Bob-White-Cambridge-Paper-on-Environment

Apr 30th, 2015
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God created a world which he pronounced was very good and delegated to humankind the responsibility for its care. But human sinfulness has marred God's creation and our profligate abuse of the environment is causing global climate change. If left unchecked global warming will cause global economic loss, widespread suffering and death, particularly among the poor and marginalised who are least able to cope with rapid change.

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SummaryGod created a world which he pronounced was very good and delegated to humankind the responsibility for its care. But human sinfulness has marred God's creation and our profligate abuse of the environment is causing global climate change. If left unchecked global warming will cause global economic loss, widespread suffering and death, particularly among the poor and marginalised who are least able to cope with rapid change. Our response is a test both of our obedience to our creator and of our commitment to care for our neighbour.IntroductionIf the earth will one day, maybe quite soon, be burnt to a frazzle, is it appropriate to put resources into long-term environmental policies?Environmental issues have become prominent in public discourse. Tony Blair announced that climate change is 'the world's greatest environmental challenge', that it is 'so far-reaching in its impact and irreversible in its destructive power, that it alters radically human existence.' [1] Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, captured headlines by suggesting that 'making selfish choices such as flying on holiday or buying a large car are a symptom of sin'. [2] James Lovelock believes that we are fast approaching a 'tipping point' on climate change from which there is no return. [3] Sir David King, the government's chief scientist, has described climate change as a bigger threat than terrorism, and Sir John Houghton, formerly head of the Meteorological Office, says it is a 'weapon of

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