The Irish churches must address economic and ecological issues, and not just spiritual and sexual ones, as part of their Kingdom mission.
From February to June of last year, I, along with many others, protested peacefully against the decision to drill an exploratory oil well less than 400m from a drinking water reservoir in the hills above Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, my then home. It was my first time getting involved in such a process, as it was for most of the others. And contrary to the claims of various politicians, the protestors were overwhelmingly local and overwhelmingly ordinary, with few classing themselves as ‘greens’ or ‘environmentalists’. Also striking was the sense of community that developed amongst this diverse group over the course of the five months: there were codes of conduct written; there were barbecues and ceilidhs held. I even brought my kids.Continue reading →
That’s right. I’m moving to Ireland. Northern Ireland, particularly. Here is the story. This past year I was working at a Christian environmental stewardship organization called A Rocha. A Rocha is an international organization started in Portugal in the 1980s, and one of their centres is located in South Surrey, BC, Canada. This centre is […]
How do you sum up a summer in just a few sentences? Or how do you describe a formative experience with only words, when words, and even pictures, can only go so far? You can’t. But what you can do is sketch an outline, a few broad strokes of the literary brush that paint a rough image, or distil the basic essence, of an inspiring intercultural encounter, an encounter with myself, with others, with the rest of creation and with God.Continue reading →
I recently gave a talk at A Rocha Canada’s Brooksdale environmental centre on the potential links between tax dodging and conservation. The issue remains as important now as when I first wrote this blog but the precise nature of any relationships have yet to be explored empirically.
Conservationists should take note of tax dodging and its potential links to biodiversity loss, argues Jonny Hanson, although research is needed to clarify the relationships.