In the first reading today, the prophet Amos is angry and rightly so. There is injustice all around him and that’s why he is fired up. Would he be any less angry in our day? Hardly. There are many injustices in our world but perhaps one of the greatest is climate injustice. This is where the people who contribute least to climate change suffer most because of it. Take for example Ethiopia where climate change is causing a terrible drought like other countries such as Somalia and Kenya in the horn of Africa. Ethiopia produces only 0.03% of the world’s carbon emissions compared to Ireland’s 0.11%. Yet, Ethiopia’s population is 20 times greater than Ireland. Here is injustice that ought to rattle us and move us to address it.
Fr Billy Swan