Yesterday Rev. Cheryl Pyrch (a member of the PA IPL Board, and a Philly PA IPL leader) attended an organizing meeting for the People’s Climate March, initiated by 350.org and now sponsored by dozens of organizations, from the Sierra Club to churches and synagogues and labor unions. The occasion is a United Nations summit on the climate crisis, called by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. It’s our chance to show the world we care, and we need to make it BIG: “to change everything, we need everyone.” It will be peaceful and inclusive — join us for this historic event!
At our Annual Conference on October 26th, Climate Justice: Faith in Action, one of our presenters will be Victoria Furio, who is on the staff at Union Theological Seminary in New York City and convenes the Climate Justice initiative there. Union made the news recently as the first seminary to divest from fossil fuels. With Victoria’s permission, we’re reposting this lovely piece she wrote for the Union Forum. Join us on October 26th, from 2-6 p.m. at Summit Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia to hear more.
by Victoria Furio
When we see the water ─that most sacred of elements─ disappear from rivers and streams When we hear the wind howl in yet another massive storm We will know the future is here.
For many, that future is now, whether it be India, Australia, the Philippines, or the Mid-West, repeatedly ravaged by floods of biblical proportions; or relentless drought creating deserts in Africa, famine in Somalia, and fears of a new Dust Bowl in California and the Southwest. As a warming earth melts Himalayan glaciers, the water of life will cease to trickle into the great Asian rivers from the Ganges to the Yangtze. Where will 1.5 billion people flee to in their desperation?