Mike Deeb o.p., representative of the Dominican Order in the United Nations, wants to ask as many members of the Dominican family as possible, to come to the big climate conference which will take place at the beginning of December 2015 in Paris. “May our preaching be benificial for the planet!”
Mike Deeb calls the coming U.N summit about climate change crucial. It is from 30 November to 11 of December. ‘After years of disappointments it is hoped that the negotiations will lead this year to an honest, ambitious and legally binding pact about reducing greenhouse gases, in order to limit global warming’.
Climate change is the greatest threat to life on Earth. 97% of scientists are convinced that the rapid changes we are experiencing now, come about through human behaviour.
Pope Francis wrote in his encyclical Laudato Si (23-26), that a binding international pact is of major importance. ‘Everyone who worries should use this opportunity to put pressure on heads of government to focus on the importance of the entire planet’, writes Deeb.
However, it is not only a matter of those few days: a broad coalitian of many people and organisations who serve the same purpose is needed, declares the Dominican U.N. representative. ‘We feel we have to play a role as Dominicans through our worldwide network and institutions’. Climate change is not only an environmental or economic issue. It is also a spiritual and ethical issue, as the Pope has shown profoundly.
Deeb asks us to share his call with all friars, Sisters and lay Dominicans. Those who want to cooperate can contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org. Contributions are also welcome in the form of financial support for travel and accommodation expenses for Dominicans, or by participating in the great demonstrations on 28 November and 13 December.