Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Gaia’s Pain Ignored, Are Wiccans Too Self Involved To Notice

As earth worshiping Wiccans endlessly debate the nature of our community, the value of interfaith, and how to build sustainable community, something dramatic is happening to Gaia. Around the world the climate is changing in ways that will have profound consequences for our children and our grandchildren.

In a recent article in the Albuquerque Journal, scientists predict that New Mexico’s Pinion and Junipers may disappear in the next fifty years from drought and lack of rainfall. This means that the entire Rio Grande valley drainage will have even lower water levels than today’s meager flow. This begs the question; where will the water for drinking and irrigation come from in the future?

In the northeastern United States scientists are seeing reduced maple syrup production as temperatures rise.  Traditional production areas have poor production while further north maples are thriving in climates once toxic to them.

Wildfires are burning record acres throughout the west, south and northwest. States that have never seen large wildfires are experiencing increased fire damage. 

These are just three examples of the dramatic changes happening around the world. Unfortunately, some scientists believe that even if every U.S. resident adopted positive energy use habits there still may be no way to reverse the process. With countries like India and China producing excessive greenhouse gasses, with no end in sight, we may have already forfeited the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in Global Warming.

As Gaia takes this insult, our community would be well served in preparing our children for a much different world where both food and water have become scarce. For too long we, my self included, who profess to embrace and defend Gaia, have been involved in our own “issues” and have paid little attention to the coming changes that will affect the planet, our children and humanity as a whole.

Does the Wiccan community have value; yes we can band together and prepare our children for the future. Does interfaith have value; surly it represents the opportunity to work with other communities in addressing the coming changes.

It is up to us, will we continue act as if as our children will inherent the same world or will we acknowledge the painful truth that our ancestors and we have manifested a disaster of global proportions?

In Service to future Generations,

Peter Dybing
From the Fire Line


Mandy Thody said...

Couldn't agree more Peter - and taking the need for real action to it's logical conclusion - some actions and activism that result in definitive re-election for Obama (even though he is not the perfect idealized Green candidate, that option doesn't exist yet) would do the planet a great deal better right now than inertia.

Cosette Paneque said...

I'm curious about where this post is coming from. What makes you think that Wiccans are not involved with environmental causes? Most Pagans I know are great about treading lightly upon the Earth. What do you think that the Wiccan community could or should be doing specifically?

Gavin Andrew said...

Peter, I find it comforting (of sorts) to remember that Gaia has undergone greater changes to her climate in the past, and doubtless will again in the future. We can destroy ourselves - but we cannot destroy her. At most we will leave some interesting traces in the fossil records.

Indeed, we are on track to do so - global oil companies have about 28 trillion dollars of oil on their books right now that they have committed to extract and sell. It will take only about 12 trillion dollars worth of oil being consumed to take the climate into the 4-6 degree temperature-rise tipping point that scientists tell us represents an extinction-level event for humanity. The decision is between the world's wealthiest corporations writing off two-thirds of their asset-base, and the survival of the human race.

It is obvious what they have decided to do.

KaliSara said...

I actually think about this often. Are my children going to suffer for the ignorance of their parents' and grandparents' generation? What do we need to do to both stem the flow of climate change and prepare them for a different world?

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