Letter to the Editor: Coming Together Over Climate Change

January 11, 2020

Submitted by Janet Powers

Do you ever wonder what we really need to do to shift the tide of Climate Change? Such a big and overwhelming question has no simple answer.  We have the technology to shift to renewable energy and dramatically improve energy efficiency, but will it be enough and will it be fast enough?

We are in Climate Change and it is going to get worse. Nature is a mighty, yet often slow force. What we did yesterday and do today, will affect the planet for 100s if not 1000s of years. Additionally, we are just starting to understand the intricacies of planet earth, how it functions as a whole, as our collective body: glorious life as the vital organs, sun’s energy the beating heart, rock and soil the physical body, atmosphere the breath and water the blood, sweat, and tears.

Much of natural law has been and is still invisible to us, and yet we operate on a seeing-is-believing basis. We cannot ‘fix’ this problem with only our minds and current vision, we need to open our hearts and lead with our values. Hope lies in our ability to dig deep within, widen our blurry focus, humble ourselves to the mysteries of life and then act together as best as we are able.

The Environmental Justice and the Peace & Justice Committees at First Parish in Bedford are opening our doors and hoping all who are concerned, who want change but don’t know where or how to start or who have ideas and are excited to share, will join us for a book discussion about Climate Church, Climate World, by Jim Antal.

Reverend Antal is a United Church of Christ denominational leader, climate activist and public theologian, and an all-around interesting person. He makes a compelling case that our challenges are not merely mechanical. His is a theological argument, one firmly rooted in Christian belief and woven throughout with current scientific understanding. While as a community we come with diverse beliefs, we share values and have a collective need to reconnect with the earth and to care for the people of today and tomorrow.

Whether you look to God to illuminate the way, or if you seek other paths and sources of light, please join us. Share with us your thoughts and ideas, your fears and hopes. One does not need to read the book to be part of the discussion. One only needs to come with an open mind and a compassionate heart.

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