Many people I admire–Barbara Kingsolver, Charles Eisenstein, most of the world’s farmers and the rural poor, the Carteret Islanders–believe humanity will be extinct within 50 years. We can no longer dispute the reality of climate change, though the question of when its severity will topple, or perhaps merely transform, the society inhabited by the world’s most well-off people, remains unanswered.
On September 23, 2014 in New York City, UN Secretary General Ban-ki Moon has called an emergency climate summit, a declaratory, final effort to gather the world’s leaders around the crisis of climate change before science officially declares we began too late. According to the summit’s organizers, we have a year and a half left to reverse current disastrous trends. After that, Barbara Kingsolver might be right.
In solidarity with this summit, the people of NYC and 350.org have called a People’s Climate March. Parallel marches are happening all over the country (find yours here).
I am attending this event not only to re-examine the baggage I carry that I am, we are, powerless and despairing, but also to feel the sheer unitive power emerging from a gathering of people who are as terrified, electrified, and numb as I am.
I realize more heavily–and hopefully, for a more beautiful, unified world–every day that our children’s generation will not inhabit the post-Industrial Revolution world that I have learned to populate. Perhaps the climax will occur sooner than that.
Even spirituality will change.
Prompted by the march, by the countless times I have uttered these words without any sort of reverence, skeptical about its application to our time, I offer a re-imagined version of the sacred mantra of the Catholic faith tradition, the Our Father, proclaimed by Jesus to be the perfect prayer, perfect beyond time and crisis.
Give us this day our daily bread, tilled, sown, tended, kneaded, baked, by many hands, whose sweat, without speaking, enters our souls,
Also, I’d like to share that, beyond results and action, I have found something my soul has been looking for in EcoFaith. Thank you for that undefined but valuable gift of community.
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