Stating the obvious is sometimes remarkable.
John Pfahlert, Executive Officer, Petroleum Exploration and
Production Association NZ, wrote in the ODT recently that
"... despite the known impacts of climate change, demand for
fossil fuels continues to rise elsewhere in the world.
The challenges are therefore immense, but rather than blame
the suppliers of fossil fuels for the problem we need to make
choices both as individuals and societies which reduce
This is a huge admission, given his position, and a call to
action. He's right, and not just about the terrifying reality
of climate change. He's right that we all need to change our
behaviour, at every level - political, business, and
personal. (For example, oil companies could use their huge
resources to research safe energy sources, and the government
could promote shared transport instead of building more
We can use consumer and voter power to help companies and
politicians change behaviour, but it must be also be a lived,
Therefore, it was also heartening and timely to read Anthony
Harris' letter to the ODT, imagining that if St Francis were
alive today, he would urgently want to protect this planet's
In fact many faith-based communities are doing just that -
for example by taking the St Francis Pledge to Care for
Creation and the Poor.
We are all involved. All our children's futures are
threatened by our current behaviour. It's time we all took
responsibility, in everything we do.
Faith communities for climate change