In the middle of July this year two of the Nuhra Community, myself and Jo, went to a conference in Sydney called Common Dreams. A major reason for going, was to hear one of my favourite spiritual theologians and activists speak – Matthew Fox a courageous and deeply spiritual human being, creative in his thinking, prolific in his writing and still fired with a passion for Justice, for Creation and for Life at the age of seventy nine. I didn’t want to miss this opportunity to hear him speak.
Letitia, Matthew Fox and Jo at ‘Common Dreams’
His opening comments were stunning. In short, according to scientists from all over the world we have only eleven and a half years left to slow down global warning sufficiently to avoid reaching tipping points from which there is no return. For some reason it was not what I expected to hear from Matthew at this conference – although I‘ve been hearing about tipping points and global warming and extinction rates for the past twenty years. This time however, I really HEARD what was said, and it shocked me. Time IS really running out for life as we know it. I have had the privilege of living in a time of peace and prosperity here in Australia, of clean air and beautiful oceans, of safe drinking water and abundant nature, of wide open spaces and magnificent bushland. But what of the generations to come? What kind of world am I leaving to them? What will be the inheritance I pass on?
To want to defend something or to want to save it, you first have to love it – to feel passionately about it. You have to fall in love with the beauty of creation says Matthew Fox if you are going to have enough fire to fight for its survival. If you really love elephants, that will help you to fight for their survival (I know someone who works, saves all their money and goes to an elephant orphanage each year to help). If you love the Great Barrier Reef, like David Attenborough does, you might find a way to inspire other people to discover its beauty and to want save it. If you worry deeply about the future of your grandchildren you might find a voice on their behalf or you might join them in protest about climate change.
Greta Thunberg the young Swedish girl who started the school strikes in Europe said “What we do and don’t do right now, me and my generation can’t undo in the future.” It’s a plea to act now, to act justly and generously and to act bravely. If you get the chance, watch her give a TED X talk and decide for yourself.* Prophets have always come from unexpected places and she is an extraordinary young person.
Many people today want to do something about our global warming crises but feel unsure what difference their voice or their actions will make. I believe young people need the support of the older generations if their natural energy and enthusiasm for life is to be encouraged and developed in creative and positive ways. Its getting late……we haven’t got much time left to act and many governments seems to be asleep at the wheel. Climate change is not a matter of partisan politics – it’s a matter of our survival and we need to act cooperatively, irrespective of our political positions, for the survival of future generations and the life of our planet. If you feel the same you might like to consider joining the school students on September 20th here in Perth for the Global Strike 4 Climate. Just google for details or if you want to meet as a group phone me, on Letitia 0422 969 704. Excellent references below
1 *Greta Thunberg urges MEPs to ‘panic like the house is on fire’ See on UTube
2.Excellent article by Ian Dunlop formerly an international oil, gas and coal industry executive, chair of the Australian Coal Association and CEO of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. https://johnmenadue.com/ian-dunlop-parliament-must-treat-climate-change-as-an-emergency/