Much peace to you and your chosen and non-chosen families
Over the last few weeks, I have been thinking about the recent IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) report that was released at the beginning of the month. Since the nations of the world have not curbed their use of fossil fuels it is inevitable that our world is and will continue to get warmer. Even if we cut all fossil fuels today, the planet will raise 1.5 degrees. While that does not sound like alot, the effects will be evident. Major weather disasters will increase and our sea levels will continue to rise. Even our beloved Chicago will not be spared. I highly recommend reading Dan Egan’s harrowing July 7th article on the relationship between climate change, Lake Michigan, and Chicago.
It can be easy to see the dark future awaiting us and future generations. Trust me, I know! I am 24 and recognize that unless we take radical action I am going to grow old in a hotter and more deadly America. One way that I found to find some peace of mind is to act. Chicago has numerous groups that meet to discuss our current ecological disaster and solutions to fix it. I also recommend that you write to your congresspeople and push them to support policies that will reduce our carbon emissions. You can also advocate in your own work place. Parishioners at St. Teresa works on every level of the corporate ladder and asks yourself if your organization is looking out for future generations.
Finally you can get involved at St. Teresa of Avila. We are excited to be starting a Care for Creation committee. While you all will hear more about it at all our masses in the coming weeks, I ask you to prayerfully consider joining our committee. If you would like to join please click the button below below and I will get back to you with more information on how to participate.
God Bless you and our (hopefully) greener earth.