Minister's letter

 

A thought for June from the Revd. Jean Capstick

Throughout history ordinary Christians have rallied against great injustice and achieved extraordinary change: from the civil rights movement in the United States, to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. When we move together with the conviction of faith, we can help bring about significant change. Together we’re powerful.

 

 

Last week I watched David Attenborough’s television programme on climate change and felt quite overwhelmed by the enormity of the task facing the human race. We know there are influential leaders of industries and nations who are in denial of global warming, so how can the changes necessary to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions be achieved? This should be one of the most important concerns addressed by functioning governments around the world. Perhaps like the fifteen year old school girl from Sweden we should look at our own lifestyles and habits.  It won’t solve the bigger picture, but here are some questions we might like to ask ourselves.


How conditioned are we to want new things when we could recycle or buy second hand and should we make do and mend far more frequently?

Why have we acquired so much stuff in our homes?

Is our money invested in ethically and environmentally friendly companies?

Should we limit our travel particularly by plane for pleasure?

Have we considered meals with less red meat?

Should we ask more questions about unnecessary packaging and non-recyclable plastic?

Should we write to our M.P. about our concerns?

Should we sign up to one of the organisations that is dedicated to environmental issues?

 

Our marketing and consumer driven society urges us to consume and buy and I’m as much a victim of those pressures as anyone. Our beautiful extraordinary world created by God cannot cope with our escalating consumption of its precious resources.

 

One of the essential aspects of our Christian worship is the confession and absolution at the beginning of most services. We hold our hands up and admit we’ve got it wrong but we want to improve. We ask for God’s forgiveness and we receive it. There is now so much sound scientific evidence that supports the argument that our extravagant way of living is causing irreparable damage. The sea level is rising, the polar caps are melting, extreme weather is increasing and causing devastation and loss of life, our seas are becoming horribly polluted and in too many cities the air pollution is highly detrimental to health.

Today I opened my newspaper and read that the Committee on Climate Change is recommending a drastic change in our habits to reduce gas emissions to “net zero” by the middle of the century.  As Christians we are called to lead the way with our eyes firmly set on caring for our planet - God’s World - so that it is safeguarded for our grandchildren and future generations.

 

 

Every Blessing

Jean

Revd Jean Capstick