In the first reading today from the prophet Isaiah, God says to Israel, “I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the Earth.”
In the world today, marked by the problems of climate change, the economic poor are a light to the rest of the nations. Without the infrastructures to recuperate from environmental disasters and often living in a closer relationship with the land, the poor are more vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. For example, melting tropical glaciers in Peru threaten mountain communities with the danger of outburst floods and several Native Alaskan communities have been displaced from their villages due to rising sea levels. Those of us who live in large cities are often removed from the immediate consequences of climate change. In order to draw attention to environmental problems, we must look to the poor who are experiencing the consequences of climate change right now.
- What can I do to raise my awareness of how other people in the world may be suffering from the effects of climate change?
- How might I share this knowledge with others?
[by Daniel Spotswood]