Why Riverside Church Supports the April 29 March on Washington for Climate, Jobs & Justice

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Author: Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister, The Riverside Church
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On Easter Sunday the temperature was approaching 90 degrees, which is a nice reminder that summer is on the way. But this week was also yet one more on a list of weeks with 50 degree temperature changes in our city this year, occurrences that make  us look at each other with concern, shaking our heads and commenting, “Climate  Change!”
Anybody  who is paying attention should be worried about the very real threat of climate change, but action on critical environmental issues is often set aside because of perceived immediate crisis: war breaking out on the international stage, racial injustice and inequality decimating our streets at home, threats of mass deportation, a growing healthcare crisis. With all of these vying for our attention, attending to the earth hardly seems high on the priority list.
But particularly on this Earth Day, it is critical we recognize that we will continue to fail in nearly all of our endeavors to build a more peaceful and sustainable world as long as we ignore the urgent climate crisis.
This is why members of The Riverside Church will be participating in the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. on April 29 and why we will be raising up care for creation as a matter of faith and justice in our Sunday worship service the day after Earth Day. Anyone in our wider-community is welcome to join us. And we aren’t stopping there. Next week we will announce major initiatives we are undertaking as an institution to responsibly steward creation.
Were we to even catch a glimpse of the parameters of our worldwide climate crisis, surely its magnitude would shake us out of our complacency and spur us toward action. But whatever it takes, something must compel us to act before it’s too late for us all.

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