Climate Justice – We must act now!
We are living in a time of extreme danger. The earth is really suffering: our oceans are full of plastic killing our sea-life; vast numbers of animals and birds are becoming extinct every day and, unless we act quickly, our insects will be totally wiped out within 80 years.
Global warming is causing extreme weather events so that parts of the world are becoming uninhabitable due to flooding or drought, bringing starvation to many communities and hitting the poorest the hardest.
Top scientists tell us that we need to halve our carbon emissions in the next 12 years to avoid a devastating rise in world temperatures. This is a very short period of time. Many of our children and grandchildren will not even have left school by then.
The Good News is that we can technically do this but it will need a complete change of heart in the way our political leaders act and behave.
Global warming and climate justice were the focus of our two Global Healing film nights on 8th and 15th March 2019. These sessions helped us better understand what is happening and suggest actions we can take as individuals, in our families and our communities including our parish.
Take a look at some of the slides from the film nights:
Children’s Climate Strikes
In March over 50,000 children and young people took to the streets in the UK, protesting about the lack of government action on climate change. Childrens’ strikes are now taking place right across the world. Take a look at this short clip: “We can solve this” https://youtu.be/s0lpEWIUwzs
You may have heard Greta Thunberg, the 16 year old Swedish activist, telling world leaders: “ I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if our house is on fire. Because it is.” Greta Thunberg speaks at World Economic Forum at Davos
Our Common Home https://www.ourcommonhome.co.uk/
Our Common Home gives links to films and other resources about Global Healing. It was commissioned by the Bishops of England and Wales to help us get our heads and our hearts around the wonderful teaching that Pope Francis is offering us about the earth and our responsibility to care for it.
Our Parish Action Plan
We are now developing a set of actions for the Parish Community on Climate Justice. This will include linking up with Cafod’s Living Simply Project. We are also creating a wild-life garden in the grounds of St John Fisher church. And we are linking up with our local schools and their action on the environment. Watch this space!
Things you can do!
Take a look at the Cafod website for ideas on things you can do to help: Our Common Home | CAFOD
This project is coming along in leaps and bounds thanks to David Walsh and John Brannelley and their team at St John Fisher. Many thanks to everyone who has donated a plant, we could do with lots more as it is a big area to plant up. We now have raised flower beds and a rockery and there will be more features to follow. When the children return to school, we will have an afternoon when we will bless and officially open this project.