Climate Change: What You Can Do
Regions in Japan were flooded on Saturday, leaving thousands of people homeless. (Photos by AFP/Getty Images/Kyodo News/Jiji Press)
We live on this planet. What would you do if, by the end of your lifetime, your home was completely submerged by water? This phenomenon is already a reality today due to climate change. On September 12, 2015, a severe tropical storm flooded towns in Japan, causing thousands of people to lose their homes. Not only Japan, but Vietnam, Bangladesh, the Netherlands and many other nations have experienced similar tragedies in recent years. This weekend True Mother shared the urgency that is in her heart for us to act, before our world becomes irreversibly damaged.
True Mother’s Words Regarding the Damage Caused by the Flood in Japan
September 12, 2015
Severe Tropical Storm Etau flooded the Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures, both near Tokyo, with more than 600 millimeters [almost 24 inches] of heavy rains. Several buildings were flooded and sustained heavy damage; 170,000 people had to be evacuated due to the floods and the ensuing landslides. Heavy rains are flooding the northern parts of Japan, and more damage is expected. The Family Federation for World Peace (FFWPU) and Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP) must evaluate the situation and provide support.
In 2013, heavy flooding on the Italian island of Sardinia resulted in 18 casualties and more than 800 displaced people. All around the world, casualties are rising due to natural disasters such as typhoons and floods. All these disasters are related to the rising sea levels caused by global warming. The world’s oceans are not healthy; we can see the increasing numbers of typhoons and floods causing damage. During his lifetime, True Father was deeply concerned about the severity of climate change and strove to find solutions to the issue. To uphold True Father’s Will, the Sunhak Peace Prize selected President Anote Tong of Kiribati as its first laureate. President Tong has worked to alert the global community and find solutions to the severe problem of climate change.
The 2015 Sunhak Peace Prize emphasized care for the environment. Laureate Anote Tong has worked to alert the global community and find solutions to the severe problem of climate change.
There will be more damage caused by climate change around the world. The way to prevent such damage is to properly know the truth, attend True Parents as the center and move in unison toward the same direction. It just so happened that the nation damaged by floods this time was Japan, a major nation in the Pacific Rim which has a providentially important mission as the central nation in the Federation of Island Nations. As we could see in the musical performed during the Third Seonghwa Memorial, True Parents have tremendous love, both practical and substantial, for the nation of Japan. When Japan follows the Will of True Parents and, centering on FFWPU, seeks to benefit the whole rather than its national interests, the problems will be solved. This is the only way to life.
From now on, the Korean Segye Ilbo, the Japanese Sekai Nippo and The Washington Times must cover the damages caused by the flooding in Japan, remind people 120 percent, 150 percent, 200 percent about the background and purpose of the Sunhak Peace Prize and properly testify about True Parents, the center of humanity. All blessed families, organizations and businesses must witness and testify about True Parents in unison with one Will. We must invest ourselves so that all governments can make and implement policies based on True Parents’ thought.
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What You Can Do
NASA is one of many organizations on the forefront of bringing awareness and solutions to the effects of climate change. True Parents have also long been deeply concerned about environmental issues. Earlier this year, True Mother addressed an international leadership conference, saying:
“The world created by God is characterized by harmony, balance, cooperation and sustainability. The world we live in, however, has been widely abused and mismanaged. Many fear that the declining quality of air and water, coupled with climate change, may lead to catastrophic disasters. Such degradation of the environment is a prime example of humanity’s separation from God. Virtually every square inch of the earth is owned by some individual, corporate entity, or government. However, are there ‘True Owners’ who are dedicated to proper care of the natural environment?”
Also this year, the first Sunhak Peace Prize was awarded to two laureates who have made significant impacts on the environment. Laureate President Anote Tong, the President of the Republic of Kiribati located in the South Pacific, one of the world’s most vulnerable countries threatened by climate change, is spreading awareness to the international community of the need to control climate change. Even in the wake of the despair that his own country is being submerged underwater within the next 30 years, he has taken the lead in protecting marine ecosystems by designating the world’s largest marine park. In addition, he has taken steps to secure the rights of his own people, as climate refugees who must leave their homeland due to climate change.
What can you do to actively spread awareness and make a substantial effort to alleviate this global issue? Get in contact with a local, national or international organization that fights climate change and see how you can get involved!