Friday, 31 March 2006

Rowan Williams on climate change

On the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme last Tuesday 28 March, the Archbishop of Canterbury expressed his concerns over the issue of climate change.
A full transcript of the interview is available on the CofE website. (Also on Lambeth Palace and ENS sites.)
You can also listen to the interview (Real Audio required) on the BBC website - 17 minutes total, but the archbishop comes first in sequence, and this lasts about 9 minutes. The other person interviewed is Margaret Beckett who is the UK Secretary of State for the Environment.

Church Times Dr Williams: Billions could die from climate change by Pat Ashworth

BBC Archbishop urges emissions cuts

A few nuggets on what the Church of England is doing about this itself can be found here.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento on Friday, 31 March 2006 at 12:44pm BST | TrackBack
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Okay I have to post something here, if only because I notice that these kinds of articles receive scant attention on this bulletin board. Mention sex or ecclesiastical politics, and--boom--we're off and running. Mention billions drowning or dying of famine, and we all keep mum. I'm as bad as everyone else.

So why doesn't this kind of news garner our attention? Is it too big? Do we feel powerless to change it? Or do we doubt that it'll happen? (The last would be a very human, natural response)

When Williams says:
'the question was to some extent about who was prepared to take responsibility, but it was also about the "changes we can make, and which each organisation can make, too". He noted: "That's something the Church of England is having to look at quite seriously in just those terms: we can't talk about it in the abstract, as if we occupied the high moral ground."'

I wonder what he has in mind. Not heating churches? Using less artificial light? Not printing reams of bulletins every week? Fewer face-to-face conferences where everyone flies in from all over the world? (I'm not criticising him... I really wonder)

I've always been curious to see if there's a simpler way to live (says the hypocrite who taps away at his computer, which is left on pretty much 24/7). I would be curious if anyone has ideas about how one could live into that practical vision in the Church.

How can the Churches point to a better way of life that doesn't mortgage our future and destroy our environment? And can we be the Church in a consumer society that expects certain things-- lots of electric light, hot buildings, driving everywhere?

Posted by: Christopher Calderhead on Saturday, 1 April 2006 at 4:49pm BST
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