Spirituality and Climate Change

snow fallAn article I wrote on climate change was just published in the March issue of Response Magazine.  To read the article in its entirety, go to “Climate Change:  A Spiritual and Moral Issue.”   It includes the following words:

“Climate change is a spiritual issue.  It raises the question of how we experience God’s creation.  Is the natural world simply raw material to be turned into “stuff,” then used and thrown away?  Can we freely disregard and pollute the land, air, and water for the sake of industrial development?  Or is the natural world a holy place, a sacrament through which God is revealed?  How we experience and understand God’s creation will affect our response to the climate crisis.

“We are part of the natural world:  children of God but also children of the earth.  We are part of the interconnected web of life. This may not always be obvious in the midst of shopping malls, parking lots, and gated communities. We may be under the illusion that our human-constructed “world” sits on top of nature, somehow insulated and separated from the forces of nature that we have tamed through technology.  But the increasing frequency of record-breaking extreme weather events makes it clear that this view is as artificial as our constructions. The dramatic effects of climate change show us how vulnerable we are.  In spite of our incredible cultural and technological accomplishments, we are still created beings, dependent on the God who created us and interdependent with the rest of creation.”

I’ll be giving a power point presentation on climate change on Sunday, March 17, at the Grass Valley Friends Meeting House following their regular Sunday meeting.   Contact me to schedule a presentation for your group.  Let’s join together with the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who are speaking out and taking a stand for climate justice.


One thought on “Spirituality and Climate Change

  1. Ever since watching the video of a talk by Guy McPherson, I’ve been thinking about how the reality of climate change — it’s increasing pace, it’s devastating extent — can tempt us to fall into despair. McPherson believes that everything is happening much much faster than even the mainstream scientific consensus suggests. He is so immersed in this issue that he actually feels that the Earth’s best hope is civilizational collapse. This is perverse, and yet his talks are very compelling.

    So, how do we walk the line between hope and despair?

    Your words, Sharon, are helpful in keeping us sane and balanced.

    l’ve also found the work of Buddhist scholar Joanna Macy very helpful (“Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy“).

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