It’s cooler today, and less humid. The heat over the last several days was excessive, even for New Jersey and the Northeast. A new study published last week attributed 37 percent of heat-related deaths to climate change, mostly in poor countries, which are bearing the brunt of our developed world energy gorge.
There had been studies of deaths in particular cities when heat became excessive, but this new study is the first that examined the effects of heat across a wide range of countries. Some cities set up “cooling centers,” primarily geared to people for whom heat is a real health risk, such as the elderly, but, in reality, this is a short term approach to the real issue of climate change.
Climate change affects us all, human and non-human animals. Migration patterns have changed and not just of birds. Our oceans are warming and that change will be reflected in a more active hurricane season. We need to change our thinking and our patterns of living for the future of all creatures on the planet God created.
Prayer for the Day
You who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns deep night into morning
And dims day into twilight, who summons the waters of the sea.
And pours them out onto the surface of the earth,
We stand in awe before you in gratitude for the world you have given us.
From the tiny sand crab scurrying about to the giant whales that grace the sea,
We acknowledge your miracle of creation and its beauty.
Let us not be so consumed so we miss the glory of all that is around us
We ask this in the name of him who offered us a new vision of your glory,
Even Christ Jesus our Lord, Amen.
Thoughts for the Day
We are the first generation to feel the effect of climate change and the last generation who can do something about it.
What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.
You cause the grass to grow for cattle, and plants for people to use,
To bring forth food from the earth, and wine to gladden the human heart,
And il to make the face shine, and bread to strengthen the human heart.
Psalm 104: 14-15