Goal#1: Response to the Cry of the Earth
(Greater use of clean renewable energy and reducing fossil fuels in order to achieve carbon neutrality, efforts to protect and promote biodiversity, guaranteeing access to clean water for all, etc.)
Reflection: With the extreme heat dome and raging fires in the Northern Pacific Regions of Canada and the United States at this early stage of summer 2021, the need to begin moving away from carbon producing fuels such as oil and gas has never been so evident. The Cry of the Earth is heard loud and clear as small communities disappear as a result of raging wild fires, heat related deaths climb and animal life losses in the billions are reported in the media.
Response: Ask yourself, what actions can I take to lower my carbon footprint?
Interfaith Climate Prayer: We Hold the Earth
We hold brothers and sisters who suffer from storms and droughts intensified by climate change.
We hold all species that suffer.
We hold world leaders delegated to make decisions for life.
We pray that the web of life may be mended through courageous actions to limit carbon emissions.
We pray for right actions for adaptation and mitigation to help our already suffering earth community.
We pray that love and wisdom might inspire my actions and our actions as communities. .so that we may, with integrity, look into the eyes of brothers and sisters and all beings and truthfully say, we are doing our part to care for them and the future of the children.
May love transform us and our world with new steps toward life. Amen. (https://www.faithclimateactionweek.org/prayers-and-climate-blessings/)
*Laudato Si’ Action Platform Seven Goals (https://www.laudatosi.org/laudato-si/laudato-si-goals/)