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Letter to the Editor: Helping Humanity Survive

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” 

— His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Climate Vulnerable Forum is a group of developing countries from places such as Africa, Asia and the Pacific that are highly threatened by climate impacts. The 48 member nations, representing 1.2 billion people, are responsible for only 5% of global emissions. 

They make the plea that they’re running out of time, and they’re calling on world leaders at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, currently taking place in Glasgow, Scotland, to act with the urgency this crisis demands.

In her book released this fall, Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World, Dr. Katharine Hayhoe explains that she chose her profession because she is a Christian who cares deeply that climate change affects food and water security and is pushing more of the world’s most vulnerable people into poverty. She believes that we must care for those who are suffering.

Consequently, let’s heed the words of climate journalist and activist Bill McKibben, who, during a 2013 guest sermon at Riverside Church in New York City, asserted: “Our goal must be to make real the Gospel, with its injunction to love our neighbors. Not to drown them, not to sicken them, not to make it impossible for them to grow crops. But to love them.”

Terry Hansen

Hales Corners, Wisconsin