I picked up a Time Magazine in Seaside, California, yesterday. There was a “Special Report” on global warming. It was titled: BE WORRIED. BE VERY WORRIED. And after I read the articles, I was. (That is, even more than I already was.) The crux of the article is that a host of scientists believe that, not only is global warming real, but that the earth stands at an alarming “tipping point.” Glaciers at the North and South poles are turning to slush at a highly accelerated rate, Greenland is also going through a major meltdown. Global warming is also causing wide spread (and rapidly increasing) drought now. It is playing tremendous havoc with plant and animal species. Cyclones and hurricanes are increasing in intensity… It’s as if the earth is trying to “shake off a fever,” reporter Jeffrey Kluger wrote. The article also noted the question anymore isn’t whether global warming is real, but rather: Are we capable of reversing it in time?… This morning at St. Francis Xavier Church in Seaside there was somewhat of a roundtable discussion. I said I believe a big part of the answer to global warming is for the churches to take the lead in teaching that the environment is, indeed, a hugely significant moral issue. And each of us have a major personal responsibility (and spiritual culpability) in all this by the lifestyles we lead. [Hint: The U.S. has 5% of the world population and emits 25% of the greenhouse gasses. Read: gluttony.] And I also prayed this morning that the church members (and the church as an institution) would develop the charism St. Francis had for the environment — “so the next generation, including our children, has a world to live in.” Note: For more on the specifics of what we can tangibly do to reverse global warming in a dramatic way, see our “Energy Policy” position paper under “what joe stands for” on this site.