We Need To Talk About Flying

We Need To Talk About Flying

I used to love flying, being able to travel and see different parts of the world, to explore, relax, and visit people (and sometimes I had to work too). I had a childish pleasure from accelerating and taking off. As a child I liked making Airfix model planes, and I can still remember feeling awed watching Concorde. 

Frustration at COP25

Frustration at COP25

Frustration rises as COP25 talks fail again to agree important issues. 

As Greta Thunberg reminded us during COP25 here in Madrid ‘we need both outrage and optimism - in fine balance’. Sadly, these climate talks have brought more outrage and frustration, although we still hold out for a miracle, and through prayer, a slice of optimism. 

Week 1 at COP25

It has been a busy week for the Renew our World team at COP25. We have met many people over the past few days and have been networking with other organizations and authorities. These are valuable meetings to tell people about the Renew Our World campaign.

The Amazon Fires

The Amazon Fires

To you, O Lord, I call. For fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness, and flame has burned all the trees of the field. – Joel 1:19

The Amazon fires drew attention from political leaders and church organizations

Live From COP25

The last couple of days have been so interesting and exciting. This is my first time at COP and so far it's been a great experience.

One of the questions I had when we knew that COP was being moved to Madrid but the presidency was still from Chile, was how will this work? 

Climate Change: The Impacts

Climate Change: The Impacts

Prior to March of this year my understanding of the both the wide and intense impact of climate change was elementary at best. Oh, I knew that climate change is eventually detrimental to the planet… what an understatement! I knew people die from heat waves, glaciers melt, oceans rise, and droughts occur, but that was about it. All that, of course is bad enough, but I finally learned that the impacts are even greater than this when I finally decided to dig deeper through a reading of David Wells-Wallace’s The Uninhabitable Earth. Life After Warming. That launched a whole new perspective and a lot more reading to attempt to “catch up.”

COP25: Time for Action

COP25: Time for Action

25 years. 25 years of talks. What action have we seen? Emissions are still rising, sharply in some cases. The action that countries have agreed to take (at some point in the abstract future) falls drastically short of what is urgently required. This year’s COP is aptly named: ‘Time for Action’. About time. 

Time to Act for our Common Home

The climate crisis continues to cause devastating impacts in many places around the world. This is especially affecting the poorest and most vulnerable communities.

Climate change has become one of the greatest challenges for those of us who dream and fight for a society in which we can live a fulfilled life, free from pollution, violence and human rights abuse.

Rubbish Campaign State of Play

Rubbish Campaign State of Play

You might have heard the old joke, ‘what goes up and up but never comes down?’

Well until recently it looked like the answer might be the amount of plastic that big companies push into poor communities. For many of those Renew Our World works with, this causes serious problems. If you have no regular bin collections, then you have little choice but to burn or dump the plastic, causing toxic fumes, carbon emissions, flooding and disease. We see the consequences every day.

Climate Summit Round Up - What Do We Get?

The UN climate summit was a proper big diplomatic event, a long list of presidents and prime ministers along with the likes of Bill Gates, chief execs of various multinationals, and a message from the Pope. But it’s Greta Thunberg’s furious challenge to the leaders, and to all adults really, that I’ll remember longest. I love it when God uses the weak to shame the strong, and this 16 year old girl certainly did that.

Why I'm Taking to the Streets on Friday

Why I'm Taking to the Streets on Friday

This Friday, 20 September, I’m joining thousands of people at what’s expected to be the biggest mobilisation on climate change ever. Events are happening across the world, all organised by young people. We’re coming together to say that governments must engage with the seriousness of the climate crisis and take much more urgent action. We need rapid emissions cuts, a shift to renewable energy, and money for the most vulnerable to adapt. This is no longer scientific forecast: there are many signs that the climate is in chaos, and it’s already hitting the poorest people the hardest.