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Heed the Call

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Many in the US prefer to pretend that “everything’s fine,” ignoring the world’s ecological crisis. The Netherlands Manifesto aims for a circular economy by 2050. This means a long-term, sustainable economy with no harmful emissions. Practically, it translates to government fines for use of non-recyclable waste, requirements on manufacturers for easy-to-repair products, a Repair Café in every neighborhood, fishing nets turned into carpets and plastic bottle caps becoming skateboards. 


Creator God,
Give us Your energy and creativity
For the challenges ahead. 


The (African-American tradition) black people know the value of lamentation. (Find and listen to a recording of spirituals such as) like “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” or “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” (If you wish, compose a lament of your own) Try singing along with a spiritual or composing a lament to voice and identify the danger of our current global predicament.

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