Robert Walz is passionate about addressing the problem of global warming. The coordinator of justice and outreach at Guardian Angels in Oakdale is among faith leaders — Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim — around the country promoting this weekend’s National Preach-In on Global Warming.
Sponsored by Interfaith Power & Light, the preach-in Feb. 11-13 encourages faith groups to consider the challenges of climate change from a spiritual perspective and take local action to address the issue in their communities.
In other words, this Valentine’s Day weekend is a good opportunity to think about giving the earth a little extra love. And, alas, this year’s cold winter doesn’t negate the bigger warming trend we continue to see over time.
“This weekend we have several PowerPoint slides that will be shown before Mass on global warming,” Walz said. “All three presiders have received homiletic notes on the global warming preach-in and hopefully will include this topic in their respective homilies.”
Guardian Angels also plans to recruit new members in March for its Stewards of the Earth Ministry, an ongoing ministry that promotes care of God’s creation, he said. The ministry has sponsored workshops and forums on global warming and other issues. It also promotes conservation and good environmental stewardship, including the use of organic gardening methods for the parish’s food shelf garden.
Climate change is a moral issue that has negative implications for human life and the natural world. Walz says:
“Global warming is not a theory; it is a fact. The cause of global warming is the subject of debates — is it cyclical or the result of human activity? The scientific consensus is that it is because of human activity. The majority of scientists hold that it could have catastrophic consequences on climate, food, water and a differential impact on developing countries without the wealth to pay for its consequences.
“While most of this is speculative, the church teaches us that we should act prudently — that is, rather than argue the issue, we should take steps to reduce carbon emissions, otherwise there is the likelihood (not certitude) that it will have bad consequences.”
Catholics interested in learning more about the issue and the church’s views can visit the website of The Catholic Coalition on Climate Change or view this video produced a few years ago: