Environment

Autumn colours Paul Varnum via Unsplash
Harvest thanksgiving celebrates not only God’s seasonal gifts of crops for sustenance, but has become a more general celebration of thanksgiving for his gift of all the rich and interdependent diversity of life on earth.  We are increasingly aware of the fragility of the intricate balance that sustains such a rich diversity of life on our unique planet, and of the fragility of the conditions required for any life to continue on earth at all.Early in the last century with so many boasts of...
A farmer on his farm, ploughing
Here in the northern hemisphere, spring arrives around now yet many of us feel anything but spring-like, despite the fact that the Lord is risen indeed and that plant-life in our gardens, city squares and window-sills is burgeoning, even blooming. There just seems too much to sadden, even terrify us, too many reasons to repudiate hope. It feels that our days are darker, not brighter. But the new life is springing; “now the green blade riseth”, as we can sing. We can learn much from...
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In speaking of the way we should think about security for the future, Jesus used a curious example - a man who cheated his employer. Luke 16.1-8   But it's the astuteness, not the dishonesty of the steward we are to imitate. Wise people look to the future. They think ahead. Such was the worldly-wise steward. He used his resourcefulness to secure his material needs.Those who try to keep close to Christ must equally look to the future.All the goods of this world are entrusted to us...
'The only world we have': Earth from space
Today, as Tim Peake (the first official UK Astronaut to go into space) spends his first full day on the International Space Station, I find myself pondering and marvelling at the limitlessness of human capacity. Admittedly, I even got a little emotional thinking about the bravery and childlike wonder of humanity, which at its very core, pursues the understanding of our world and beyond.With this in mind, I think back to Saturday night as I was enjoying a (somewhat) well deserved (vegetarian)...
Marching for Climate Change: John Englart (Takver)
As all eyes rest on the UN summit on Climate Change in Paris this week (COP21), Jesuit Missions is gearing up to join its voice with thousands of others by marching in London today in support of a climate change deal.The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs kicks off in major cities in the UK and around the world. It’s not only a call to us to take action; it’s an unequivocal challenge to policy makers and governments, to say that binding laws limited greenhouse emissions must be...
A thinly veiled piece of climate alarmist propaganda.  A groundbreaking exposition of Catholic ecological thinking.  Well intentioned but economically naïve.  A slippery slope towards extremist environmentalist positions.Such are the reactions to Pope Francis’s ecology encyclical — and it hasn’t even been published yet.  Nevertheless Vatican sources have confirmed that the encyclical will appear sometime this month.  It is reported that it will bear the title “Laudato...
Earth Day 2015
Regarded by many as the birth of the modern environmental movement, Earth Day began exactly 45 years ago today.  On 22 April 1970, millions of Americans took to the streets in response to a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. Mobilised by Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the student anti-war movement, those early environmental pioneers sought to infuse protest energy with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution to force environmental protection up...
Lakes in Croatia, credit Bruno Monginoux
The Word emanating from Vatican corridors is that we can expect to see the long awaited environment-themed encyclical at some point during 2015.The exact date has not been disclosed, but it could coincide with Francis’ apostolic visit to the Philippines in January, a country where the Catholic Church has been something of a trailblazer on environmental issues.  Alternative possibilities are April 22 (World Earth Day) or October 4, the Feast of St. Francis (patron saint of ecology).Another...