The Temple of Understanding is working locally as well as internationally. Both Executive Director Alison Van Dyk and Representative to the U.N. Grove Harris are participating in the Faith Communities Environmental Network (FCEN), located near their homes on the Cape and Vineyard. This network is part of the larger Cape Cod Climate Change Collaborative.
The FCEN is organizing events such as the October 26 Faith & Science Forum at St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Chatham. A complete set of videos of the event is available on their website.
The Religious Declaration of Unprecedented Human Emergency clarifies two essential facts: humanity has an extremely short window of time in which to avert irreversible climate chaos, and religions around the world consider protecting God’s Creation a moral and spiritual imperative.
Julian Cyr, State Senator for Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket suggested that LGBTQ organizing holds lessons for how to dramatically shorten the arc of justice and let us meet the emergency with significant action now and in the next 10 years. We need to rise to this occasion faster than the civil rights and feminist movements of the 60s and 70s.
Massachusetts Cape and Islands are vulnerable coastal areas, and some towns are very seriously mapping that vulnerability and assessing risk, poised to deliver leadership to the area, the state and beyond.