We, a group of Anglican Bishops from dioceses across our global Communion greet our sisters and brothers in Christ throughout the Anglican Communion on this most Holy Day, Good Friday. On this day, when our Saviour poured out his very life for the world, we share the following statement in a spirit of sacrificial and reconciling love.
“The covetous desires of people and nations to possess what is not their own, Father, forgive. The greed which exploits the work of human hands and lays waste the earth, Father, forgive.”
At this time of unprecedented climate crisis, we call all our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Communion to join us in prayer and in pastoral, priestly and prophetic action.
This bit is interesting (my emphasis):
We believe that the problem is spiritual as well as economic, scientific and political, because the roadblock to effective action relates to basic existential issues of how human life is framed and valued: including the competing moral claims of present and future generations, human versus non-human interests, and how the lifestyle of wealthy countries is to be balanced against the basic needs of the developing world.
Setting non-human interests above or equal to human interests is typical of the green movement. Animal life, plant life and the earth itself are valued above mankind. Since the villain is fossil fuels and since fossil fuels are largely responsible for most of the benefits of civilisation enjoyed by those, including the bishops, in developed and developing countries, I am convinced that at its root, this is a death-wish neurosis, a lemming-like suicide impulse, the ultimate sacrifice to a Gaia god. In other words, Western Anglicanism at its worst.
Canada was represented at these neo-druid deliberations by Earth Mother Bishop Jane Alexander and Smudging Bishop Mark MacDonald.
Just as shamans used to prance around to induce rain, so the modern equivalent – Anglican Bishops – are fasting to induce cooling. Even granting the truth of anthropogenic global warming, since China’s production of one new coal-fired power plant per week is unlikely to be slowed by a few fasting bishops – many of whom are secret admirers of the socialist paradise – I am confident that the new shamans will be as effective as their progenitors.
The Bishop of Salisbury is praying and fasting today, and on the first day of every month, for a meaningful and fair agreement at next year’s UN climate talks.
“Christians in this country have been encouraged to join in by Operation Noah. At this time next year, negotiators from around the world will gather for another round of UN climate talks in Paris, at which it is vital to make progress. That’s why I’m asking people to join in praying and fasting about climate change.”
A survey response from 120 Anglicans demands that their bishops “become fluent with the science of climate change”; this, they said will be “prophetic”. That is a good point. Anglican bishops have had years of valuable experience: the only thing less reliable than weather forecasts are prophecies from Anglican bishops.
“What sort of leadership in response to global climate change would you hope to receive from a group of Anglican bishops and archbishops?”
This question garnered over 120 responses from Anglicans Communion-wide when posed early in July by the Anglican Communion Environmental Network (ACEN).
So what do respondents name as priorities? They certainly want the bishops to be bold, vocal and to speak with a sense of urgency. The word “prophetic” appears again and again. Otherwise the bishops should be “visionary, courageous, strong, uncompromising, wise, discerning, proactive and humble.”
To whom should they speak? Both to the Church but also to civil society, governments, industry and policy makers. Many respondents cited visible and consistent dialogue with other Churches and like-minded organisations as essential.
Respondents want bishops to do their homework and become fluent with the science of climate change and work very much in public with national and international bodies. One respondent urged the bishops to “use the bully pulpit to galvanize folks in the pew and others to realise this is a real disaster in the making.” Others want bishops to join marches and go public with their personal commitments. Many want the bishops, all bishops, clergy and lay leaders to live in a different and noticeable way.
In an era of horrifying and grotesque Christian persecution, it’s comforting to see Anglicans concentrating on what is really important.
This province has become the first in the Anglican Communion to pledge to divest from fossil fuels.
This afternoon synod passed a resolution that requires the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia “to take all reasonable steps” to divest its shares in fossil fuel companies by its next Synod, in mid 2016.
That must mean that all the delegates will be walking to the 2016 Synod. Otherwise they would be a bunch of hypocrites – and that couldn’t be, surely.
Faster than a speeding mark of mission, more powerful than Al Gore, able to leap foul smoke stacks in a single bound – he’s Eco-Bishop.
Anglican Communion’s Eco-bishops’ intiative [sic] begins to take shape.
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, the Most Revd Dr Thabo Makgoba has invited 20 bishops from around the Anglican Communion to join him in a process of discussion and discernment concerning the Communion’s witness and mission in the face of climate change and environmental degradation.
“I have asked a number of sister and brother bishops in dioceses already experiencing the impacts of climate change to join me in a process of dialogue”, said Archbishop Makgoba.
The invitation is to participate in a process of dialogue leading to, and following on, a face-to-face meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, in February 2015.
The bishops will, of course, be flying, not walking, to their Cape Town meeting.
Sorry, I meant to say “climate change”. I didn’t intend to be politically incorrect; really, I didn’t.
This is very bad news: now I will have to abandoned my Lenten carbon fast and find something serious to give up instead.
There is no scientific proof of man-made global warming and a hotter earth would be ‘beneficial for humans and the majority of other species’, according to a founding member of environmental campaign group Greenpeace.
The assertion was made by Canadian ecologist Patrick Moore, a member of Greenpeace from 1971 to 1986, to U.S senators on Tuesday.
He told The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: ‘There is no scientific proof that human emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) are the dominant cause of the minor warming of the Earth’s atmosphere over the past 100 years. If there were such a proof it would be written down for all to see. No actual proof, as it is understood in science, exists.’
Moore pointed out that there was an Ice Age 450million years ago when CO2 was 10 times higher.
While philosophy can be fun for those with nothing better to do, I’m moderately certain that philosophers have never been able to convince anyone of anything. Most people instinctively know this to be true, so it is a measure of their abject desperation that global warming scientists are bringing in a philosopher to convince us to “care” about global warming.
Just like the poor, true believers will always be with us but, as far as I am concerned, just thinking about a moral philosopher urging me to curtail my carbon dioxide effusions makes my caring index wither.
Scientists have had only limited success persuading us to care about climate change so perhaps it is time to call in the philosophers.
That appears to be the approach of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has engaged a philosopher to help to produce its forthcoming report on how to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions.
As the dog and I stepped out into the -15°C air this morning, my thoughts drifted inexorably to global warming.
The bad news is that not only has there not been any warming for the last 15 years, there isn’t going to be any for the next five either.
This is not news that is welcomed by global warming Cassandras: Christopher Monckton, the third viscount of Benchley, the bearer of the bad tidings that global warming is a sham, was ejected from the United Nations climate change conference for his efforts.
Some speculate that the U.N.’s determination to make Canada even colder is really a surreptitious war against capitalism. Since every self-respecting, anti-capitalist, liberal-left apparatchik from the impotent Fred Hiltz to the messianic Barack Obama is beside himself with excitement at the prospect of crippling Western industry with carbon penalties – no-one seems to care much about CO2 from China or India – it seems pretty clear that they are right.
Still, at least it has warmed up to -12°C for the dog’s evening walk.