reflecting on Climate Change
A couple of weeks after the last J&P Day of Reflection (about care of Creation), I enjoyed a short break on the Norfolk Broads in a vintage sailing cruiser. I enjoyed living with the basic amenities for a few days. There was a little storage in a cabin that was approximately 6×8 feet. Cabinets in the well provided storage for food. We also had:
We had a small outboard engine, so we didn’t have to sail everywhere, we planned our route to enable us to buy food at appropriate times, top up the water from a hose pipe, and to get a shower. In the peace and quiet my thoughts often returned to the day of reflection and the challenge of climate change. A powerful thought struck me.
At home I have reliable supplies of drinking water, gas and electricity, the shops have the food I want in stock. I have broadband and good mobile phone reception. I live within a democratic, stable place where the basics of life can be taken for granted. As such, I am protected from many of the many negative aspects of climate change.
BUT, across the world many people do not have that stable infrastructure. Life is precarious. The impacts of Climate Change already threaten crops, water supplies, shelter, health, safety and economies.
As I write this, our Southern European neighbours and tourists are struggling in temperatures over 40OC. Our government continue to adopt populist policies against immigration.
So, I ask myself, what more should I do?
I have concluded that it is time to take a more public stand. I will write to my MP about the lack of progress on upgrading the poor insulation of our current housing stock and the failure of building regulations to ensure that new buildings are fit got our future climate. And against the stance towards immigration.
I will consider climate change policy when I cast my vote in future elections.
I believe that millions of little, individual actions such as these will make a difference.
I hope and I pray that my belief is well placed.