September 19

Reflection

From time to time in human history our world is threatened by circumstances so dire that the people unite in the cause of common survival. This will happen again this Sunday as thousands of people gather in New York City in a march demanding world leaders to act to reverse climate change.
“Now comes the threat of climate crisis – a threat that is real, rising, imminent, and universal. Once again, it is the 11th hour. The penalties for ignoring this challenge are immense and growing, and at some near point would be unsustainable and unrecoverable. For now we still have the power to choose our fate, and the remaining question is only this: Have we the will to act vigorously and in time, or will we remain imprisoned by a dangerous illusion?… When we unite for a moral purpose that is manifestly good and true, the spiritual energy unleashed can transform us.”
Al Gore

Prayer

As we breathe the very air which sustains us,
We remember your love, God,
which gives us life.
Fill us with your compassion for Creation.
Empty us of apathy, selfishness and fear,
of all pessimism and hesitation.
Breathe into us solidarity
with all who suffer now
and the future generations who will suffer
because of our environmental irresponsibility.
Move us into action
to save our earth
and to build your sustainable Kingdom.
Amen.
Jane Deren

Action

If you are able, join the People’s Climate March to “pray with your feet.” If you are not able to do this become a Virtual Marcher at http://climatemarch.org/virtual-marcher/

Suggested Readings

O God, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.
Psalm 104:24-30

Therefore the land mourns, and all who live in it languish; together with the wild animals and the birds of the air, even the fish of the sea are perishing.
Hosea 4:3

The sun, the moon and the stars would have disappeared long ago… had they happened to be within the reach of predatory human hands.
Havelock Ellis

There’s so much pollution in the air now that if it weren’t for our lungs there’d be no place to put it all.
Robert Orben

In America today you can murder land for private profit. You can leave the corpse for all to see, and nobody calls the cops.
Paul Brooks

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

We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
Aldo Leopold

Suburbia is where the developer bulldozes out the trees, then names the streets after them.
Bill Vaughn

When we heal the earth, we heal ourselves.
David Orr

How long can men thrive between walls of brick, walking on asphalt pavements, breathing the fumes of coal and of oil, growing, working, dying, with hardly a thought of wind, and sky, and fields of grain, seeing only machine-made beauty, the mineral-like quality of life?
Charles A. Lindbergh

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

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