Anglican Leader Brings Climate to the Pulpit

Posted by Kendall Harmon

One thing climate experts often say is that people need to change their behavior to slow climate change. And they also acknowledge that they still have a lot of convincing to do before that will happen.

One man, Martin Palmer, argues that religion is a better messenger than science and politics — that it can do things the others cannot.

Palmer is the founder of the Alliance of Religions and Conservation, a small group working out of Bath, England. Its credo is that religions from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism are the perfect groups to become climate activists.

Read or listen to it all.

Filed under: * Anglican - EpiscopalAnglican ProvincesChurch of England (CoE)* Culture-WatchClimate Change, Weather

Posted April 29, 2008 at 8:38 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Bart Hall (Kansas, USA) wrote:

After church, Palmer laces up his muddy boots and walks an old Roman path to his home. When Romans lived here, and the climate was warmer, they grew grapes along this path. Experts say the climate will become warm like that again. But Palmer says experts usually don’t know how to get people to do anything about it.

There’s no reason to get anyone to do anything about it. Current warming is not unprecedented in either magnitude or rate. England was a major wine producing region a thousand years ago, back when Greenland was, well, green.

If this chap doesn’t notice the blatant internal contradiction of his statements he really has little in the way of coherent ideas to offer anyone.

April 29, 8:53 pm | [comment link]
2. libraryjim wrote:

Agreed! His statement shows plainly that climate change works in cycles, and we are merely going into another warming cycle.  A cycle that experts say may be going into a cooling phase again—naturally, not man-made.

April 29, 9:18 pm | [comment link]
3. Irenaeus wrote:

“Its credo is that religions from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism are the perfect groups to become climate activists”

Don’t forget Unitarians, British Israelites, and Theosophists. Like 815, they don’t have much else to do.

April 30, 12:33 am | [comment link]
4. Br. Michael wrote:

Does “climate change” imply cooling or warming?  This is a safe thing to be for because the climate is always doing one or the other.  It’s kind of like the tide, it’s either coming in or going out.  But in any event it’s all part of the natural cycle.

April 30, 7:37 am | [comment link]
5. Choir Stall wrote:

Climate without Christ? Climate above Christ? or Climate that honors Christ? The world may never know….certainly not from the Oven-Mit Mitered One.

April 30, 10:44 am | [comment link]
6. rugbyplayingpriest wrote:

put it this way- if the world were cooling would we be asked to drive bigger cars and burn extra fuel?

April 30, 2:32 pm | [comment link]
7. libraryjim wrote:

Br. Michael,
Climate change is the term now preferred because “Global Warming” is not brining in the desired results, thanks to the severity of this past winter with its record snowfalls and cold temperatures.

April 30, 9:38 pm | [comment link]
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