‘Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses…’
What is it that prevents Christian clergy from passionately defending this, the Lord’s prayer, as the key to resolution not only of the world’s terrifying climate crisis but of the disagreements that block the solving of it?
Other than selfishness – a clinging to what we want but do not need – what stands in the way of the haves of this world meeting the needs of those who have nothing – not even the unflooded and fertile lands of their ancestors?
Other than cowardice, what is it that prevents the world leaders of today from telling their well-off people that there can be no future without sacrifice? Especially the sacrifice of our illusions about sustainable lifestyles?
Other than avarice, what is it that drives the absurdly wealthy to oppose the higher taxation that justice and the future of all innocent children now compel them to accept?
Other than pride, what stands in the way of agreement and simplicity, the reduction of what we want to what we need?
Give us this day our daily bread, clean air, pure water, safe shelter, truth-telling, education, medical care, peace, hope for our children…
These are enough, and all are possible – if what we want but do not need – and all other lies – are now given up for their sake.
The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow – 31 October – 12 November 2021.
The COP26 summit brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. There is doubt that Cop26 proved the commitment of the most carbon-productive nations to the urgency of the situation.
Prior to Cop26 the Columban missionary, Fr. Seán McDonagh spoke about the urgent need for all to act now if we are to save the Planet for future generations. He argued that the churches have a moral responsibility to care for the Earth and to work towards protecting our Planet from further disaster due to Climate Change.
Link to Sean’s pre-Cop26 presentation:
In January 2022 Fr Sean will be giving a Zoom presentation for ACI, to update us on the most urgent climate issues and to offer thoughts on the role of synodality in advancing this crucial cause.
27th October, 2021
Updated 20th November, 2021