Climate Change

Climate change is a reality that is ignored to our peril

We of the twenty-first century have given ourselves over to consuming addictions more than any time in history. Even a casual look at how we live our lives makes it abundantly clear that we are so caught up in our addictions that we can’t even begin to notice that our world is on the brink of disaster. Scientists have been telling us for years that our over use of fossil fuels has been having a negative effect on our planet. Climate change is a fact, yet we’re so addicted to over consumption that we even look at the scientific facts in a selective way, finding ways to deny the inevitable. We’ve managed to politicize an issue that should have united us, all because we want to continue to our foolish abandonment.

Marine scientists know that the carbon dioxide that has been spewing into the air, has been sinking into our oceans. The result is the devastation of sensitive coral reefs, caused by the warming of ocean temperatures. We’re now seeing increased movement of non-native species into ecosystems that are foreign to them and we are on the brink of mass extinctions of ocean life that have not been seen in thousands of years. Much of the world’s population depends on food from these oceans and the depletion of whole species promises to deplete much of our world’s food supply. We’re not talking about a hundred years, but tens of years.

Because of our addictions to having it all, we’ve put our collective heads in the sand, pretending that all is going to be just fine. We are a technologically advanced race that can take care of any eventuality, we tell ourselves. The fact that we are seeing record breaking storms, floods, droughts, fires, and increasingly erratic weather patterns, seems too frightening to even contemplate. Our oceans are rising with the melting of the great ice caps and we are denying the reality of global warming. By telling ourselves we are just in a natural climatic change we dismiss any personal responsibility. We live in denial much like the alcoholic who has just been confronted by his family.

As a race we have turned our backs on God. We’ve adopted “abundance and prosperity” theologies that have led us to believe that God wants us to exploit the planet, and have put our priorities in the wrong place. We leave simple, ecologically sound, living to those losers who can’t afford a good life. Meanwhile we fiddle like the grasshopper of the childhood story, all the while running out of time.

We ignore, in our pride and arrogance, a clear message. God has called us to repentance, for our planet is spewing us up like so much vomit. Our sin of over consumption, and greed, has led us to forget that God anointed us to be good stewards of the earth. We’ve been worshiping the false gods of prosperity, gluttony and consumption, while ignoring the invitation of our Creator to place our hearts and minds at His disposal.

“It is the sign of an infantile mind not to care for oneself with the resources that are available, but rather to partake of something clearly and undeniably harmful while trusting in unseen hopes (Saint Basil the Great).”

It is time we put all political and religious differences aside, face up to the catastrophe that is already upon us, and reverse, as much as possible at this eleventh hour, the destruction we have inflicted upon our planet. Although there have always been cycles of climate change, the current warming trend is of particular significance because most of it is very likely human-induced and proceeding at a rate that is unprecedented in the past 1,300 years. We must stop our abusive living, and demand our government enact laws that greatly reduce carbon dioxide emissions. We must reduce our dependence on beef, and other animal products. We must learn to ration our water supplies, and live, collectively, lives that are not ruled by consumerism. If we don’t act now, we, as a species, are doomed.

The important thing to remember is that we are talking about “climate change”. “Global warming” was the title given it by the media, early on, and it stuck. The terrible winters in the Midwest do not mean global warming is not happening, but simply that the whole of the world’s climate is changing rapidly. The vast majority of scientists have been warning us about this for a very long time, but some Christians, and some politicians, have turned this warning into some kind of vast conspiracy, which it is not. The evidence is clear, and the impact climate change is having on the whole of the world promises famine and destruction the world over. We don’t have time to sit around and debate this. We have to act NOW!

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Monday November 16, 2020 / November 3, 2020
24th Week after Pentecost. Tone six.
Martyrs Acepsimas the Bishop, Joseph the Presbyter, and Aeithalasthe Deacon, of Persia (376).
Dedication of the Church of the Great-martyr George in Lydda (4th c.).
New Hieromartyr Nicholas and Martyr Paul (1918).
New Hieromartyrs Basil, Peter, Basil, Alexander, Vladimir, Sergius, Nicholas, Vicentius, John, Peter, Alexander, Paul, Cosmas priests and Simeon deacon (1937).
Virgin-martyr Evdokia (1938).
New Hieromartyr Sergius deacon (1942).
Martyrs Atticus, Agapius, Eudoxius, Carterius, Istucarius (Styrax), Pactobius (Tobias), and Nictopolion, at Sebaste (320).
Venerable Acepsimas, hermit of Cyrrhus in Syria (4th c.).
St. Snandulia of Persia (380).
Venerable Anna, daughter of Prince Vsevolod I Yaroslavich (1112).
Venerable Elias of Egypt.
St. Achaemonides, (or Hormisdas), confessor, of Persia (4th).
St. Winifred of Treffynon (Holywell), N. Wales, (630) (Celtic & British).
Translation of the relics of St. Edith, nun of Wilton.
St. Theodore, confessor, bishop of Ancyra (8-9th c.) (Greek).
New Martyr Hieromonk George of Neopolis, Asia Minor (1797) (Greek).
Martyrs Dacius, Severus, Andronas, Theodotus, and Theodota (Greek).
St. Hubert of Maastricht (727) (Neth.).
Venerable Nicholas, Radiant Star of the Georgians (1308) (Georgia).
St. Pimen of Zographou, Mt. Athos (16th-17th c.).
The Meeting (1196) of St. Sava (1235) and St. Symeon the Myrrh-gusher (1200) of Serbia at Vatopedi, Mt. Athos.
St. Pirmin, bishop and monastic founder (753) (Germany).

The Scripture Readings

1 Thessalonians 2:20-3:8

20 For you are our glory and joy.

Concern for Their Faith

3 Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone, 2 and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith, 3 that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this. 4 For, in fact, we told you before when we were with you that we would suffer tribulation, just as it happened, and you know. 5 For this reason, when I could no longer endure it, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor might be in vain.

Encouraged by Timothy

6 But now that Timothy has come to us from you, and brought us good news of your faith and love, and that you always have good remembrance of us, greatly desiring to see us, as we also to see you— 7 therefore, brethren, in all our affliction and distress we were comforted concerning you by your faith. 8 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.

Luke 11:29-33

Seeking a Sign

29 And while the crowds were thickly gathered together, He began to say, “This is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet. 30 For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation. 31 The queen of the South will rise up in judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will rise up in judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.

The Lamp of the Body

33 “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.

Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon is Igumen of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. Situated in the heart of a beautiful forest, surrounded by the Salish Sea, the monastery is reached by ferry from either Seattle, or Tacoma, Washington.

8 comments:

  1. Dear Abbot,
    I appreciate all the Godly wisdom that you share daily. I felt a particular need to support your theme today as the brevity and gravity of our ecosystems around the world are in grave danger. Indeed the very air we breathe is in jeopardy. The constant politicizing of global warming is complicated. Decades upon decades of reliance on fossil fuels, constant use of weather control through Geoeningineering (billions of heavy metals sprayed in the air to combat atmospheric warming) & weather warfare by nations military/industrial complex all lend to this civilization’s demise!
    As believers, why do we forget that God created the Cosmos first? It is our life support and our home, which He mandated we care for, until He calls us home!
    Father bless!

  2. Thank you for this warning, most people don’t realize the cycles go wider and wider and wider. They don’t remember also that electricity does not work well in dampness or extreme cold. Battery-operated items like heaters and vehicles tend not function, period. Fireplaces will work with carbohydrates (wood) and hydrocarbons (oil and kerosine). So instead of cutting our forest now we must replace them much faster and be ready for the next cycle. (Private message to the monastery)

  3. Yes, we consume way too much and we are running out of habitat for our known species of wildlife. Yes, scientists show evidence that a lot of this is screwed up. The solution is to not cause a panic like your blog could be doing but rather depend on an open mind of nature relatedness and a connection to God through this nature stewardship. Lowering our consumption of “beef” is such simple minded reaction and tossing up the terms of the media like you have doesn’t help calm the faithful but fans the flames of that media hype…. and I am disappointed that this is coming through our orthodox christian teacher. Do you really think our egotistical world-centered minds will fix a “climate crisis”, being more energy efficient using solar panels made in China instead of fossil fuels? Faith is the answer but making common sense educated choices will go a long way to healing what we have caused. Do not worry, Nature will tell us when she has had enough. In my opinion, based in part by your teachings, our call is to be calm and contrite and always do the right thing within our role as co-inhabitants of this world. Everyday we look to you to provide advise on how to manage our hearts through the teachings of the fathers. Thank you for doing that and may God bless you to continue your mission.
    Please look up White Oak Pastures in Georgia, they have proof that good meat is one of the ways to heal the climate in a holistic God-centered way… without the media hype. Also, an important movie would be “kiss the ground”. Watch or read anything by Alan Savory. There is so much good happening by humans who really love nature, please don’t spoil it with media derived doom and gloom.

  4. So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

    “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
    Because He has anointed Me
    To preach the gospel to the poor;
    He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
    To proclaim liberty to the captives
    And recovery of sight to the blind,
    To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
    To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

    Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”

  5. Sorry Father I will not demand the government to enact any laws to restrict anything. Yes we are gravely sinning and paying a heavy price but asking, begging and demanding the evil, satanic forces of the powers that be to put more restrictions upon its citizens will result in more tragedy than we can imagine. I will not be looking to them for any solution. It’s like asking cancer to kill itself. To anyone thinking there are political solutions to our problems I’m sorry to say but man is beyond that now, we are too sick. We are not in the 11th hour, the clock has broken and it is time to turn in humility towards eternity. The political landscape will not save us, it’s solution is more man centered/material worship not God centered (especially in the Orthodox sense). Did the people of Sodom beg the government for more restrictions to save them? It wouldn’t matter if we were completely carbon neutral and eating vegetarian we will be turning out backs even further away from God. Why can we not understand this? I pray our Church leaders start to realize what our position truly is.

    “It is the sign of an infantile mind not to care for oneself with the resources that are available, but rather to partake of something clearly and undeniably harmful while trusting in unseen hopes (Saint Basil the Great).”

    The resources we have are the Holy Sacraments and the unseen hopes are Man and Science. Father you contradict yourself. I pray for our souls, and please forgive me, a fool.

  6. Forgive me Father as my last reply was full of pride. “When a man is prideful, he maligns his brothers and and disdains them as fools.” It’s so very hard these days not to do such. I am sorry, please forgive me and pray for humility to enter my heart. I am the worst of the worst and the cause of all ailments through my blasphemous behavior. Lord have mercy upon me..

  7. A fool, your initial post may have come from a prideful place. Since you say it did, I believe you but to expect corrupt governments to even put the brakes on anything of this nature is not going to work. Too much money involved in the way things are now. As to our part, we cannot save the earth either.
    Real prayer, real fasting and real almsgiving would be more effective, I think.

    My concern is the “climate change” within the Church with the EP declaring he is above all other bishops.

    That is pride and arrogance beyond anything here.

    Come quickly, O Lord and save us from sin.

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