Care of the Earth: Our Challenge

Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
The 50th Anniversary seems an excellent moment to listen to the voices of our young people. Whether the voice of Greta Thunberg or the voice of Amanda Gorman, the Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, we are being called forward to act on behlaf of our common home for the sake of our children and their children and their children. Are we listening?
In our current physical isolation we have the time to listen to the voice of Amanda Gorman as she tells us in her poem, Earthrise, that we are all called to protect this world. 

Just as we chose to go to the moon 
We know it’s never too soon
To choose hope.
We choose to do more than cope 
With climate change 
We choose to end it—
We refuse to lose.
Together we do this and more
Not because it’s very easy or nice
But because it is necessary,
Because with every dawn we carry
the weight of the fate of this celestial body orbiting a star. 
And as heavy as that weight sounded, it doesn’t hold us down, 
But it keeps us grounded, steady, ready, 
Because an environmental movement of this size 
Is simply another form of an earthrise. 

Are we listening?
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