Everything Must Change Tour Spreads Word about Living Lightly on the Planet
The Sierra Club is breaking new ground this year by sponsoring a Christian book tour by author, pastor and environmental advocate Brian McLaren. Club staff and volunteers in eleven cities will join thousands of people of faith for the “Everything Must Change” tour to hear Brian share his concerns about major crises facing the human family today: climate change, pollution and species loss, global poverty, and war. According to McLaren and his partners at Deepshift.org, these crises are manifestations of broken systems that disregard the ecological balance and human dignity. They also demonstrate a spiritual crisis caused by problematic framing stories about the meaning and purpose of our lives that dominate today’s culture.
The tour kicked off on February 1st in Charlotte, NC with strong attendance driven by newspaper and radio interviews with McLaren, and then moved to Boise, Idaho and Dallas, Texas later in the month. The gatherings feature slides of melting polar ice caps, a Sierra Club DVD on the injustices of mountaintop removal coal mining in Appalachia, and original songs and poetry that call for forgiveness and strength to seek justice. McLaren hopes to take participants into deeper awareness and transformation, empowering them to challenge the strongholds of greed, consumerism, and corruption so rampant in our culture.
Sierra Club and co-sponsors Sojourners and Faith at Work are organizing follow-up activities at several sites designed to help people understand the connections between environmental degradation and poverty, and identify some possible next steps. In Charlotte, we sorted donations at the “Really, Really Free Store” where residents of surrounding low-income neighborhoods can find used clothes, furniture, toys, and appliances for free. Pictured below are some of the participants. Participants in Texas engaged in breakout conversations to discuss tangible ways people can live more lightly on the planet. In New York City participants will join forces with local activists and residents for an afternoon of urban planting at the A Badillo Community Rose Garden in the Melrose section of the Bronx.