New Paths - Caring for All of Creation

Nancy Blair, Dartmouth, NS

We are in a time of great uncertainty. We are seeing situations clearly, such as how we care for the elderly, that we want to do differently in the future, more compassionately. Amidst the fear and anxiety, uncertainty, confusion and grief, we are seeing great courage.  We are seeing opportunities and new paths - new paths, new ways of living in this world that ensure that we are loving and caring for all of creation, and becoming more human. I have been ‘collecting’ articles since January or this years. In the following articles, you see stories about people who are fighting for a ‘new normal’, where there is climate justice and when humans take their role as protectors of creation.

We are in covid time, but we are also is a climate emergency. We need to learn and adapt - quickly.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/the-coronavirus-is-a-preview-of-our-climate-change-future.html

We must question our ‘need’ for economic growth as we move towards sustainable development.

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/24/economic-crisis-degrowth-green-new-deal?fbclid=IwAR1v7syUIGnIR85ect3X-5razmhxhTCgLB4a5bgW9KLOwGgcqtt6Kk_Sm_Q

Take a look at the covid time as a ‘Thin place” in Celtic spirituality. 

https://greenpreacherblog.com/2020/04/15/covid-19-and-the-thin-place/?fbclid=IwAR2sqV_o4tMSGWAVqseuBpAJzwjpdKvVZ_dH6Rjxf2M0KW98IRzcAXvzZs0

Dr. Jane Goodall’s message is clear, we must change our relationship with wildlife, and there is hope that we can heal some of the harm that we have done.

https://www.newbig5.com/jane-goodall-interview/?fbclid=IwAR0SL2ADO465goozafTz26P_bH4xhV5uRZUuzjWh76CltgC4ii4WjzPTQ3E

We need to rethink our relationship with wildlife - for the sake of humans and all those creations we share this planet with.

https://slate.com/technology/2020/04/jane-goodall-coronavirus-species.html?fbclid=IwAR0nDAs4HfSffQPjvtj3q56w0sl9sKRc-H8mQrsyxOTLoJUtcUQyJ7BRWKo

The Dalai Lama’s message is that prayer is not we enough - we need compassion.

https://time.com/5820613/dalai-lama-coronavirus-compassion/

David Suzuki says that the pandemic provides the opportunity to transform how we live.

https://www.cbc.ca/documentaries/the-nature-of-things/the-covid-19-pandemic-may-be-an-opportunity-to-transform-the-way-we-live-1.5512241?cmp=newsletter_CBC%20Docs_865_12774

The Pope says that the Corona virus is not a punishment but a call to live differently.

https://www.ncronline.org/news/vatican/covid-19-not-gods-judgment-call-live-differently-pope-says?fbclid=IwAR0tPX2Gk-Wl1qSxcnhGPdqQx_PO9KvPbBsmrUX2pQbwsyjSYuWArPCx9lg

Christians are called to look at how we live.

https://www.osvnews.com/2020/03/13/christians-and-the-coronavirus-prepare-to-lose/?fbclid=IwAR1gUag7pTeooNeDKW3O1lqyz-KPtDU5xy6oqv75CNeW8b07Fs6t0I6Bt4o

The Pandemic may usher in the end of the ‘throw away’ culture.

https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-51825089?fbclid=IwAR07t01VwtbtI-lsMTxa-6CZAd7b4cVgP1gpHS4D9D8eFg7GTrxd6CYo3C0

The global corona virus response shows that we can solve climate change.

https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-response-proves-the-world-can-act-on-climate-change-133999

The economic crisis could assist in the move to renewable energy.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/cbc-news-poll-energy-transition-support-1.5533036