We’ve got to do better

It seems like the severe winter weather has hit half of North America this weekend. My home in Nova Scotia is a sheet of ice right now and just across the Northumberland Strait, in PEI, cars are buried under 2 storeys of snow (just check out the image below–it’s like you can walk across the water to PEI).

Now, as a born-and-raised Northern Ontario boy, I love the snow. And winter is my favourite season—always has been, with the skiing, skating, sledding, snowboarding… it’s wonderful. But this weekend has just been too extreme, even for me. Don’t get me wrong—I’m loving the snow right now. But I’m also worried about what it means for the future of the planet. The recent terrible weather is merely one of many symptoms of climate change. And as we all crank up the heat in our homes, we’re merely adding to the problem. We’ve got to do better.

As a leader in children’s and youth ministry, I wonder what the future holds for the young people in our congregations—and those who aren’t part of our churches. I have three nieces and nephews under the age of 2, and it’s likely that all of them will be alive for the turn of the next century. But what will that world look like? What state will the planet be in in 85 years? We’ve got to do better.

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