Faced with the prospect of climate change that could bring devastation to their homeland, nations and municipalities are searching for solutions. Many around the world have been advocating mandatory Sunday rest as a solution to the problem. Paris is the latest to adopt this approach as reported in the article below, from Accuweather.com. Paris launches car-free Sundays on Champs-Elysees to curb pollution By Jillian MacMath, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer May 11, 2016; 5:23 AM ET Thousands flocked to Paris’ Champs-Élysées on Sunday, May 8, to enjoy a car-free day […]» Read more
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Welcome to all who are anxious for the soon return of the Savior to this troubled world, a world that is hopelessly locked in a death spiral, racing on a chaotic path toward destruction.
The enemy of souls would like to deceive us as we approach the end, to overcome us by any means he can, and believe me he will give it his best effort. A test over who we will obey is soon to be thrust upon us, with the Sabbath being at the center.
The purpose of this web site is to present current events as they relate to this test, and to expose Satan’s cleaver attempts to surprise us and catch us unprepared. Please come back to this site frequently as we will try to keep up with developments as they unfold.
Information will be posted here from time to time as events occur. Check back for new updates.
The US president hails the Pope's intervention as 'clear and powerful'
From an article by Danny Wiser, The Catholic Herald, posted Friday, 19 Jun 2015
“The President of the United States has said he wants fellow world leaders to reflect on Pope Francis’s encyclical. Laudato Si’, published yesterday, called for humanity to change its approach to the environment and the way it judged progress.
Barack Obama spoke of the responsibility that his own job title brings in leading the way towards a change in global environmental policy. “I welcome His Holiness Pope Francis’s encyclical, and deeply admire the Pope’s decision to make the case – clearly, powerfully, and with the full moral authority of his position – for action on global climate change,” he said.
“As we prepare for global climate negotiations in Paris this December, it is my hope that all world leaders and all God’s children will reflect on Pope Francis’s call to come together to care for our common home”
"Sabbath for the Earth"
The following is an excerpt from the video "Keeping The Earth: Religious and Scientific Perspectives on the Environment" calling for a Sabbath for the earth. Produced by: The Union of Concerned Scientists & The National Religious Partnership for the Environment
"One of the things we are asked to do in the Scriptures is not to relentlessly press creation, that is done through the teaching of the Sabbath, the Sabbath not only for human beings but also the Sabbath for the land...
"If we are really honest about our own lives we have not only violated the Sabbath for the earth, but we also have violated the Sabbath for ourselves.
"We have gotten on what we call the treadmill, the rat race; we spend a lot of time racing around, and there is a necessary first step, and that is, we have to scale back in some of our frenzied activity to the point where we can reflect on who we are, why we're here, and where we're going."
Bishops from around the world plead for climate change action
Excerpt from an article by Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service
10-26-2015 1:52 PM ET
VATICAN CITY (CNS) – “The presidents of the U.S. and Canadian bishops' conferences joined leaders of the regional bishops' conferences of Asia, Africa, Latin America, Oceania and Europe in signing an appeal for government leaders to reach a "fair, legally binding and truly transformational climate agreement" at a summit in Paris.
Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, signed the appeal Oct. 26 at the beginning of a joint news conference at the Vatican.
The appeal, Cardinal Gracias said, was a response to Pope Francis' letter on the environment and an expression of "the anxiety of all the people, all the churches all over the world" regarding how, "unless we are careful and prudent, we are heading for disaster."
The appeal is addressed to negotiators preparing for the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Paris Nov. 30-Dec. 11. The bishops called for "courageous and imaginative political leadership" and for legal frameworks that "clearly establish boundaries and ensure the protection of the ecosystem."
The bishops also asked governments to recognize the "ethical and moral dimensions of climate change," to recognize that the climate and the atmosphere are common goods belonging to all, to set a strong limit on global temperature increase and to promote new models of development and lifestyles that are "climate compatible." (Emphasis added.)
Nations’ climate pledges will still leave emissions rising for years, U.N. says
From a Washington Post article by Chris Mooney, October 30, 2015
In a key moment on the road to the much anticipated Paris climate meeting this December — and one underscoring just how difficult solving the climate problem will be — the United Nations has released a “synthesis” report assessing all of the emissions cutting pledges made by countries in advance of the meeting. And the upshot is both that countries have raised their climate ambitions greatly, but also that even by 2025 or 2030, global emissions are expected to still be rising despite their best efforts.
One hundred forty-six countries made pledges by Oct. 1 of this year, accounting for 86 percent of all of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. These pledges, or “INDCs” (intended nationally determined contributions), have been a major factor in raising hopes that Paris will succeed where Copenhagen failed in 2009.
In the run-up to Copenhagen, just 27 countries announced pledges that contained “concrete mitigation targets” for cutting greenhouse gases, according to Taryn Fransen of the World Resources Institute. But this time around, more than 100 countries have made pledges, including many developing nations, she said.
It’s “a real evolution in terms of how countries are appreciating the need to firmly reduce emissions, and seeing it as something that could be compatible with development,” Fransen said in a conference call with the media on Thursday.
However, the United Nations’ assessment is sobering. If all of the INDCs are implemented, then global emissions will stand at roughly 55 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalents annually by 2025, and 57 gigatons by 2030, the report states. That’s an increase from current levels of about 48 gigatons in 2010.