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Climate change threatens species, says archbishop

Paul Brown, environment correspondent
Tuesday July 6, 2004
The Guardian


The viability of the human race is at stake because of "offences against our environment" which threaten the world with further wars and rising inequality, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said last night.



He warned that in the short term the "addiction" of rich nations to fossil fuels had all the ingredients for the most "vicious kinds of global conflict - conflict now ever more likely to be intensified by the tensions around religious and cultural questions".

He forecast the emergence of "fortress societies" able to possess all the natural resources such as oil and water they required, with the rest of the human race excluded.

In his first "green" speech as archbishop, Dr Williams adopted the approach of the Eastern Orthodox Church that destroying the environment was a sin, and that Christians had a duty to protect it.

He said: "We should be able to see that offences against our environment are literally not sustainable. The argument about ecology has advanced from concerns about 'conservation'. What we now have to confront is that it is also our own 'conservation', our viability as a species, that is finally at stake."

He endorsed the remark made by Sir David King, the government's chief scientist, describing climate change as a "weapon of mass destruction", and called on Tony Blair's government to take a lead in sharing the earth's resources to avoid inequality and conflict over oil and water resources. While the long-term threat was to the survival of the human race, in "the shorter term, what is at stake is our continuance as a species capable of some universal justice".





Dr Williams criticised a society "in denial" about the destruction of the environment. As an example, he used current economic thinking which did not regard environmental factors such as soil degradation, deforestation and a disrupted food chain as costs of economic activity.

In the speech at Lambeth Palace, he said that since "the oil production of relatively stable and prosperous societies is fast diminishing, these countries will become more and more dependent on the production of poorer and less stable nations.

"How supplies are to be secured at existing levels becomes a grave political and moral question for the wealthier states, and a destabiliser of international relations.

"This is a situation with all the ingredients for the most vicious kinds of global conflict."

Dr Williams said that if human beings are not to be living in prolonged and suicidal conflict with the natural order tough choices must be faced.

He backed a plan by the Global Commons Institute for fair shares of fossil fuel use between countries known as "contraction and convergence". This involves every person on the planet having an equal right and quota to emit carbon dioxide.

He explained that in the first 48 hours of 2004, an average American family would have been responsible for as many emissions as an average Tanzanian family over the year. Dr Williams appealed to Tony Blair to use the coming chairmanship of the G8 group of industrialised countries and the presidency of the EU to press the environmental case. "The prime minister has already declared that his international priorities for 2005 will include climate change and the future of Africa; contraction and convergence addresses both of these. It seems the moment to look for a new level of public seriousness about environmental issues."


Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,3604,1254684,00.html
 

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This title is actually wrong, or right, depending on your view of the world. By that, I mean, species include us (humans) as the article is clearly portraying. It's not just about saving the plankton and birds. Ultimately it will come down to us.

Little things you can do to help:

*Use public transport if it's possible
*Share cars (like car pooling) with friends
*If you need to drive and going for long distances (CHECK YOUR TYRE PRESSURE) - this will also save you money from unnecessary petrol loss.
*Recycle
 

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I recycle religiously. I brought in my own coffee mug and water jug to work so as not to use the disposable paper and plastic ones. When i go camping i try to remove any garbage i see on the trails. So i try to do my part. occasionally i do keep a Ocean fish i catch - this june i caught three small mackeral and they were delicious. I understand fishing with line and poll can cause some damage.....so i try never to leave any line on the beach. I am not giving up fishing though. dont have and dont want a car so maybe that compensates for it.
 

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I hate the arrogant attitudes of people who think nothing about the environment. I've been called naive and idealistic soooo many times over this, but I really couldn't care less. And I'm glad to see someone so affiliated with Christianity saying this- so often people have used a little passage in the Book of Ancient Tribal Legend, otherwise known as Genesis, to justify wrecking the earth and thinking they have some kind of exalted status because they happen to be human. A big thanks to this sensible guy. :hug:
 
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I don't know about you but in Britain I'm certainly feel the change on the climate of Britain at the last ten years. I remenbered 10 years ago the climate in Britain is a lot more cloder than at the last 3 years for sure. When I was a kid we used to have snow all the time during the winter and lasted for weeks but we saw less ans less snow at the last 3/4 years this winter we only saw snowing about 3 times and only lasted in days rather in weeks as it was than in 10 years ago. The summer is getting hotter almost by the year. Remembered the of 2003 in western Europe! :eek: It's not hot at the moment but it was warmer a lot early than years ago. I think Climate change is not a joke but it's affect us all.
 

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OK, wonderful intentions, now the hard part:

1) Gonna Give up air-conditioning and other Things That consume alot of energy?

2) If not, gonna deny those Creature Comforts to ppl in what's Currently Called the "3rd World"?

3) If you answered "No" to 1 and 2 above, RU willing to be flexible about non-polluting energy sources (when done properly) like nuclear power? (Which now supplies the vast bulk of France's Power Production, BTW).

If not, let's hear Some Specific Significant alternatives, plz. I'm all for solar, wind, geothermal, etc. but just MAYBE such alternatives can offset the INCREASE In energy consumption that occurs (and will Accelerate) As China, etc. become ever more developed.
 

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Yep - that is the issue. America is the biggest culprit with the airconditioning.....
In france, the freaking metros are soooo hot in the summer you get to work a dripping mess, cause there is no airconditioning. I for one, would give up the AC except on the hottest of days, I take public transportation whenever possible too. id certainly make SOME sacrifices. But it is very difficult to reduce ones standard of living. once you are accustomed to a level of comfort it is very hard to go without.

Arent cars largely to blame for the current situation? Some families have more cars than family members it seems. I think burning coal is a huge problem too.
 
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