Get thee behind me, shiny new bike

Here is Mrs Mabbsonsea’s shiny new bike.   It was fair enough. Her old one, which had carried each of our 3 children and all sorts of baggage as well as Mrs M herself over its 18 years, had stopped co-operating. Here, by way of contrast, is my bike:   It’s just over a yearContinue reading “Get thee behind me, shiny new bike”

Moses the Eco-Warrior

A couple of things I’ve read recently have mentioned the Exodus story in relation to climate change.  Move over Genesis – you’re just too clichéd, with your garden and your God saying creation is good and, by the way, let’s not mention filling the earth and having mastery over it.  We need liberation songs.  WeContinue reading “Moses the Eco-Warrior”

Winter flowers

Here in southern England, we’re not really having winter, just a rainy season. In the relatively mild temperatures, several plants in the garden are waking up early. This elder is coming into leaf (in mid-January!): Are plants like children? If they don’t get enough sleep, will they be crabby and crotchety all the rest ofContinue reading “Winter flowers”

Eaarth

The president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, was interviewed on Radio 4 this morning. He was responding to Typhoon Haiyan, and while he was clear that particular weather ‘events’ can’t be attributed to climate change, he claimed that climate change is making these extreme events more frequent. He said, “Category 5 typhoons usedContinue reading “Eaarth”

The Animal Museum

I had a day at London Zoo. I was there for the John Stott Memorial Lecture, this inaugural year sponsored by A Rocha and given by Chris Wright from Langham Partnership and David Nussbaum from WWF.  The lectures were very good indeed, but the animals were better. There were several parts of the zoo whereContinue reading “The Animal Museum”

Acts of Tea and the IPCC

Yesterday’s publication of the IPCC’s report on climate change has left me feeling quite despondent.  I expected to feel better – after all, it should feel good to be proved right. But, perhaps, deep down, it would have been nicer to have been proved wrong. It would have been good to have been told thatContinue reading “Acts of Tea and the IPCC”