Staying up-to-date on current events seems especially overwhelming these days, so we’re here to offer the Columban take on what’s happening in Washington, DC and around the world. This month we delve into the current state of play on migration legislation and the Catholic commitment to climate action.
Although Pakistan has contributed very little in relative terms to the build-up of greenhouse gases, the main cause of global warming and climate change, it is suffering disproportionately from the consequences of climate change and is numbered among the world’s top ten countries who are most affected by it.
A perfect storm can wipe out fishing, agriculture, and logging, which are the only livelihoods for many. Without a home or a livelihood, vulnerable people are forced to migrate, either internally or externally. Many end up living in city slums or displaced persons’ camps where the standard of living push them deeper into poverty and into health risks.
Disregard for the duty to cultivate and maintain a proper relationship with my neighbor, for whose care and custody I am responsible, ruins my relationship with my own self, with the other, with God, and with the earth. When all these relationships are neglected, when justice no longer dwells in the land, the Bible tell us that life itself is endangered.