Just prior to the December 2015 Climate Change Conference in Paris, Pope Francis warned a group of reporters that the world is on the brink of committing “suicide.” Less than a year later, Donald Trump won the U.S. presidential election and then, after he took office, pulled out of the Paris accords. These days, it’s hard to believe that the state of our planet could be more dire.
But John Dear, Catholic priest, longtime peace activist and, more recently, a global-warming warrior, still brims with hope, energy and optimism.
“There’s more happening in active nonviolent movements around the planet right now than ever before in history,” he told NCR in an interview in early April. “There’s massive change happening beyond the bad news from the current administration. There’s incredible organizing going on, such as the teacher’s strikes, such as the anti-gun-violence organizing, such as all the people working on immigration. And some people working against war, but not enough.”