i was genuinely angry when shell had the audacity to put out an ad making out they are some kind of environmental saviours - what a joke! there’s another energy ad at the moment doing the same thing with an overlay of an orangutan. do these companies think we are stupid???!!! so i was delighted to get an email as a member of greenpeace inviting me to contribute to buying an ad in response which was featured in thursday’s papers doing a bit more truth telling!
last night i went to see the film chasing ice which was put on by ealing transition. it's well worth seeing if you get a chance. if you are in doubt about the shifts in climate, after watching james balog's time lapse movies of glaciers you will have a visual picture that is at the same time utterly compelling visually and will make you want to lament. it's what he calls the extreme ice survey. the commitment to place 25 cameras in extreme positions and conditions to take hourly photographs of glaciers is amazing...
james balog gave a TED talk in 2009 and towards the end of this you see some of the time lapse movies. it's well worth 20 minutes of your life.
i have been meaning to go to a gathering of ealing transition for a while so it was good to finally go and meet people and hear of local initiatives in response to climate change and shifting our dependency on oil. it's an extraordinary movement. one of the anglican 5 marks of mission is care for the environment. one brilliant way of doing that would be to join in with transiition if it's going on near you.
if i were to think what are the themes i want to look at and think about at the moment in the world they would be ecology, economy and faith, and guess what next saturday - dec 1 - there is an incredibly creative event in london doing exactly that - ADVENTurous.
the day consists of
it's all hosted by greenbelt. you can get tickets for the day, evening or both. if you can't afford it and want to come e-mail me and i'll see what i can do (shhhh don't tell anyone)
i can't wait! what a great way to kick off advent. i'll try and get blogging this week about advent - no time no time and yes i know advent is about waiting.
paradise lost and found afternoon of short talks on may 20 is being hosted by greenbelt at the greenbelt offices in london
at cms the library subscrbes to anumber of mission journals. increasingly these are online and some you have to be a member or subscribe to access but others are free. i mentioned anvil's re-invention recently online and free.
well another journbal that is online and free is the international belletin of missionary research. the latest issue which you can download is on mission and creation care possibly one of the most important edges in mission as we head into the next few decades. loads of back issues are available. if i am being penickety i found it awkward to find out what issues might be interesting as the titles of the issues online are the dates of publication rather than the themes. but having said that there is a search facility on the site. there's a wealth of mission thinking and research here - have a dig and see what you find.
earth abbey is an inspired project/vision/network. here's what they say about themselves...
EarthAbbey is a movement of people helping one another to live more in tune with the earth. We work to promote
- A rich relational life between human beings
- A compassion toward the earth and its creatures
- A sense of interconnectedness of all life
- Wisdom and justice in relationships
- Human fulfilment and the nurture of the inner life
- A way of living that leaves the earth better than we found it
Our inspiration derives from Jesus of Nazareth whose life and mission was to bring about a peace which embraces all creation. We pursue a life-affirming, creative spirtuality that is open to all. EarthAbbey is more than a website. It is a movement of people and you are invited to join.
one of the projects they are encouraging is growzones. it's a very simple idea - getting a small community group together to either develop a community garden/allotment or to develop one another's gardens to grow food. we actually do this with an allotment anyway and certainly find it easier and more fun to do in a group but it is good to see it being encouraged. there is a web site and kit to get you started if you need help. a group is starting in oxford soon...
transition is a new movement/stream/network seeking to empower communities to find their own creative solutions to peak oil and climate change. i first heard about it because there is an ealing group being started and the age of stupid is being shown at st marys (now there is a nice big screen there!) on june 14. i was delighted to see that there is a group in ealing and that there must be some people involved from st marys. nic hughes riffs on the movement at length...
we have started NET, a network of entrepreneurial talent in london following the blah... day a while back with bill bolton. last night was an informal get together in the bar of the hms president. as part of the evening reid shared the story of belu water. it is a company that sells bottled water BUT the bottles are made from corn so bio degradable, and it's non-profit so monies made are going in to projects such as drilling wells in india. reid said that they have worked to get a zero carbon footprint. the business is expanding and have got water on the shelves in both tescos and waitrose. if there is one near you ask them to stock it. or if you have bottled water at your business suggest switching to belu. i remember first coming across belu at the big chill festival last year.
if you are interested in NET there will be a monthly get together in june and july and more stuff happening in the autumn. just leave me a comment if you want info.
had a day off in croatia yesterday and visited the island of cres which is in the bay as you look out from rijeka. it is an amazing place with an eco centre capot insulae to look after the eurasian griffons, huge vulture like birds which live on the island and are in danger for a number of reasons. the centre has a series of trails through the forest that you can hike through and at various locations are 6 different labyrinths (which is why the guys here took me). we walked about 10 kilometres and in that time only managed to get to two of the labyrinths. the largest is absolutely huge, a square design with a path in and out (unusual for labyrinths even though our design has that). it is made out of 12000 rocks which must have taken a while! it took us 40 minutes to walk it. the other one we walked was the chartres pattern. it was a wonderful day... i haven't had much time to sort through photos from the day but have uploaded the labyrinth ones and added them to the croatia flickr set. i put this one here with people on as it gives you the sense of the scale of the square one. yfc are running a camp here in the summer to help with the environmental work and are going to run the interactive labyrinth with a 96 year old priest who apparently loves the idea in a catholic church in beli, a village on cres.
calculate what you actual carbon footprint is - this is a really good piece in today's guardian which enables you to roughly calculate what your carbon footprint is. it might be worth doing it with a group and talking about it, and dreaming ways to lessen it? i haven't calculated mine yet as i don't have the bills etc to hand.
well we're a bit slow off the mark but we finally got round to signing up for an organic vegetable box and fruit box delivery each week. up until now we have done a weekly shop at the greengrocers...
the box we have ordered is from riverford farm
we're going to have to change our cooking habits slightly and the veg look like they will have more mud on them. but seems like a good way to go. there are lots of recipes on the web site we can try out as well.
my howies catalogue arrived a couple of weeks ago. i can't remember if i have blogged about howies before. but they are one of the most inspiring companies i have come across. it sounds weird to say but their catalogue is always wonderful. they have an ethos/commitment to tread lightly on the earth and their clothing products are all designed to be durable and made from fabrics and dyes that treat the earth with respect. scattered through the catalogue are a series of reflections such as on food | environment | life .
when i was in the US on the last visit jen and i had a fascinating conversation with some friends there about christianity and the environment. this was provoked by the creation project proost are publishing with group in june. the gist of the conversation was that these friends had never heard a sermon suggesting that looking after the creation was part of what it meant to be a christian. it simply wasn't on the map, and in fact anyone suggesting it ought to be was likely to be perceived as a 'tree hugger', at least in that part of america (colorado). this catalogue reminded me of that conversation. no doubt howies then would be perceived as tree huggers but in my view this sort of business models the kinds of instincts and concerns christians should share. how we treat the creation entrusted to our care may just be the single most important issue facing us right now...
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