“Here is a mystery. The world grows warmer. Yet climate change has disappeared from the political agenda since 2010 in this country and around the world. The longer term threats to the earth have been drowned out by the more imminent pressures of the global economic downturn.”
Bishop Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield, speaking at Diocesan Synod last Saturday (8th March). Click on the title to follow the link to the full transcript of his speech, exploring some of the evidence for climate change and its likely devastating consequences. But he also spoke about our response to this in the context of hope. He launched a campaign, not just for Sheffield Diocese, but to go nationwide, aiming to get climate change back on the political agenda, so that we can renew the political will to do something about it. As well as our own personal efforts to reduce our carbon footprint, we are asked to write to our MP, asking them to commit to 80% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050 in their party’s manifesto. You can take action on the Hope for the Future website, where you can read more about the campaign, which is being supported by other groups like Christian Aid, Tear Fund and Operation Noah. Let me know how you get on!