Thoughts from the Rectory
for May 2021
I was very impressed to read (13 April) that French MPs have just voted to suspend domestic airline flights on routes that can be travelled by direct train in less than 2½ hours, as part of a series of climate and environmental measures. That’s a bold move, and I’m sure it won’t be popular in all quarters. But it’s one example of the sort of radical and creative changes that are going to have to be made, if we’re going to rise to the challenge of climate change. The truth is that we’re all going to have to make sacrifices, and accept some inconveniences, if we want to prevent the worst effects of what’s already happening. As has often been said, we in the rich countries have done the most to create this crisis, but it’s those in poorer countries who are already suffering the most because of it, through extreme weather patterns, droughts, flooding and all the rest.
All of us, I’m sure, are concerned about this issue, and care deeply about our environment. How can you not be, especially in this beautiful part of the world?! And for those of us who are Christians, or members of other faiths, this is also a spiritual matter (as everything is), because we’re called both to protect and cherish God’s wonderful creation, and also to look after the vulnerable. Interestingly, the Church of England has committed itself to a target of being carbon-neutral by 2025, which is itself very ambitious. Here in the Glaven Valley Benefice, we’re trying to do our bit. We’ve registered our churches with Eco Church, which is an organisation that exists to help churches become greener in various ways, including energy consumption, churchyard use, life-style, and so on. It’s only the beginning of a journey, but it’s a start.
As I’m writing this in mid-April, the blossom is bursting out, the insects are proliferating, and the birds are going mad, and right now, the sun is shining! What a fabulous time of year Spring is! I’m aware once again how stunning our world is – and how fragile. Let’s encourage each other as we look after this amazing world together.