With just a week or so left of a carless Lent, back to principles.
I have given up the car because I believe that we each have a responsibility for God’s world and I believe that climate change is a massive threat. Politicians seem unable to act because they are rarely able to think long term beyond the next election. So it’s up to us.
One person rightly commented earlier that he had been cycling hard for 5 years and reckoned he had saved just 5 seconds of the output of Drax Power station. I do believe that small actions are important. If you like, it’s one reason I pray. And if 10m people cycled then we would save significant amounts.
I am also concerned about the growth not of climate change deniers alone, but of the adapters. The one who want to make economic gain from increasing temperatures. By this the division between rich and poor will become still greater. As Rowan Williams, now Chair of Christian Aid, recently pointed out, it is the poor of the world who will suffer first and most from climate change.
It is just lucky for me that my particular response this Lent has been more cycling. I love it.