Bishop John: It’s time to sprint towards climate actionSaturday 23rd July 2022
This week, we’ve witnessed temperatures never before reached here in the UK.
Here in our own diocese, temperatures also saw record highs, as some parishes nudged 40 degrees and firefighters battled flames in nearby communities.
But as the temperatures subside, Bishop John issues an urgent message, warning us that the threat has not gone away.
He said: “This is not going to just peak and then we’ll hear no more of it. It’s going to get gradually worse. We are warming the globe and we’re not reacting quickly enough to avoid the damage or to even begin to repair the damage that we’ve done. We’ve already been told that some of the damage is irreparable, so we’ve got to think and we’ve got to act.”
Thanking the parishes and schools that are already carrying out fantastic work to live more sustainably and campaign for environmental justice, Bishop John also urges all of us to take this latest heatwave as a real wake-up call and to step up our efforts on taking climate action.
He said: “I know that we’re jogging along, showing an interest in climate change – but jogging’s not enough. We’ve got to start sprinting at this stage to make sure we’re caring for our common home.”
The warnings of this week and the call to take action is without doubt daunting. But amongst the stark warnings from climate experts, there is real hope. We have the science, the technology, and the understanding to make a real difference to our climate, and for now – we also have the time.
To help you get started, we’ve pulled together some helpful resources and websites to help you find out more about how to take action and why this is such an important part of our faith and our role as part of a global family.
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