Covid emerged in Dec 2019 as a surprise. Yet, our leaders failed to prepare in case it came to W Europe. How can our faith and political leaders now prepare for the climate emergency that we have known about since 1988 when the IPCC was formed and we heard the major speeches from Margaret Thatcher and President George Bush Snr in that year?
Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Will they speak out boldly against grossly extravagant expenditure that will use yet more finite fossil fuels, more greenhouse gas emissions and, therefore, deepen the runaway climate emergency/crisis, as well as resource depletion?
Monday, 10 August 2020
It is 1988 and it is the hottest summer on record. The greenhouse effect is detected and it is changing our climate. "It is the year that our earth spoke back. Our land, water and soils support a remarkable range of human activities but they can only take so much." (George HW Bush on the campaign trail, soon to become President of the USA)
"We have all recently become aware of another insidious danger. It is mankind and his activities which are changing the environment of our planet in damaging and dangerous ways." (her speech to the UN General Assembly in 1988).
Friday, 7 August 2020
Extract from e-mail to Jonathon Porritt:
"Have you ever come across author Alastair McIntosh? I am reading 'Poacher's Pilgrimage'. It's a beautifully crafted account of his walk from the southern end of Harris to the Butt of Lewis and interspersed with ecology, spirituality, respect for the old ways on the island and, his brave challenges in official, formal sessions with the military over our alternative non-violent direct action. Or, at least, diplomacy rather than the militarisation of diplomacy. And pilgrimage (your "treading lightly") to describe how our three score years and ten should be like AND, not poaching from future generations."
MY ENDORSEMENTS as I was reading the book:
A truly great writer who holds the readers' attention with wonderful descriptions, remarkable knowledge and delicious humour.
An outstanding book. Nicely left of centre, an amazing command of the English language. A giant of a man.
Every page keeps my attention and interest.
400 pages of erudition and anecdotes, of walking, talking, recalling - all related so skilfully and often humorously that it made me smile. A masterclass in writing. A literary great. Politically correct, liberation theology supported and, a socialist.
Anti-war, pro-nature, pro-humanity. This man is a Quaker, a pacifist and argues for Christ's non-violence in both his life and teachings.
This book is pure poetry in prose, with a sense of fun thrown in for good measure. After the Gospels of social justice, non-violence and other divine ethical teachings, this must be the greatest and most important book I have ever read.
Thursday, 6 August 2020
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Monday, 3 August 2020
20 November 2018
1. Operation Noah (UK churches acting together to save collapsing life support systems) agrees with the reasons behind the Extinction Rebellion, i.e:
- We are facing an unprecedented global emergency. Our children and our nation face grave risk.
- The planet is in ecological crisis. We are in the midst of the sixth mass extinction event this planet has experienced. Scientists believe we may have entered a period of abrupt climate breakdown.
- The earth’s atmosphere is already over 1°C warmer than pre-industrial levels. The chances of staying below the 2°C warming agreed upon in the Paris agreement are tiny.
- Recent projections show we are on course for 3 degrees of warming and, potentially, much higher. Children alive today in the UK will face unimaginable horrors as a result of floods, wildfires, extreme weather, crop failures and the inevitable breakdown of society, when the pressures are so great.
- We are unprepared for the danger our future holds.
- The time for denial is over – we know the truth about climate change and we know the truth about current biological annihilation.
2. ON acknowledges the Extinction Rebellion has some important supporters, including 94 academics, one of whom is former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
Friday, 31 July 2020
Wednesday, 29 July 2020
Monday, 27 July 2020
Friday, 24 July 2020
Thursday, 23 July 2020
- by not selling our armaments to other countries that may end up in the hands of Isis;
- through abiding by the resolutions of the General Assembly of the UN;
- by leaving the Middle East to the peoples of the Book and their governments (regardless of whether or not they toe the Western line);
- by never again interfering, occupying and drawing boundaries of straight lines on the map;
- by never again destabilising, overthrowing or supporting coups in the Middle East, Libya and Egypt;
- by repenting of our behaviour that reminds me of dictatorial, know it all, Roman Emperors;
- by renouncing our unethical, hypocritical and duplicitous foreign policy that makes sure those Muslim majority countries know who is boss around their countries;
Tuesday, 21 July 2020
'Guardian' report of scientists' work on venus.
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
- Incompetence, negligence, laziness and, 'couldn't care less, sunshine!'.
- Corrupt local authorities; improper influence because senior officers at TfWM are, or have been, Directors at Tram UK Ltd, the nationwide tram promotion group. They're all in the same building!
- Obsession with Metro trams because they are sooooo fabulously flash and fancy; glitzy and glamorous.
- For the 120 Kms Black Country Railway, we have to do trams first to get the trains running. "Light rail investment provides the basis for restoring heavy rail services at the appropriate time" (Tom Magrath, Passenger Services Director, Centro, September 2000. YES, 20 years ago!)
- "Trams are a modern form of public transport" so, the more the merrier. Quote: Leader of Dudley Council last decade.
- Only trams on railway lines and roads can get motorists out of their cars onto public transport.
- Part of the line is being used for rail-based transport, so that is better than nothing even if nothing is on the rest of the line for yet more decades or, for an eternity.
- Trainspotters and rail enthusiasts love trams as much as trains, so they don't mind what the authorities put on railway lines. We'll have the kitchen sink on railway lines then, thank you very much.
- The heritage railway organisations are brilliant at reopening railways. Much better than the slumbering professionals. But even the SVR is not interested in even occasional Sunday Steam Specials from Kidderminster up to Derby or somewhere in between.
- There is no demand for train travel via the Black Country; only via Big Beautiful Brash Brum.
- Since 2000, Network Rail says that only freight trains WILL be allowed back but not until the 2040s, at the earliest.
- The authorities have much more money than sense. Money grows on trees - Rishi Sunak has proved that!
- We've had £106 billion for HS2 being built since 2009, so we certainly don't need the £180 million Black Country Railway being finished - ever.
- One N-S mainline railway - Crewe to Hereford - is quite enough between Brum city centre and the Atlantic Ocean (or, the Irish Sea, if you exclude Ireland!).
- We can't have the Black Country getting above its station; or, Dudley no longer being the largest town in the UK without a railway station.
Tuesday, 14 July 2020
They are out to get our secrets, to spy on us and to do sabotage in the UK. Never trust them, never have them as a friend and make them enemy no 1 to justify more defence and armament spending. It's all so good for exponential economic growth and rocketing greenhouse gases as the nation speeds to shortages of vital resources and yet more waste as we rip out Huawei kit and put in the West is best technology.
Be suspicious, be very suspicious but don't think we might just be paranoid. Who would want our secrets that would cost millions to keep secret? What are those secrets that must not be shared with anyone?
Monday, 13 July 2020
As for Trump, no, I don’t believe he is a conservative. His essential message is “Trump first”. The only thing I like about him is his refusal to be cowed by the self-righteousness of his opponents.
On climate change, I resist what I see as a political viewpoint masquerading as “the science”. The aim of the large numbers of alarmists is unprecedented government control and the relative impoverishment of western societies. (SELF: Charles' impoverishment will come once all the very finite fossil fuels are in short supply and becoming too expensive to pump out of the ground.)
Cheap energy is one of the greatest emancipations produced by our civilisation. (SELF: a pretty short-sighted, foolish, grab what you can while the going is good, sort of society. In fact, a one-off geological inheritance we are blowing in 300 years. And, in the process, with the downside of turning earth into uninhabitable venus with its runaway greenhouse effect!)