prophet of climate change

November 5, 2007

Dan Kimball pointed out this article, and it got me thinking. So much that I’m writing this now, and are really struggling to get myself to study (having an oral exam at 9:30 tomorrow morning)… OK, I guess it doesn’t take THAT much to get my thoughts running wild when I’m supposed to study.

It’s stuff by James Lovelock, scientist and inventor, on global warming, and it’s a pretty glum prediction! One of the worst I have seen. But what if he’s just anything NEAR correct? And the guy has quite a track record. What if, in 100 years time, 6 billion people (actually more, if you take into account the growth rate combined with the prediction that only 500 million will remain on eart) has died? Listening to the whole global warming conversation, time and again I realize that what no one want’s to say is that there is no way we are going to change our ways of doing things enough to stop global warming. There is no way we are going to say that as of next year, all petrol stations will close up, and you can just take your poluting car and use the parts for something else. Or what about some serious electricity restrictions, especially on the big businesses! How about we stop flying? Escom is still saying that they will keep on builing coal power plants, since it only half the cost of ecological friendly forms like wind of solar. As long as cost is going to be the determining factor, I can’t see how the downward spiral will end.

OK, another emotional ouburst? Probably. But I’m getting more and more convinced that climate change need to be at the centre of our theology, and of our life. Ir might just be a survival issue. Maybe not for you sitting at the computer, but for millions, billions, living in poverty in Africa and Asia, it will be! To those that can’t fight rising temperatures with aircon and fancy agricultural techniques. To those that have no where to go if sea levels start really rising.

In the first few centuries of Christianity there was aparently two occasions in which massive disease broke out. Christianity grew immensely in these times, because they cared for people. When others weren’t willing to get near the diseased, the Christians cared for them. This had the effect that more Christians survived, and that more people joined Christianity in and after the disasters. How would we react to what might be/is coming?

But this will also be more than a Christian thing, this is a human thing, and everyone need to join hands.


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