Appeal Tribune Wednesday, August 31, 2016 3A Canyon Views Facing the challenges of climate change ARLENE M. WEBB In De- cember 2015’s Global Cli- mate Sum- mit held in Paris, 195 sig- natory nations and the EU agreed to the earth-wide goal of preventing a two- degree increase in Earth’s temperature above pre- industrial temperature. Two degrees sounds like a small amount, but as we are already witness- ing, in terms of global temperature, these small rises have significant ef- fects in our weather pat- terns and the vitality of our seas and lands. The most current sci- ence indicates that, in or- der to prevent a two-de- gree rise in Earth’s tem- perature, we must reduce our carbon emissions to ZERO by the year 2050. If we fail to reach that goal, we will experience global climate change ef- fects that will be both dev- astating and irreversible. To put that time frame into perspective, I think about people I love. In 2050, my children will be 64, 63, and 58. My grand- son will turn 40. To say that we live in times that are unprecedented, ur- gent, and epochal can in no way be considered an overstatement. To help us grasp the feasibility of this chal- lenge, we can harken to the “moonshot” of the Kennedy era. At the start of the 1960’s, the idea of putting “man on the moon” was as big a leap in our collective psyches as is our present mind shift of creating a non-carbon- emitting world. We are a species that has demon- strated an ability to meet challenges and even sur- pass the musings of dreamers. The existential dilem- ma with which each of us must wrestle is that of de- termining where we will stand in the midst of this global re-orientation. For we are called – called by the glories of our past, called by the hopes our fu- ture generations, and called by the eternity of our Creator God – to make this enormous energy transition in conjunction with a reinvigorated pur- suit of justice and peace. The currently reigning twin artifices of ‘haves vs. have-nots’ and ‘peace through war’ have no place in the coming global transition. Do you see the door- way through which we must travel? Through the rich and beautiful Judeo-Christian tradition, we have re- The most current science indicates that, in order to prevent a two-degree rise in Earth’s temperature, we must reduce our carbon emissions to ZERO by the year 2050. ceived God’s dream for our lives here on earth. A serious devotion to our faith imbues us with God’s gift of the image of God’s Kingdom. The Lord has been known to deal se- verely with us when that approach is what we need- ed. Simultaneously, God’s grace and forgiveness are what enable us to proceed forward - moving beyond the excesses of ego which are a hallmark of human- ity’s walk here on earth. In the era of the Great Exodus, God frankly de- clared to Moses that God was fed up with the arro- gance and waywardness of God’s people. But we re- member that Moses re- minded God of God’s promises to the people – promises to always be with them and to help them. And God responded by setting aside pining and wrath in order to deal with the people merciful- ly so that they might con- tinue to move forward to- ward God’s dream. Friends, can we not help but imagine that God must surely now some- times pine for a new be- ginning, for a fresh start with this project that we call humanity? But we know both from our own personal experiences and from the stories of our rich, rich tradition that God’s love and mercy are stronger and longer last- ing than God’s wrath. God’s love and concern for us is from everlasting to everlasting. Will you now help God? Will you allow yourself to envision with God a bright and beautiful future for this amazing assortment of life here on Planet Earth? Will you veer nei- ther to the left nor to the right, but move resolutely toward the pathway of our future – to the dream of God? 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