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My Turn: Let the Earth move you

e_SDLqThis land is your land, this land is my land

From California, to the New York Island

From the redwood forest, to the Gulf Stream waters

This land was made for you and me.”

Woody Guthrie wrote these lyrics nearly three-quarters of a century ago in 1940. “This Land is Your Land” has become one of America’s favorite folk songs and for good reason. The song speaks to the glorious vision of a land made for everyone.

Guthrie’s hope for our future is all but lost to everyone given our headlong rush into climate degradation threatens the planet we all live on. The negative impacts of our national and international addiction to fossil fuels and consumerism is way more than a scientific, economic and political challenge; it is a moral, ethical, and spiritual crisis for anyone who cares about our environment.

Jenny Tufts gets it right in her April 16 My Turn piece. “Things are bad in our ecosystem and getting worse,” she writes. “Much as I would love to stick my head in the sand and hope for the best, it is no longer an option. The only hope is to respond collectively with every ounce of spirit and every resource we have at our disposal.”

Motivated by “the call to be a good steward of the earth as God’s creation,” Tufts reminds her readers of the UCC Mission “4/1 Earth” which proclaims a return to God and earth-centered sharing, a state of consciousness in which all plants and bugs and predatory creatures are necessary and equal and that she personally has “no choice but to get back on the front lines as pastors stand with movie stars and politicians risking arrest in order to stop a risky natural gas pipeline.”

Another response to our environmental crisis will come in an ecumenical festival — “Climate Revival” — created to celebrate the earth and embolden the renewal of creation. “Climate Revival” will take place in Boston on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Clergy from many denominations will gather from all over New England to encourage and inspire people of all faiths to take action on climate change.

I urge anyone who cares about the world we live in, their children and their grandchildren to make the trip to Boston. “Climate Revival will be an historic moment, an opportunity for people of all faiths to come together to demonstrate their commitment to protect God’s creation — Mother Earth. The event is free and open to the public.

“Climate Revival” will begin on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Boston’s historic Old South Church on Boylston Street, very close to the site of the unspeakable assault to innocent civilians that occurred on Patriot’s Day. On this day, however, there will be an opportunity to celebrate the splendor of creation and to mourn its desecration.

An informational fair beginning at 11:30 will feature a round table discussion moderated by Wen Stephenson, journalist, editor, and climate activist. Among those participating from afar via recorded video will be Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and Bill McKibben, noted activist, author and founder of the grassroots campaign 350.org. Attendees are invited to bring a brown bag lunch to this session.

At 1:15, bagpipers will lead a procession to Trinity Church for a closing worship service to be followed by a Climate Justice Rally. Isn’t it time to verify that “this land was made for you and me?”

For complete details go to www.macucc.org/climaterevival.

John Bos lives in Shelburne Falls and may be contacted at john01370@gmail.com. He has two remaining spaces in his car for those wishing to attend the “Climate Revival” event.

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