Laurence Freeman Newsletter (Nov 2018). “the great teachers in our tradition all call us to see that contemplation is seeing and so that the contemplative response to the challenges of our time is the best contribution we can make can make to go forward with hope.”
This year WCCM Australia has become a member of ARRCC- Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. ARRCC is a multi-faith, member-based organisation of people from around Australia who are committed to taking action on climate change, bringing together representatives from all the major faith traditions to work together in addressing climate change. See website above.
As governments, environmentalists, scientists around the world are declaring that we are facing a climate emergency and calling for action, a programme, Living the Change, which ARRC is engaging in with a global interfaith community, seems an outreach we can all engage in at a grassroots level bringing to it our contemplative dimension. Living the Change was initiated at the UN Climate Conference in 2017 by the US-based multi-faith organization, GreenFaith, an interfaith organization whose mission is to educate, organize and mobilise people of diverse faiths to become environmental leaders.
“Living the Change: faithful choices for a flourishing world” is a globally-connected community of religious and spiritual institutions working together with sustainable consumption experts to foster sustainable ways of life. The website above
Several of our meditation groups are now trialling “Living the Change conversations” as part of our contemplative outreach in this critical area. If you have meditation groups, or possible contemplative outreach areas, you might be interested to participate in offering these conversations, as a contribution from our contemplative community to raise consciousness around the challenges we face. Details can be obtained from email@example.com
As part of the WCCM Meditatio Outreach Australia has made a significant contribution since our 2016 Seminar in Sydney and we welcome input from any of our WCCM Aust. events relating meditation and environment.
Past Australian related events are archived on this blog-spot. and global events can be viewed at http://www.meditatio.co.uk/environment/
Contact for WCCM Australia Meditation and the Environment:
The language around climate change is changing….now increasingly described as a “climate emergency”. Recently (May 2019) parliaments in UK and Ireland, soon followed by Canada, declared ‘climate emergencies,’ as did numerous local governments, UN climate experts, environment scientists, school activists and movements such as Extinction Rebellion, and Live the Change (Green Faith). Leaders such as Mary Robinson call for renaming the crisis as ‘Climate Justice’ to also view it as a human rights issue.
How can we reach a tipping point in the politics of climate change? How do we reach a tipping point in consciousness to bring this about? (See Fr. Laurence’s section in “Tipping Points for a Precarious Future”).
How can we as a global contemplative community contribute more to this change? A new individual contemplative consciousness of our interconnectedness, of our utter dependence on the natural world and a new collective consciousness is needed.
Action is slow ….opinion divided as to whether it is an economic or a moral issue; whether it is real. There is a lack of political leadership in many countries, lack of trust in scientific expertise, and a reversion to nostalgia for past identities. However, there also an increasingly urgent call for new conversations to address what is a common challenge as we face a new narrative of our future, and for mobilized action with others, not against them.
This is now an issue requiring and calling forth conversations between different fields of expertise all impacted by the effects of climate change and the need for urgent action- psychology, behavioural sciences, physical sciences, economics, business, social justice and education.