after the storm. People experienced personal tragedy and many of those are still still struggling. These are the terrible results of our increasingly extreme weather. Of the ten costliest hurricanes to hit the United States since 1900, eight have occurred in the past eight years — and that was before Sandy. The latest superstorm only underscored what atmospheric scientists have been trying to tell us: the future is here, our bill has come due for a century-long binge of fossil fuel consumption. Earth and its complex physical systems need to be taken more seriously and thought about more carefully. We need to give serious attention to the effects of societal structures and human choices. Greed needs to give way to the common good. There is no other way. The environment is at the edge of destruction and only humanity that can reverse that direction. It is our time to save this Earth, all its creatures and each other. We may finally being forced to recognize violence in all its forms.

Prayer                   

To bring new life to the land
To restore the waters
To refresh the air…we  pray.

To renew the forests
To protect the creatures…we pray.

To celebrate the seas
To rejoice in the sunlight
To sing the song of the stars…we pray.

To recreate the human community
To promote justice and peace
To remember our children…we pray.

UN Environmental Sabbath Program

Action

Support the organizations whose cry for earth justice will only be heard if it is disseminated by those dedicated to renewal and restoration of Earth.

Suggested Reading

The earth is God’s and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.
Psalm 24:1

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims God’s handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
Psalm 141

Swift and strong climate action is necessary to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change and adapt to the new reality of rising seas and melting ice, superstorms and crippling drought.
Friends of the Earth

The most anti-environmental House of Representatives in history remains in office and is sure to renew the attack on our environmental protections and put nearly 40 years of environmental progress at risk. Earthjustice will continue to use the law and the power of the courts to counter the excessive influence of polluting industries. We will hold those who jeopardize the planet accountable. We will fight for the right to a healthy environment for all and, with you by our side, we will succeed.
Earthjustice

We face alarming odds in the battle against climate change. The math is simple: We can burn 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide and stay below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit of warming — a sustainable level to protect life on Earth. But fossil fuel corporations currently have 2,795 gigatons of CO2 in their reserves — five times the safe amount. And they’re planning to burn it all, because their bottom line is worth more to them than a livable planet.
Center for Biological Diversity

In the past, the destruction of environment and natural resources affected the civilian population disproportionately to the combatants or armies. In the current and recent conflicts around various regions, with the advances of technology and information, we have witnessed the destruction of environment on much larger scales affecting much larger populations…Armed conflict often takes place in areas of critical biodiversity…The deliberate destruction of environment or large-scale destruction of natural resources during conflict is another serious threat…rainforests are most at risk and subject of deliberate destruction and chemical deforestation…The only viable course of action, which would allow us to leave a sound planet to our heirs and their progeny, is to take preventive measures more vigorously and resolve disputes peacefully.
UN General Assembly

It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.
Ansel Adams

The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.
John Paul II

We’re in a giant car heading towards a brick wall and everyone’s arguing over where they’re going to sit.
David Suzuki

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?
Robert Redford

Because we don’t think about future generations, they will never forget us.
Henrik Tikkanen

 

 

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