Prayer Update: Partisan Politics Blocks Non-Partisan Action On Non-Partisan Reality of Climate Change
The symptoms of a disrupted climate continue to stack up. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared June the hottest on record for the contiguous US, Arctic sea ice melts to lowest extent ever recorded, and a recent study documents that 90% of Australia’s West coast kelp forests died-off.
On the one hand, the Democratic presidential nominee and Party platform formally acknowledge the need for climate change action to address this unfolding reality. On the other, the Republican Party denies climate change’s human causes, finds ways to block government action such as defunding the Pentagon’s climate directive and fields a presumptive presidential nominee who waffles at best and dismisses climate change as a hoax at worst.
We need a miracle. Creation and the climate suffer greatly and together cry out for care.
Open all of our eyes to both the reality of the problem and the need to pursue healing action regardless of partisan affiliation.
Remove whatever filters, whether red, blue or some other shade that keep us from seeing your gift of creation and the climate crisis clearly. Unblock all of our ears that we may hear your call to tend and keep the garden. Unite us in care, concern and compassion for our neighbors, our climate and our common home. Amen.