Climate and Environment

Climate Change – A Christian’s Perspective
Climate and Environment

Climate Change – A Christian’s Perspective

Climate change is a contentious topic within Christianity. At one end, conservative Christians see the issue of climate change as a “fairy tale”. At the other, less conservative and liberal Christians seek to protect the Earth from zealous climate change deniers. We, as Christians, hold a diverse range of attitudes towards the issues which affect our world today. It would be impossible to gather all Christians on one side of the climate change debate. Image Credit: jplenio via pixabay Recently, Dr. Robert Jeffress, a Southern Baptist pastor, and a member of President Trump's Evangelical Advisory Board, stated, when referring to Greta Thunberg’s speech at the United Nations, that: "This president is brilliant for deciding to skip attending a session on an imaginary crisis — clim...
Extinction Rebellion’s latest actions have ripped the lid off a Pandora’s box of issues
Climate and Environment, Politics, UK Politics

Extinction Rebellion’s latest actions have ripped the lid off a Pandora’s box of issues

Extinction Rebellion has always been criticised for its lack of diversity. Their very policy of striking is supported by people who can afford to possibly lose their job or not work, meaning that they have always risked being out of touch with those less fortunate. Image Credit: Alexander Savin via Wikimedia Commons Their stint on the tube on Thursday shows just how much of a gap in understanding, as well as an ignorance, still exists within the group. Early in the morning, a protester decided to sit on the top of a tube carriage at Canning Town station, one of the poorest areas of London. For many people here, their jobs are their lifeline and they cannot risk tardiness. It seems that this particular staging was not even thought through, with many taking to twitter yesterd...
To tackle the climate crisis, the West should learn from the world’s indigenous populations
Climate and Environment

To tackle the climate crisis, the West should learn from the world’s indigenous populations

Since the beginnings of the industrial revolution, the West has been pumping chemicals and carbon into the atmosphere, as well as destroying the landscapes and livelihoods of indigenous peoples around the world. We have become used to our gluttonous lifestyles and the luxury they bring.  Image Credit: Dikshajhingan via Wikimedia Commons Today, we talk about a world that is post-colonial, with the West having withdrawn itself physically from many of the countries it once occupied.  However, I would argue that the West has continued its colonialism, not as directly as before, but more remotely, in the form of the continued - and until recently, subtle - destruction of the earth’s resources and its people. The full effects and consequences of the climate crisis h...