Focus on the Environment

Looking towards the Old Harry Rocks

Living in a most beautiful part of the country it is hard to imagine not being totally aware of the natural world and the need to preserve it, but the decisions required by both individuals and organisations as to how this preservation can be managed continue to haunt us.  In recent months the issues that have been live for many years are, at last, becoming a matter of extreme urgency.  The words of Greta Thunberg are giving the young a voice internationally, and the schools are raising the profile of campaigns to inform and persuade those that can make a difference to do so - and quickly.  Complacency is not an option.  We are looking, at the eleventh hour, at how our admissions of failure can be turned to positive action.  The burning of the Amazonian Rain Forest is both a symbolic reminder and an actual disaster that recall these facts each day.

In September, the Swanage churches are looking at environmental matters through a number of different ways.  There are services that will focus on this area and discussions and meetings for encouragement and information.  I hope that during these days some further steps may be taken towards reducing the cost to the environment of the life of the churches, and that we may all rise to the challenge that is so urgently set before us.


John Mann