Five Reasons the Climate Summit in Paris Is Important

There are many reasons the Climate Summit in Paris is important. Here are five:logo-cop-21-carr-

  1. The laws of physics wait for no one. GHG emissions continue to escalate and Earth is in a fever. We need a binding global agreement that will reduce GHG emissions to no more than 1.5 degree C.
  2. Poorer nations contribute the least to GHG emissions and suffer the most from climate changes. They do not have the funds nor technology to either adapt or mitigate the consequences of climate change.
  3. This is the time for ALL nations to adopt a “common but differentiated responsibility” platform that recognizes that some countries bear more responsibility for the climate changes than others. All must reduce; some must do more so than others.
  4. Small island nations are already experiencing rising
    sea-levels that are jeopardizing their existence. Other countries are also seeing massive hurricanes, fires, and drought. We cannot continue “business as usual”.
  5. As Dominican women of faith we are called to respond individually and communally; where we live and where we minister.  We are the ones we have been waiting for.

In the words of Pope Francis:

“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us? We need to see that what is at stake is our own dignity.”

About opreach

I am Sister Pat Farrell, OP, a Dominican Sister of San Rafael. We are known as the Order of Preachers, and the Dominican charism of Preaching is very real in my life. The words of St. Paul resonate within me: “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16) The quote on the header of OPreach is from the Dominican Saint Catherine of Siena. "Preach as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world." I live at St. Luke Convent - a House of Hospitality - in River Forest, Illinois with another sister. I enjoy walking, hiking, and photography. The Chicago area has some great places for all of that!
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