“It is a fundamental principle of Nature that energy can neither be created nor destroyed. It can be converted from one form to another. But, according to the Second Law of Thermodynamics, this conversion is never complete; there is always some amount of loss as heat. So, if you consume more energy, you produce more heat. This is the root cause of the climate change we have been witnessing. So, it is clear that it is not just the developed world that causes this danger. It is also all those who consume energy disproportionately.” Jacob Thomas, Editor -Pax Lumina
This is an excerpt from the Editorial published on Volume 3 of the online magazine PAX LUMINA: A Quest for Peace and Reconciliation, which offers reflections on the topic of Climate Change and the Poor. The reflections have been shared from different parts of the world, on topics such as “Caring from our Common Home: An Integral Approach”, written by Elisabeth Anna Clarke, Director of Ethos at Clongowes Wood College SJ in Ireland, “The Poverty of the Debate on Climate Change”, written by Shiv Visvanathan, an academic associated with Compost Heap, a network pursuing alternative imaginations, “No Water, no Life”, written by Daya Bai, an Indian social activist working among the tribals of Central India, and many more.
“We have to get corporate transparency, as there is a great deal of hidden agenda. As we go through the COP process, we have to recognise that there are many negotiators, especially the poor and the marginalised bleeding in this, who are suffering. These are people that do not have an agenda of ‘business first. Given the pessimism and the disappointments, there is still the need to go forward with faith, which is a tough love. We are called to live with a deep faith, capable of sacrifices, to call for justice, and to share a lasting hope and a definite change.” Pedro Walpole, Ecojesuit Global Coordinator, Philippines