A Stark Realization on Climate

As part of the Franciscan Family in Paris, Franciscan Action Network is proud to bring you blog postings from some of our delegates. These blogs will be written each day by a different delegate on the ground in Paris, attending #COP21 meetings, side events and the Franciscan Delegation Meetings.

The following reflection is by Jason Miller, FAN Director of Campaigns and Development


Often we think of climate change as something that will happen in the future. But today I was reminded that its a problem that is affecting many people as we speak.

At mass this morning, one of our group members, Fr. Nithiya asked that we pray for India, and especially southern India where he was from. There has been immense flooding in the region there, which I did not know about until he mentioned it. Later I learned that one of the biggest newspapers in India, “The Hindu” did not print an edition for the first time in 130 years due to the flooding. The workers could not access the printing press. The airport is inaccessible and many are without power after the worst rain in decades. Quite unbelievable for something that was not mentioned much in the US press, and that is clearly happening now due to climate change.

At the global village of climate friendly alternatives a piece of art depicting climate refugees fleeing from first world polluters.

At the global village of climate friendly alternatives a piece of art depicting climate refugees fleeing from first world polluters.

Later, as our group prayed in silence around a home made globe, I found myself looking right at India and again praying for its people. It was another stark reminder that while I live in the first world and am able to go to Paris to talk about climate change, there are many people around the world, many the poorest among us who are unable to escape the terrible effects of climate change. Southern India is one such place. And no doubt the number of places effected by climate change will grow, as will the number of climate refugees due mostly to the carbon produced by the first world. We are the problem and the least among us our suffering because of it.

Published in: on December 7, 2015 at 9:32 am  Comments (1)  

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  1. […] I first arrived in Paris, I realized that together the faith community can move mountains, and that climate change is not a future proposition, but something affecting our brothers and […]

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