~ Bill Viertel, Chair, SEM Display & Primer Subcommittee
Despite the massive political and social divisions in our society, greatly exacerbated in recent years, the most important issue of our time is global warming. In fact, referring to it somewhat benignly as “warming” does not do it justice. An overwhelming scientific consensus, based on decades of painstakingly-gathered scientific facts, believes that humankind has knocked our planet out of the natural climate cycle in effect for over 2 million years. As the heating inexorably increases in the atmosphere, oceans, and land due to carbon emissions, the natural world as we have known it and human habitability itself are in great peril. Unless we take much more rapid action, this will make the political and social upheaval we have experienced to-date seem like a UCUCC Sunday picnic.
There are actions the world can take to prevent this, and there are ways the members of our church can individually and collectively facilitate this, but we are all running out of time. Once the heating goes beyond a certain point, the adverse effects will be “baked in” for hundreds of years.
There will be a Red Wall display from November 19 until Christmas about this critical issue, designed and implemented by the Sacred Earth Matters (SEM) Committee.
It will be segmented into three sections:
- That which is at risk and which we must save (outlined in green).
- The damage we are doing due to carbon emissions (outlined in black).
- The available and developing solutions we can implement to halt and eventually reverse the problem (outlined in green).
Please take time to view this extensive display during the month it is up, and please do not hesitate to ask questions of members of the committee.
In addition, a living document, a Climate Change Primer, will be made available by email to those interested in learning far more detail.