As missionaries of thanksgiving, we contemplate the beauty and the wonder of nature, and invite others to praise the Creator with us.We pledge to care for and protect Mother Earth for our own sake and that of future generations. This was the commit- ment of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception at their 14th General Chapter in 2015. This commitment is in line with Iroquois culture. Because, in this culture, it is important to have not only the present in view but also the generations to come, even those whose faces are still below the surface of the earth.
Taking into account the events that have marked the world in 2021—energy crisis, natural disasters in countries south and north, killings, south- to-north migratory crisis—it is difficult to deny that the rise in temperatures on a global scale is not the cause of these events. As the United Nations have pointed out, climate change is one of the greatest threats to human rights in our generation. It poses a serious risk to the basic rights to life, health, food and an adequate standard of living for people and communities around the world. Yet, we refuse to reverse this trend.The resources available now are being used disproportionately...
By Maurice Demers
In an article titled, When Climate Forces People to Leave Everything, published on radio-canada.ca on October 25, 2021, we learn that, accordinf to the latest report of the Internal.
Displacement Monitoring Center (IDMC), a reference organization linked to the Norwegian Refugee Council, 30.7 million people were dis- placed by climate-related disasters in 2020, which in the jargon is called hydro-meteorological haz- ards (hurricanes, floods, droughts, forest fires, etc.). This is roughly three times the number of citizens displaced by war and violence in the same year, which IDMC estimates at 9.8 million people. [...] But this figure of 30 million does not tell the whole story, says François Gemenne.To this, we must add all the people who are forced to move because of climatic impacts that take place more slowly, such as the degradation of land, the rising sea levels, the gradual disappearance of forests, etc.
There is no doubt that we are facing an eco- logical crisis of the utmost importance that risks having dramatic consequences for the future of humanity on this planet. Pope Francis has spoken out on this issue in the encyclical Laudato si’. The reception of this encyclical by environmental groups has been very positive, in contrast to the more mixed reactions of right- wing groups who do not want to endorse the role of human beings in global warming, nor want to acknowledge the responsibility of the biggest polluters toward the less fortunate of this planet who are the first victims.[…]
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