Emerging Cities

Interesting comments by Sir John Sorrell about our attitudes towards the environment.  It would seem to resonate quite strongly with the ethos of the Emerging Church.

Some people think that cutting carbon means denying ourselves the things that make life enjoyable – no shopping, no fun – but I see it differently.

Tackling climate change isn’t about self-denial, it’s about reinvention; reinventing towns and cities, redesigning the way they work, and changing the way we all manage our lives.

For the full article, check out the BBC.

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4 Responses

  1. i really had to force myself to read this. The thing is i agree with what’s being said and think reinventing our cities is a great idea. i think lowering our carbon emissions and generally caring more about our environment so that we create a better atmoshpere for people to live and work is a fine goal to aspire to. in short i agree that we should be aiming to become better stewards of the world…..

    however, it uses those words ‘climate change’. i really am fed up of hearing about it now. i guess it annoys me because there is so much uncertainty about it too. do rising CO2 levels cause global warming or is CO2 a product of global warming? does the way we live our lives really have such as a huge affect on the ozone layer as we are being told? I don’t know….and to an extent i really dont care. what i do care about is our cities being good places for us to live and work.

    i suppose my problem with this from a church point of view is where do we place our empasis? do we look at climate change and use that as a driving force to try and shock people into change knowing full well that there is still so much uncertainty about it. or do we follow a line of working far more locally, understanding and presenting the fact that ecologically friendly enviroments are generally happier and healthier places to be.

    i think one of the great challenges that the emerging church faces is to make sure it retains it’s intergrity and i’m not sure that buying into and peddeling media sensationalism is a good way of doing that.

    just a thought loike!

  2. i think one of the great challenges that the emerging church faces is to make sure it retains it’s intergrity and i’m not sure that buying into and peddeling media sensationalism is a good way of doing that.

    Wow. That is very true!!

    I don’t know if that is what the climate change thing has become or not. I will ponder and get back to you.

  3. i’m going to a district event about climate change on wednesday evening….i’ll be asking the questions i have above but is there anything else i should be asking?

  4. “How much water is displaced when water freezes?”

    10% – the bit of the iceberg that sticks out of the water.

    “What happens when it metls?”

    It beomes 10% smaller.

    “So why is everyone talking about rising sea levels then?”

    😆

    I don’t know what to tell you. I know that as the planet gets warmer it is the poorest in our global society who lose out the most. When I was out in Africa the weather patterns had already started to change and crops are starting to fail.

    I know that I miss the snow we used to get when I was a kid…

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