Attention to the health of the planet is going up. A good thing. In the Western world we started getting good at understanding nature two or three centuries ago just as we were getting very good at wrecking big parts of it.
Now people are thinking hard about where their food and energy comes from, how they get around, their whole ecological footprint. Glen Rhodes Church, like many churches, is moving into Creation Time, a period of five weeks focusing on our relationship with creation through the lens of our faith.
In Creation Time we experience a mixture of intense joy and appreciation at the wonders of creation and a deep concern for the effect humans are having on the planet. Our inspiration for the joy is both our own experience of creation and scripture: the writers of the many books and poems we call the bible are very engaged with the world around them, drawing lessons and insights from creation—ants, lions, winds, waters, volcanoes, you name it.
Our concern comes from what we hear about climate change with the huge injustice it brings to people who have so little responsibility for spewing carbon into the atmosphere, extinction of species, overfishing—all the changes our kind has brought. What to do?
At church we are sensitizing ourselves to our intricate relationship with all other life forms, the whole creation, praying for it and ourselves, gathering up hazardous items such as batteries and compact florescent lights, and working for change. That last one is big, bigger than any church, or even any one country. So we’re joining with others who are determined to do what’s right for the planet.
You may have heard of the big meeting on climate at the UN on September 23. One of the millennium development goals of 2000 was achieving a sustainable environment. The timeline for the goals is until 2015, so the meeting is about what the next steps will be. To draw attention to this process, people around the world are marching on Sunday, September 21, to bring attention to the meeting and the urgent need for action.
Hundreds of thousands are expected at the march in New York. But walks will also take place all over the world that day, including Toronto. I plan to be at the march starting in Nathan Phillips Square at one o’clock on Sunday.
We need some people power to resist the power of the big fossil fuel companies. They seem to be able to get the attention of decision makers easily, and influence policy at the level of national governments. Surely humans can figure out other sources of energy so that our existence on our one and only planet is sustainable.
Climate justice is one of the things Glen Rhodes Church values. More on this in a day or so. Hope to see you at the march!
posted by Robin Wardlaw