Summer 2019 sounds the alarm

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Summer 2019 sounds the alarm

By Fr. Dr. Rif’at Bader

The fact that the Vatican official newspaper dedicates two pages in its official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano on climate change titled, "The fastest rise in temperatures in 2,000 years," means that escalating mammoth perils are threatening the Earth by sea and land which will undoubtedly have an adverse effect on human health, life, vitality, and livelihood.

In its July 26, 2019 edition, the Vatican daily focused on two scientific studies issued by Swiss University of Bern and published in two journals, namely Nature and Geoscience Nature, which pointed to the spike in temperatures and that 98 per cent of the Earth is warming. The Europeans have repeatedly noted this year that due to the unprecedented rise in temperatures, Europe is burning. But, we are in this context addressing the whole world. Is it early to say that the world is burning? Or is it a premature remark?

Therefore, there is climate change that cannot be denied. Last winter, we saw in our beloved country, Jordan, how the rainfall was no longer normal, as it rained down unexpectedly. Summer was not also normal as temperatures rose exorbitantly above annual rates.

The issue is universal as it is not confined to a particular area. It is a humanitarian issue that unites humanity over one concern and over the search for common solutions of interest to everyone since the environment, according to Pope Francis who was the first Pontiff to issue an important document on this ecological issue, namely, is "Our Common Home (Laudato Si')”.

I commend the German Society for International Cooperation (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit) which cooperates with the Ministry of Environment as well as with the Ministry of Water and Irrigation in issues relevant to environment through the promotion of alternative energy, as well as through raising awareness on the efficiency of using water. Over the past years, a number of Muslim and Christian clerics participated in awareness programs, and got acquainted with several international programs, especially in Germany, about taking care of the environment and working to double plantation. Two booklets were issued on the value of water in Islam, namely on the value of water in Islam (Water in Islam), and the value of water in Christianity (Water... a Christian view). They went to neighboring Arab countries (especially Iraq) to convey the Jordanian experience, despite our water poverty, to brethren and friends. The fulcrum of the mission in the German team over the past years has been a young man with technical visionary, namely Mr. Bjoern Zimprich, who left for Lebanon last month. Mr. Zimprich deserves the appreciation of the Jordanian society owing to his outstanding contributions to the environment, especially water.

We need more than that. The relevant report carried by the Vatican daily, translated into Arabic by zenit.org, states that the sounds the alarm has been reverberating, and that humanity is called upon to maintain an "ecological or environmental consideration” to review the malpractices of states and individuals, as well as to abide by international charters and to adopt new and useful patterns of behavior.

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