12th November 2022
At COP27 it is Adaptation and Agriculture Day.
We stand at a tipping point, O God,
teetering between life and death:
Shall we fall or rise?
Shall we retreat into our shells, bury our heads in the sand:
Or shall we step forth into a new age of sustainability?
Shall we ignore the science, hide ourselves in the trappings of consumerism:
Or shall we openly embrace renewable lifestyles?
Shall we pointlessly mourn the loss of polar bears and elephants, bees and butterflies:
Or shall we live our lives so that all may live?
Shall we fly to the ends of the earth while ice sheets melt:
Or value the future by enjoying what is local?
Shall we disregard floods and droughts, storms and heat waves, as seasonal blips:
Or acknowledge them as already-present signs of climate change?
Shall we close our ears to cries of help from farmers and islanders as their lands disappear:
Or shall we join voices in calling for justice?
Prompt us and urge us, encourage and propel us,
to now change our life styles so that all may have life and live!