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BY KATHRYN BERG

September 15, 2020


Just Faith: Reclaiming Progressive Christianity, the new book by The Resistance Prays founder Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons, comes out TODAY! Learn more here.
Glaciers are breaking up in the Antarctic.
From The Washington Post: Two enormous Antarctic glaciers are breaking free from their icy restraints, increasing the threat of large-scale sea-level rise.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you,
or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;
or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,
 or let the fish in the sea inform you.” - Job 12:7-8
Even as the entire West Coast is aflame, with toxic smoke affecting every living thing within hundreds of miles, warming temperatures erode the protective ice that surrounds two major glaciers at the bottom of the planet. Scientists have long been watching the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers, which have already contributed about 5% of global sea-level rise. The survival of the Thwaites glacier is considered critical, as its loss could trigger the broader collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which contains enough ice to eventually raise sea level 10 feet.
 
New satellite images show that a natural buffer system of ice that surrounds and protects each glacier, called the “shear margin,” appears to be breaking down much more rapidly than anticipated. As the shear margins deteriorate, the glaciers themselves flow outward faster, potentially releasing much more ice into the ocean. Because the sea-level consequences could be enormous, the United States and Britain have launched a multimillion-dollar research mission to the Thwaites glacier, but as one researcher put it, “This damage is difficult to heal.”
 
All this, while President Trump finally visited fire-ravaged California, where he again denied that climate change is contributing to environmental catastrophe. The earth is indeed trying to teach us, with threats of fire and ice, and our votes this November will determine whether we heed its lesson. The choice could not be more stark: Trump has rolled back over 70 environmental regulations (with 30 more underway) and he mocks climate change as a hoax. Joe Biden has flagged climate change as one of the central threats facing the nation and has announced a $2 trillion plan to combat climate change and environmental racism. In my lifetime, the obligation to vote has never felt more sacred.
There are countless organizations working to fight climate change and achieve environmental justice. Find one near you, and donate your time and treasure as you can. Contact five like-minded friends, and encourage them to make a plan to vote early.
Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.
(A Ute prayer)
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