Marching with pride and determination


Marching for Climate Change: John Englart (Takver)
Marching for Climate Change: John Englart (Takver)

As all eyes rest on the UN summit on Climate Change in Paris this week (COP21), Jesuit Missions is gearing up to join its voice with thousands of others by marching in London today in support of a climate change deal.

The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs kicks off in major cities in the UK and around the world. It’s not only a call to us to take action; it’s an unequivocal challenge to policy makers and governments, to say that binding laws limited greenhouse emissions must be created now.

The prospect of reaching a novel deal like this comes in the midst of a year which has broken a few records. Most significantly, this year average global temperatures reached 1C, just half way to the 2C temperature scientists warn is the limit for our earth to take.

The People’s March is looking to break a record of its own – with an estimated 200,000 people set to attend; it has already been termed “the biggest global march in history”. Given the cancellation of Paris’ own march, and the current sentiment of fear and ignorance present in our world, Jesuit Missions is proud to lend its voice to a global movement for true and binding change.

This is certainly something characteristic of the Jesuits. Thinking back to the times of Fr Gerry Lorriman SJ in South Africa during Apartheid, or more recently, Frs Paolo Dall'Oglio and Jacques Mourad in Syria, they were stirred by a call to action.

We indeed, need to put our mandate to protect “our common home” into action. We are lucky to have a current Pope who is not only a Jesuit, but a champion of the environment and as we at Jesuit Missions ponder the violence of his words in Laudato Si, it’s impossible to feel untouched and unaddressed. 

Today we will march with thousands of other people in pride and determination. Carrying the voices of those who can’t attend or have much at stake in the changes undergoing our world.

“Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start….” (Pope Francis: Laudato Si 205)

Sam Aidoo, Jesuit Missions