"For all that is our life" by Rev. Andrew
(Read Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.)
We began our last day at Stony Point with a further discussion about GreenFaith itself, which is currently reorganizing on a global scale in order to more effectively address the climate crisis. Specifically, since we're completing our first year as Fellows, we talked about how GreenFaith can continue to support us and re-engage with previous classes of Fellows and activate environmentalists across the United States and around the world. With eleven years for us to make the systemic changes needed to get climate change under control and avoid catastrophe, there is a sense of urgency that needs to translate into widespread and forceful action.
Before heading our separate ways, we finished with an activity that I have heard of some Unitarian Universalist congregations doing. The Climate Ribbon is an art-based ritual, launched at the conclusion of the 2014 People's Climate March in New York, "to grieve what each of us stands to lose to climate chaos and affirm our solidarity as we unite to fight against it." GreenFaith's organizers had brought a piece of the Climate Ribbon installation from the 2015 UN Climate Summit in Paris, and we were invited to add to it. Each of us wrote on a length of ribbon the name of a place or a people at risk, as well as our own name, and then exchanged it with another ribbon so that we'd carry someone else's hope with us. I wrote "Newport News VA" on my ribbon, both for the health impacts of the coal held in the Southeast Community and for the effects of sea-level rise resulting from global warming thanks to the burning of that coal in Asia.