Whenever the government or other organisations make definitive statements about issues that affect my life, I always like to check them out don't you?
When I became a Christian at the age of 35 I was immediately hit by a conflict in Genesis, after being brought up that evolution was a fact. After some research I found that the scientific evidence gave Creation much more credibility. Likewise, we have been sold another story about the EU - that we are better off in, than out. Not that we have a choice now. I wonder why we fought so hard in two world wars to keep our freedom justice and liberty, only to give this all away to an unelected body in Brussels!
Last Monday was apparently the day of the year we would feel at our lowest, thanks to short days, bad weather, post Christmas blues and bills. Perhaps now's a good time then to explore what a perfect world would look like.
Many fairy stories and romantic novels end with the hero and heroine living 'happily ever after' in a blissful world of their own, possibly 'somewhere over the rainbow' rather than in the real world. Thomas More's Utopia and Samuel Butler's Erewhon are among more serious attempts to portray a perfect society.
The notion of a past Golden Age is common...
When I started thinking about this article, almost everyone thought of bottled water as something that you drink when you're hot and thirsty. Now of course we see it as something life saving to drink when you've been flooded out of your home and you're keen not to catch cholera.
So please ignore the usefulness of bottled water during times of natural disaster, and concentrate instead on its more usual use.
Earlier this year I attended a Tearfund/Holy Trinity Brompton Climate Briefing led by Sir John Houghton, who until recently was co-chairman of the Scientific Assessment for the IPCC. He is an ardent Baptist and a leading Christian thinker in this field.
He said that the threat of climate change is frequently described by responsible scientists and politicians as probably 'the greatest problem the world faces' and as a 'weapon of mass destruction.'
Global Pollution, he said, requires Global Solutions.
The Reverend Malcolm Carroll, Baptist Minister, has been "doing a Saint Paul" this week, getting himself arrested to give his Christian witness to the atrocious rise in CO2 emissions from air travel in the United Kingdom. He held a sermon on the taxiway tarmac of Nottingham Airport, naming short-haul flights a sin and urging us all to mend our fuellish ways. His little service of meditation and reflection was attended by members of the Climate Camp, kneeling to show their profound (and varied) beliefs, out of respect for the good pastor.
The film An Inconvenient Truth could be mistaken for a Presidential commercial were it not for the evident integrity and earnestness of the protagonist, Al Gore. It is a very gentle, personal, relaxed, sensitive documentary, following Al Gore on his worldwide travels to give his high-tech Apple Mac Global Warming slideshow.
World Environment Day is June 5th and this year Environment Sunday is June 4th. This is an excellent opportunity for people to think about care of the environment and to act for it. Is your church doing anything to look after God's natural world, and to encourage others to care about it?
In a recent speech the Prime Minister referred to climate change as 'the world's greatest environmental challenge,' telling his audience a little later in the same speech 'there is no doubt that the time to act is now.' World-renowned naturalist David Attenborough echoes this challenge as he launches the first programme in the BBC's Climate Chaos season today: 'We are changing the climate and what happens next really is up to us.'