Formation - 3 October 2016

en - `Show mercy to our earth…’

`When the earth is ravaged and the animals are dying, a new tribe of people shall come unto the earth from many colours, classes, creeds, and who by their actions and deeds shall make the earth green again. They will be known as the warriors of the rainbow. (Native American prophesy)

`Christians or not, as people of faith and goodwill we should be united in showing mercy to the earth as our common home and cherishing the world in which we live as a place for sharing and communion.’ Pope Francis on September 1st 2016, the World Day of Prayer for Creation.

How are we doing ? What progress since COP 21 ? It is true that renewable sources of energy have soared by 70% in the world’s major economies in the last 5 years Bloomberg Energy Finance Research). Solar technology is improving, costs are coming down, solar investment is growing at a staggering rate. It is forecast that the energy market is being completely reshaped as we increasing tap into free abundant energy of the sun – 60 minutes of sunshine provides for the energy needs of the whole planet for a year I am told ! This will lead to profound geopolitical shifts.

But $5.3 trillion continues to be spent on fossil fuel subsidies, this is more than four times the investment in clean energy. If the G20 goes ahead with plans for new coal fuelled power plants it will be virtually impossible to keep global warming below 2° centigrade, which is the initial target agreed at the Paris conference. Bill McKibben of 380° urges us, `World War Three is truly underway and we are losing ! Propaganda is the key’. Fossil fuels are being rebranded by the big energy producers who often are also the climate change deniers. Many governments still need to ratify the Paris agreement. Meanwhile the earth is warming at a faster rate than expected. 2016 is on track to be the world’s hottest year on record.

And what about us ? James Hug writes in `Eco Catholic’ `ordinary people round the planet are painfully aware of the urgency of the issues the Pope raises so accessibly, forcefully, so well. Major social and cultural changes must take place that will required education and spiritual development, both personal and communal.’ Let us not let this moment pass, as we discover how to be a Christian in the 21st century we are being offered the opportunity to take part in the birthing of a new creation !

We will be putting solar panels on the roof of our new community house in Twickenham, UK. Every little helps.
Sr Jessica r.a.