Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change

“For the garden is the only place there is, but you will not find it until you have looked for it everywhere and found it nowhere that is not a desert.” –W.H. Auden, from For the Time Being

I was reading the news when I came across a quote from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon that resonated with me and which reads as follows:

It is a moral issue. It is an issue of social justice, human rights and fundamental ethics. We have a profound responsibility to protect the fragile web of life on this Earth, and to this generation and those that will follow. That is why it is so important that the world’s faith groups are clear on this issue — and in harmony with science.

Science and religion are not at odds on climate change. Indeed, they are fully aligned. Together, we must clearly communicate that the science of climate change is deep, sound and not in doubt” (4/28/15 un.org). This quote is close to my heart for two reasons. First, as a person who loves scuba diving and has explored both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, I have witnessed firsthand the devastating impact of climatic change on our planet. I have seen with my own eyes. Second, our bishop, The Rt. Reverend Marc Andrus, has been sounding the alarm for years that the environment has to be at the top of the issues we deal with.

While there are many voices that say this is not an issue, that this is nothing more than “seasonal,” the very fact that we are experiencing extreme drought in the state of California should make us stand-up and take notice.

All of this is a long way of saying that we at St. Clare’s need to think about our own impact and how we might live more intentionally. We’ve taken some steps. For instance, we now have solar power. That’s great news and in addition, we’re lowering our carbon footprint. However, I believe we can and should do more. Your vestry and I will explore what those options look, like but for now if you have thoughts on the matter, I invite you to speak to a member of the vestry or myself. Together, working with others in our diocese and this world, we can have impact that will resonate long after we are gone.

Yours for the reign of God,