While self-isolating and working from home for several weeks, I’ve found myself thinking about
the environment. Of course, primarily I’ve been thinking about the pandemic and its devastating
impact on our health, our economy, our society. But in what perhaps represents a tiny glimmer
of hope, the worldwide measures to contain the pandemic have resulted in reduced carbon
emissions and better air quality.
This is not surprising, you might be thinking – people all over the world are staying home, after
all. That is certainly true. And it’s not that I’m naive enough to think we’re going to continue
staying home to this extent once the danger from the pandemic is over. But, the glimmer of hope
I see is that perhaps this will get us all to realize that our actions truly have a profound effect on
the environment. More importantly, perhaps we will all realize that we really do have some
control over the rate at which climate change occurs. After all, if humanity doesn’t come
together to reduce carbon emissions, who will?
Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22. As people of faith, let’s come together to care for the Earth.
Doing so is one step we can take to help ameliorate the disproportionate impact global warming
will have on those who are least able to weather its effects.
My vision is that Westminster will become a leader on this front in the local community. While
action needs to be taken on the local, state, national, and international fronts by individuals,
governments, and businesses, we all can start somewhere.
The Charlottesville Climate Collaborative is a great resource for getting started. Its website –
www.theclimatecollaborative.org – is full of ways to engage in this critical fight for our planet.
I encourage you to sign up for the Household Challenge. There is already one team at
Westminster participating – it would be great if more households did as well! And, the
Collaborative even has a virtual climate camp with activities and ideas for all ages while we are
staying at home.
You also might want to consider joining a group such as The Sierra Club, League of Women
Voters, or Friends of the Earth. They have climate newsletters full of useful information.
Remember – We Have No Other Earth!
Chair, Peace, Justice & Inclusion Division
On behalf of The Green Team