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The Fierce Urgency of Now: Climate Change

By Jon Sievert

Dick Snyder speaks to “The Fierce Urgency of Now” of climate change at this Sunday’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Miguel Service.

UU Service
“The Fierce Urgency of Now”
By Dick Snyder
Sun, Dec 4, 10:30am
La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15

The problems related to climate change we face today are not the result of evil intentions, says Snyder. They are a result of a society that believes that it is the driving force of our planet, and that we can manipulate and master the planet through force, science, and development. Unfortunately those concepts fail to recognize the most important part of our existence on Mother Earth, i.e., the Earth’s systems are in control and in an inner-related balance. Everything works together and a change here or there generates other changes, which then generate more changes, and on and on. This often results in the Law of Unintended Consequences. Sea levels are rising across the world as the polar ice melts and the oceans warm. Fully 12 percent of the world’s population (710 million) lives at fewer than 33 feet above sea level. More than five million residents of Florida’s Miami-Dade County live at fewer than six feet above tide level.

Now the world is faced with a US President-elect who does not believe in climate change and promises to overturn the Paris Climate Accord reached under President Obama in 2014. We are faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare and dejected with a lost opportunity. The “tide in the affairs of men” does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. The challenge for us is to resist the power of wealth and greed and fight back. The survival of the world’s population is at stake.

Dick Snyder is a former school teacher and leader in the anti-poverty movement in Iowa, Montana, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, and South Dakota. He was the managing consultant for the establishment of the National Center for Appropriate Technology in Butte, Montana. He developed low-income housing in North Carolina and served on the Wilmington, NC, City Council. A full-time resident of San Miguel, he is an artist, an activist, and a struggling organic gardener. Dick and his wife, Trish, are the parents of five children, 14 grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

The UU Fellowship meets every Sunday at 10:30am at La Posada de la Aldea, Ancha de San Antonio 15, and welcomes people of all ages, races, religions, sexual orientation, and gender identity. The room is wheelchair accessible. For more information, visit our website at


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