As a Christian I feel I need to take a stand against the death and destruction that is unfolding, aided by the policies of Dept. of Energy and Climate Change (DECC).
DECC says that it is addressing climate change. It speaks fine words about the seriousness of the crisis. However, since the May election, this government has been dismantling all its climate policies, showing its words to be lies.
Jesus spoke about this sort of hypocrisy. In Matthew 23 he says:
‘Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.’
I wanted to reveal DECC to be a white-washed tomb and rebrand it as the Dept for Extreme climate Change.
There is no doubt in my mind that un-checked climate change threatens the continuation of abundant and civilised life on earth.
There is no doubt, for me, that allowing destruction of what God has made, the lives of billions and our civilisation, with its beautiful arts and music and culture is contrary to God’s will.
There is no doubt in my mind that DECC’s policies will act to bring on climate change, rather than slow it, both directly, and most crucially in their impact on the UN talks in Paris.
There is no doubt that current political action – MP lobbying, marches, consultations – all of which I have been doing for nearly 20 years now, are not being heeded. The very evening of the Big Climate Lobby on the 17th June, when thousands met with their MPs to ask them to put climate as a priority for this government, Amber Rudd announced the first of her ‘cut-the-green-crap’ policies, that subsidies for on-shore wind would be ending early.
There is no doubt, from the scientific point of view, that drastic, immediate, massive action is needed globally to avert catastrophe. At a human-induced temperature above 1.5, maybe 2 degrees, 3 degrees if we are particularly lucky, natural feedbacks will take over to escalate temperatures, and what humans do after that point is pretty immaterial. Climate change is not something we can leave to our children, or even put off for a few years. It must be dealt with now or not at all. All I am asking is the UK does its part. Historically and morally we have no right to any more carbon space in the atmosphere and should stop producing carbon now. I understand that is not possible. But actions commensurate with this understanding are required.
The urgency demands something more that un-heeded letters and marches. I feel I am being called to witness to the seriousness and urgency of this crisis. The world, and all of us as individuals, need to break out of our cycle of apathy, denial, despair and helplessness, to acts of prophetic resistance. I hope that my small act of resistance will inspire others to act in their own way to peacefully resist the evil of climate change.