[guest post by Dana]
This weekend in Manhattan, climate change supporters marched en masse in the People’s Climate March. Clearly, they love the earth more than us:
Tens of thousands of people marched through Manhattan sounding an urgent call for action to reverse global climate change Sunday.
One marcher’s sign read “cut your emissions or you’ll sleep with the fishes.”
The “People’s Climate March” in New York was billed as the largest of several protests held around the world two days before the start of the United Nations’ Climate Summit.
U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon walked with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore along the two-and-a-half mile route. Celebrity protesters included comedian Chris Rock and actors Leonard DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, who said he was marching for his children’s future.
And in a royal bit of hypocrisy, those earth lovers who shed tears over the terrible treatment of our planet by climate change naysayers, fossil fuel producers, and all-around enemies of the earth seemed to have forgotten what they were marching about:
Not to worry though because God is getting dragged into the climate change crusade by The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori Presiding Bishop and Primate The Episcopal Church:
We are united as Christian leaders in our concern for the well-being of our neighbors and of God’s good creation that provides life and livelihood for all God’s creatures. Daily we see and hear the evidence of a rapidly changing climate. Glaciers are disappearing, the polar ice cap is melting, and sea levels are rising. Incidents of pollution created dead zones in seas and the ocean and toxic algae growth in water supplies are occurring with greater frequency. Most disturbingly, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is rising at an unprecedented rate. At the same time we also witness in too many instances how the earth’s natural beauty, a sign of God’s wonderful creativity, has been defiled by pollutants and waste.
Many have reacted to these changes with grief and anger. In their outrage some have understandably focused on the neglect and carelessness, both in private industry and in government regulation, that have contributed to these changes. However, an honest accounting requires a recognition that we all participate both as consumers and investors in economies that make intensive and insistent demands for energy. In addition, as citizens we have chosen to support or acquiesce in policies that shift the burdens of climate change to communities that are most vulnerable to its effects. People who are already challenged by poverty and by dislocation resulting from civil war or famine have limited resources for adapting to climate change’s effects.
God, who made the creation and made it good, has not abandoned it. Daily the Spirit continues to renew the face of the earth. All who care for the earth and work for the restoration of its vitality can be confident that they are not pursuing a lost cause. We serve in concert with God’s own creative and renewing power.
Moreover, we need not surrender to political ideologies and other modern mythologies that would divide us into partisan factions — deserving and undeserving, powerless victims and godless oppressors. In Christ we have the promise of a life where God has reconciled the human community.
Maybe The Most Rev. can ask Jesus to remind people that when they claim to live by certain standards and beliefs, that they might want to really actually do so.