Here I am, coming up from the depths of prayer, meditation, study, and writing. These past months I’ve been focused primarily on writing my new book, Love in a Time of Climate Change, which is almost ready to send to the publisher.
Then in August, I spent three weekends leading workshops in Merced, San Rafael, and Roseville on “Climate Justice” for the United Methodist Women’s program of transformational learning, Mission U. I had helped write the book for the class, and last Spring I had traveled by train to St. Louis for the leadership training. The workshops I led emphasized that working for climate justice includes, but is not limited to, making simple lifestyle changes. It also requires us to respond to the demands for justice from those who are living and working on the front lines of climate change, and whose lands and waters are threatened with pollution by extreme forms of fossil fuel extraction, transport, and refining. It also means working to change the system that perpetuates climate change and so many other forms of injustice. That’s why banners at climate justice demonstrations often say “System Change Not Climate Change.”
Just today, I had to add a few words to my book about the growing protest led by the Standing Rock Sioux against the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota. This, too, is climate justice action. It is also history in the making! The camp now includes 150 tribes and over 1,000 people. A call for solidarity actions has gone out, and I plan to participate. Here is more information and a list of actions planned so far.
The courageous, Spirit-filled actions at Standing Rock give me hope. I believe that the Spirit is active wherever people are taking a stand for people, for the earth, and for future generations. And such actions are not just taking place in isolation. As the title of a popular book on this topic says, “We Are Everywhere.”
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