Friday, November 2, 2012

my prayers shared space with ecological justice... again

My prayers this morning shared space with ecological justice... again. Reading more and more stories of rising water levels, warmer ocean temperatures, changing jet-stream patterns bringing drought or floods --not just evident in the Last Great Storm, but being suffered by folks,   --mostly the poor, mostly indigenous around the globe.... --and another....

And watching the Frontline documentary on PBS, Climate of Doubt,  on global warning, and how the "alternative" point of view was promoted, used as a political weapon --to miseducate and further fear and ignorance --saying that CO2 is a good thing.... well, CO2 is like fat.... we all need it, but it will kill you if in abundance....

BUT --I went to the kitchen window to retrieve a mug, and saw that folks were already lining up outside to prepare for the Bazaar --and so, my prayer time and pondering this morning have been necessarily diverted....

I will take a quilt and two pillows over for a raffle....

At prayer this morning (from Luke 12)

He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.

Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith!

And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying. For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

God help the ravens and lilies of the fields --if we destroy life on this planet, our own lives are in jeopardy... because we are one, and when they suffer, we suffer....

There we are.


kishnevi said...

I'm going to go seemingly right wing on you, but this is important:

Climate change is occurring. It always does, warming and cooling since the beginning of the Earth, and scientists don't actually know much about the processes which go into it.

Other eras in earth's history have been warmer than now--much warmer, including in historical times (the early Medieval era)--when obviously modern industrial pollution had no impact. We are in fact apparently in a transition from a period when the earth was much cooler to a period when the earth will be warmer, like it was a thousand years ago. There is actually no evidence that industrial pollution or anything else related to human activity is causing any of this, and some evidence that everything that is going on can be explained to natural phenomena comparable to other periods in terrestrial history, and the so-called models turn out to be consistently wrong when matched up against actual data they're supposed to predict.

To give a comparison, it's rather like a doctor in 1800 saying he knew what causes a communicable disease. Even if he gave an explanation that somehow resembled germ theory, it would be based on what are now known to be invalid assumptions and accurate only because of inspired guesswork.

There's also the additional fact that we don't know what the optimal climate for humans might actually be, and what evidence there is (from what went on during warmer eras in the past) suggests that a hotter globe is actually more beneficial to humanity--it allows, for instance, crops to be cultivated at higher latitudes and higher altitudes. Farmers in Europe were able to grow crops at higher altitudes a thousand years ago, when it was warmer, than they can now. So we have no right to assume that climate change would actually make humanity worse off.

[not meant as a political statement, but it annoys me to see people being taken in by what amounts to scientific bosh.]

it's margaret said...

kishnevi --I hear you. Yes, there has always been climate change. Here in the great plains, there is obvious fossil evidence of such changes.

No brainer.

However, our current change is due to man-made pollution. There is no doubt about it. And it is the poor and disadvantaged that will suffer the most from these avoidable changes, and the corporations that cause the most pollution will not pitch in to change things unless there is a mandate. What we are doing to the planet is suicide. If it were natural events --so be it. --and yes, people might even be able to adapt. But the changes that we are seeing are our own doing.

it's margaret said...

kishnevi: see counterlight's plain post too: