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Obama defends Arctic drilling decision : Short term now, Long Term “later”

May 18, 2015 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, OWS, People's Climate

Obama told reporters that although he wants the country to move completely away from fossil fuels at some point, domestic oil and natural gas production is still necessary in the short term.

via Obama defends Arctic drilling decision | TheHill.

When we frame this in terms like “short term” and “long term”,  we get a good indication that the two have already overlapped,  and that the only “long term” worth considering now is the amount climate change mayhem to which we are sentencing “long term” generations by refusing to recognize that NOW is the time to act,  that NOW presents us with the choice of either avoiding a far worse future than that to which we have already committed ourselves by our delay.

The problem with  this climate crisis we face is that “Long term” thinking requires short term action to do serious reversals.  If we don’t,  feedbacks will only accelerate (or increase the acceleration,  since it is already accelerating- which is the nature of feedback loops).  Obama and his administration have chosen the political path, which is never going to allow us to seriously face this.

Obama Still Doesn’t Get It

May 18, 2015 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, People's Climate

Bill McKibben speaks truth,  and Obama went a long way toward answering the question as to whether or not he has turned a corner toward becoming the leader in the White House on this issue of climate.  This,  18 months before the next election,  indicates he still doesn’t get it.

what’s most extreme here is the irresponsibility of Shell, now abetted by the White House. A quarter century ago, scientists warned that if we kept burning fossil fuel at current rates we’d melt the Arctic. The fossil fuel industry (and most everyone else in power) ignored those warnings, and what do you know: The Arctic is melting, to the extent that people now are planning to race yachts through the Northwest Passage, which until very recently required an icebreaker to navigate.Now, having watched the Arctic melt, does Shell take that experience and conclude that it’s in fact time to invest heavily in solar panels and wind turbines? No. Instead, it applies to be first in line to drill for yet more oil in the Chukchi Sea, between Alaska and Siberia. Wash, rinse, repeat. Talk about salting wounds and adding insult to injury: It’s as if the tobacco companies were applying for permission to put cigarette machines in cancer wards

via Obama’s Catastrophic Climate-Change Denial – NYTimes.com.

Update:  this is relevant, and hopeful….but will he?
RT @greenpeaceusa: #Arctic Council & StDept Rep Admiral Papp says @BarackObama can still pull Arctic plug on Shell:
bit.ly/1GpkIzH

The needed dogma on climate

May 18, 2015 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, People's Climate

I have commented at least a couple of times (probably on Twitter and Facebook) about how we have all these flavors of churches in the U.S. that emphasize certain theological approaches and put forward their own “selective canon” of Scriptures (all groups do this,  according to the narrative they want to emphasize).  But that a group “wants” to emphasize a certain narrative is not, in and of itself,  a critique.  It could be out of a primal, deep desire to have their religious community be attuned to things that address our deepest concerns.  This is the case with me,  and my 7-8 month trek into a new “ecological” thinking (where I do “Ecotheology”)  has me asking about where the communities might be that might righly be deemed a PROLIFE community in the strictest sense:  That ALL OF LIFE,  which neccessarily includes the ecosystem in which that life takes place and from which we receive our breath and being (since God is IN and THROUGHOUT that system ,  and can be said to be EMBODIED by that system. )

So where are they?  I intend to find out.  I intend to seek it out.

To my theology/church friends: I want to know what you think of my previous blog post

May 12, 2015 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, People's Climate, Theoblogical

Meaning this one,  here

Theology is ultimately a dialogue,  not just musings of an individual.  But even that is to simplify the matter,  since these “individual musings” have been forged in an ongoing theological dialogue over some 30 years of my experience in seriously contemplating and living theology,  and being formed by numerous individuals and communities,  each of them having been formed in their own journeys and communities.

Notes on echatology and apocalypse in considering Christian theology in an ageof Climate Crisis

May 12, 2015 By: Dale Lature G+ Category: ecotheology, Occupy Theology, People's Climate

Eschatology:  the end or goal of time/reality/life…not emphasizing “judgment day” as punishment and revenge of God upon evil,  but as the purpose of the Kingdom of God to redeem/renew

Apocalypse:  the literature that utilizes certain imagery to tell an eschatological narrative;  the “upheaval” or “great evil” being experienced is the imagery employed to provide a narrative of the directing of ends to redemption;  it is rehabilitative;  renewing; transforming.

More eschatology in the Apocalypse of John:
A “New Heaven and a New Earth”.   And why do we need a “New Heaven”?  This seems to be a hint of the interdependence of reality and “ultimate things”…it’s not a “transcendent God” but an immanent one,  whose presence is not “ethereal”  but intergrated;  panENtheistic rather than pantheistic; although there is a place for Pantheism in the considerations like Micheal Dowd’s “God is reality” …….to posit a God who is inseparable from the cosmos , and is “separated” only by the need for a narrative of “creator” or “Insitigator”.

So the apocalyptic writers (or the writers who employed this vehicle of narrative),  took imagery from history and politics of their time,  and shaped that into a tale of God directing it to an end (or better, goal or telos).  The Kingdom of God is thus an echatological concept and reality at work that embodies in human history a movement toward that end,  to which Christian eschatology aspires and attempts to narrate.

The Climate Crisis supplies an uber-crisis of existence,  with far wider consequences than a particular people in a particular place.  It was foreshadowed (in an archetypal fashion)  by the use of natural phenomenon in the apocalyptic narrative,  as if the writers assumed the ultimate value of nature, and that upheaval there was tantamount to upheaval in the heavens;  an upheaval of existence itself.expulsion

The fact that we have reached a place in history these past 300 years where we have actually “reached into the heavens” (by building a colossal system of technology and extraction and expulsion that reaches into the workings of the ecosystem by an outpouring of literally record and previously unimaginable amounts of previously “neutral” elements –“neutral” in that they represent a working part of the functioning ecosystem;  their “neutrality” begins to change into “degradation” as the balance of those elements in the ecosphere reaches dysfunctional levels).  By “reaching into the heavens” ,  we’ve created a literal/physical  apocalypse for the ecosystem.  It is unprecedented in human history (having been built and expanded over just the last 300 years since the beginnings of Industrialization).

It is certainly understandable how there is widespread denial and outright hostility to this idea.  This is the only world we have ever known,  or will know (at least as this particular instance of humanity at this particular time-  the latter is perhaps a form my own denial of an impending end).  In our hubris as a species, one which has become accustomed to seeing ourselvesd as “in control” and “masters of the universe” by apparent conquest,  we hav fashioned for ourselves a notion of the “inevitability of progress”,  which has become a part of even the most liberal of ideological dreams.

How do we address this as a Christian people?  As a “People of the World” , or “citizens of the cosmos”? This , for me, is a crucial question for theology to be asking as we move forward.