Highlights from the UN

Intergenerational Approach to Climate Change

 When attempting to combat climate change it is now more than ever necessary to foster collaboration amongst all generations.  On Wednesday the 12thof June, Medical Mission Sisters took part in the “We, The Climate Generation: Generations Together for Climate Justice” meeting held at The Salvation Army.  

The keynote speaker of this event was author and climate activist, Dr. Lorna Gold.  Not only did she explain the tremendous weight of the crisis that is climate change, but also she addressed the rising concern of intergenerational perspectives and actions that are essential in order to decrease the use of fossil fuels and ultimately, preserve our natural world.  As Dr. Gold adequately discussed in her presentation, in recent times the younger generation has been especially active in drawing the much need attention to environmental protection and the physical impacts of global warming. 

This powerful panel of environmental advocates represented a large array of different generational perspectives, all with the combined effort to reach climate justice and benefit the natural world. From Nydia Leaf, member of the Granny Peace Brigade, to Alexandria Villasenor, fourteen-year-old climate protester, the panel incorporated the voices of all generations and highlighted the importance of intergenerational collaboration when working to reduce our collective carbon footprint.  

What is this conversation made very clear is that ultimately, generations feel differently about the growing concerns of climate change but together we can have the greatest impact in finding sustainable solutions.  As the global carbon budget is quickly approaching its end, everyone must support each other in working to build a healthier and greener planet.  To ensure that our children and grandchildren will have access to the beautiful resources our earth has to offer, the time is now for all generations to take action and fight for climate justice!

World Oceans Day

In recognition of World Oceans Day on the 8thof June 2019, MMS attended an inspirational conference focusing on this year’s World Oceans Day theme of Gender and the Oceans.  

Focus on Faith: Planting & Nurturing the Seed of Climate Responsibility

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As a part of the UN’s celebration of World Environment Day, Medical Mission Sisters NGO participated in the “Focus on Faith: Planting & Nurturing the Seed of Climate Responsibility” conference on Thursday the 6thof June 2019. This powerful collection of panel speakers demonstrated the tremendous importance of broader connections within the religious and spiritual communities when combatting the global crisis of climate change. 

When taking a closer look at the intersection between religion and climate change it becomes especially critical that faith based organizations play an integral role in supporting both groups and individuals in their efforts to protect the environment.  Considering that 85% of the world identifies as religious, embracing the culturally significant traditions that the majority of populations incorporate into their lives is necessary and worthwhile in creating the collective force to protect our shared natural world.  The greater impacts of climate on life underscore the extreme importance of this challenge and its need for a response from the faith based community. 

The various influential speakers at this event provided numerous examples of the ways in which collaboration between faith and environmental protection can be beneficial to the most vulnerable populations around the world. Felipe Queipo spoke eloquently on the power of accomplishing our climate goals from the multilateral approach, by bringing into the conversation the millions of faith based individuals and organizations, and their capacity to help those in need.  

Karenna Gore highlighted the dynamic relationship between both religious and spiritual leaders, in addition to scientists and economist when working towards bettering our planet and ecosystems.  In grappling with the illusion of separation between humanity and nature, she urges everyone to consider the moral responsibilities we share in taking care of the earth and resisting climate change.  In dealing with the ecological grief in the present moment of the climate crisis, the religious and spiritual communities across the globe are making countless essential contributions in improving environmental situations and relieving the suffering that is caused by climate change.