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Lighting the Way to Climate Action

Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto joined hundreds of people at Queen’s Park on November 19 in solidarity of a national day of action against climate change. The Lighting the Way to Climate Action march was an inter-generational celebration with people of every age — little ones in strollers up to seniors using walkers. Inspirational speakers motivated the crowd. Particularly moving were the voices of aboriginal women describing how their communities are being affected by global warming. 
 
As dusk fell, participants turned on their individual lights — flashlights, cell phones and other sources. Singing, chanting and marching to the beat of Aboriginal drummers, participants joined hands and together formed a beautiful spiral of dancing lights in the darkness — a single and intentional pattern expressing one heart and mind, truly lighting the way to climate action.  It was a powerful sign of hope and joy.
 
Around the globe, thousands of people raised a unified voice demanding that world leaders meeting in Paris these next two weeks sign a binding international agreement to decrease greenhouse gases for the sake of the common good of the planet.
 
As excerpted from a prayer inspired by Thomas Berry and written by the Odyssey Fellows 2015 from Pickards Mountain Eco-Institute in Chapel Hill, N.C.: We pray that they will, “… hold the vision of birthing a new season of life for earth in this perilous time… a future of unpolluted waters and breathable air and all species living harmoniously as one sacred earth community for all generations.” 

By Sister Janet Speth

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