The unseasonable snow has me thinking about our climate. These days, people seem mostly not to use the term “Global Warming” when talking about Climate Change. That makes sense to me on a snowy April 16! The world is clearly experiencing a dramatic warming trend. But as one author I read a few years ago argued, we don’t only experience warmer weather. We experience weirder weather. Instead of Global Warming, he suggested the phrase “Global Weirding.”
It is probably just as well that Global Weirding didn’t catch on! But today’s weird weather does make me pause to reflect on the legacy my generation is leaving for our children. I have sometimes joked with my sons that I am leaving them a world and a nation mired in debt and environmental degradation. The joke isn’t funny.
Recently Carrie and I watched an episode of the second season of the BBC’s Planet Earth. Our episode was about life on islands around the world. As always, the program was beautifully filmed and fun to watch. They make nature interesting and funny. At least in the episode we watched, the program said little about climate change and rising sea levels. But the issue was constantly in the background. Among other factoids, it noted that something like 80% of the species that have recently gone extinct lived on islands. They have nowhere to go when the temperature or water patterns change, or when seas rise. So they die out, a part of God’s creation gone, thanks in part to human irresponsibility.
I often feel helpless in the face of global challenges. That is how I feel today. But I can offer my lament. And I can repent and pray. And, for the sake of my children if for no other reason, I can try to live a little more responsibly myself, and invite others to do the same. May God help us all to do a little better.