Climate Change Rally - September 23rd, 2014

It's been a huge week for global climate action!

120 WORLD LEADERS AT THE UN SHOWED THAT THE WORLD IS MOVING ON CLIMATE CHANGE - Australia risks being left behind the rest of the world if we don't join in and take bold steps to tackle climate change.

More than a 120 leaders attended the meeting – the biggest and most senior climate gathering since the disappointment of Copenhagen in 2009 - the leaders of China, India and Australia, were conspicuous through their absence.

Mr Abbott was on his way to New York at the time for the UN Security Council meeting on global terrorism, but the man who built his 2013 election win on a promise to roll back a price on carbon, had pointedly refused to attend the climate meeting. Instead he sent Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to present the case for his as yet unlegislated Direct Action replacement scheme.

However thousands of concerned citizens joined the huge global effort and marched last weekend in Australia. Enjoy below some photos of the events across the world.
WHY CARE? For people of faith the issue of ecological destruction though climate change that our planet is facing touches deeply into our theology, spirituality and morality. At this time in human history, can we as Sisters of Mercy, extend our traditional vow of service to the poor and suffering people of the world to include also the suffering earth and all its species?

ACTIONS: In 2008 our communities made some excellent decisions to limit our use of electricity, gas, water and petrol. Perhaps we can revisit those and extend them further:

  • Consider solar panels to provide hot water or full electricity power.
  • Our ecology 4th/Vow groups meetings are always informative and even enjoyable! Everyone is welcome.
  • Watch an excellent DVD featuring leading scientists and ordinary people discussing climate change: disruption.com

A risk lies in:

"considering ourselves the masters of creation. Creation is not some possession that we can lord over for our own pleasure, nor, even less, is it the property of only some people, the few. Creation is a gift, it is the marvellous gift that God has given us so that we will take care of it and harness it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude." POPE FRANCIS, General Audience, Rome, May 2014.

 

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