We are one Earth and one human family.
Over the past month, knowing that this is a time of extraordinary concern for the environment, local faith communities have been planning multi-faith vigils for the first 100 hours of the new administration. At these vigils, people of different faiths will pray for the Earth and for a safe and secure future for our children and for all people.
Find a vigil near you.
Over 50 vigils will be linked to each other and dozens of other actions nationwide under the banner of the People’s Climate Movement, a coalition of environmental, labor, environmental and racial justice, faith, student and other organizations.
We hope that you will join us in lifting up the reality that climate change is not just an environmental concern. Climate change endangers peoples’ health and safety through extreme weather and air pollution, particularly communities of color and poor communities.
Climate change impacts workers, as industries and communities heavily reliant on fossil fuel-related jobs are inevitably impacted and deserve a just transition. It impacts rural communities because of droughts and heat waves.
Whether it is urban children breathing dirty air and suffering from oppressive summer heat, rural communities struggling with extended droughts, displaced workers, or coastal communities made homeless by storms and rising seas, climate change is a massive threat. By joining a vigil, we can contemplate this suffering, lift up hope and care for our Earth, and prepare ourselves for action.
No vigil near you? Offer a prayer in a weekend service or begin a meeting with contemplation and prayer for the Earth. Here are some ideas on what you can do in your congregation. Whatever you do, I’d love to hear about it.
There is no better way to inaugurate this new time of challenge for our common home – joined in shared prayer. I hope you’ll join a vigil and offer a prayer.
And then, get ready for action.
Rev. Fletcher Harper
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