Filed under: Art + Religion, Energy + Climate | Tags: Catholic Coalition on Climate Change, CEP, climate change, green initiatives
During the two days we spent together in class there was a constant theme being echoed by my classmates which was; they were tired of hearing that green initiatives only matter if they will also reduce cost. I thought to myself, “Well what else is there, money makes the world go round.” Through my interviews and research for the CEP project I have found that there is something else that for many can be just as powerful if not more powerful than money and that is faith. The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change provides three reasons why their church is asking them to take action to reduce climate change. The reasons are related to thier faith and beleif in God not money.
During an interview I asked the interviewee “What does Christianity call Christians to do on the issue of Climate Change?” The interviewee’s response was that this question reminded her of an Anne Frank quote, “The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be.” Anne Frank was a Jewish girl that hid from Nazis in an attic for two years and wasn’t able to go outside as she pleased. This quote really made me feel something in the pit of my stomach. While money may be what is driving most of us to make changes to reduce climate change today, I’m praying that someday in the future we don’t find ourselves in a irreversible situation that no amount of money can fix.
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