Satish Kumar, Editor of Resurgence Magazine, opened up a new strand to the debate when he declared that climate change was merely a symptom of the problem, the deep roots lay in the, disconnect that had built up between humans and nature. He called on humanity to make the change from ‘egocentric’ to ‘eco-centric’, one small letter but a fundamental shift. He also stressed that restraint and sacrifice can be a beautiful and liberating. This view was shared by Mark Dowd, he used the example of Mother Theresa who when she visited New York and London noted the extreme spiritual poverty on the faces of the people she met. He believes that making the life changes needed to halt devastating climate change could be a huge opportunity for spiritual growth.
The speakers stressed the importance of communities taking on these challenges together and religious congregations already so organised have the perfect structure here. However this was not about acting alone, it must be a coalition of all people of good will, of every faith and none.
As the rallies and debates continue all eyes are turning to Copenhagen. Andy Atkins was clear last night we are in unprecedented territory here, there has never been a juncture in history where ignoring justice will literally sink the world.