This month there has been a lot of talk surrounding climate change. Is it real or is it” fake news”?
I’d like to step back and pull the cover of climate change away and look at some underlying issues that we seem to dismiss because we’re fighting about climate change.
What is real?
Deforestation- the permanent destruction of forests in order to make land available for other uses.
Pollution- the addition of any substance (solid, liquid, gas) or any form of energy (such as heat, sound, or radioactivity) to the environment at a rate faster than it can be dispersed, diluted, decomposed, recycled, or stored in some harmless form.
Why should we care?
Deforestation affects the subsistence and income of some of the world’s poorest. The human impact is great, but animals, birds and insects are losing their homes along with plants.
Pollution affects the air we breathe, the water we drink, the foods we eat and the spaces we live.
Does this have anything to do with God?
We are destroying the very creatures God loves not to mention the plants and trees that sustain them/ us. Think of the pollution and how it affects our sacraments. Baptism needs water, wine needs healthy soil and water along with bread. How can we experience God through these means if we get sick?
While climate change reality is being debated let’s look at what everyone knows is happening. We are destroying God’s earth in order to get metals for new cars and cell phones. We are clearing forests to plant monocrops for cookies. There are so many things we are doing to destroy God’s creation. It’s time to take a look at how our lifestyles are affecting ourselves and others.