Tuesday, June 25, 2013. I won’t forget this day.
Because that’s the day we listened to President Obama deliver his climate action speech at Georgetown under DC’s fittingly murderous summer heat. I listened in near disbelief. The President of the United States – arguably the most gluttonous carbon-polluting nation in the world – was outlining a plan for positive global-scale change. Change, for the good of our children and their children. Change, for the good of all nations on Earth. Change, to “keep the planet habitable.”
We’ve been hoping for this day for years. We’ve prayed for our leaders to protect God’s injured creation. We’ve consoled the victims of climate chaos from the Mississippi delta to the degraded farmlands of Kenya. We’ve written countless letters to our political leaders, begging for action. We’ve made our plea repeatedly in Congressional offices. We’ve shrugged off hostility and indifference from many in churches of our faith. We’ve been hauled off to jail in Washington’s sweltering August heat.
In all this, we wondered if America would ever find the courage to face the truth about our disastrous misuse of our Father’s world and its most vulnerable children – whether human or four-footed, winged or aquatic. We have longed to proclaim the good news to every creature, as our Savior commanded us. But for the most part, we’ve only brought more and more bad news. More droughts; more floods; more violent storms; more acidic oceans; increased extinction of our fellow created species; more severe crop failures; rising food costs; more hunger.
But then, under Washington’s oppressive afternoon heat, the President said much – perhaps nearly all – of what we would hope from our leaders: Continue reading