Tax dodging and conservation

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.

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God is green

I want us to humbly ask before God the question, should Christians go green? In other words, should we, both individually and collectively, express our love for God in a lifestyle that shares and sustains His creation instead of destroying it? The answer, I believe, is yes we should. And the reason I believe that we should is simple: that God, fundamentally, is ‘green’! Continue reading

Armchair philosophy

The third part in our series on biblical eco-warriors of the faith looks at Solomon, and living well on planet earth.

God gave Solomon wisdom – the broadest of minds and the largest of hearts – like the grains of sand upon the seashore. 1 Kings 4:29

Solomon was the wisest person who has ever lived. 1 Kings 4 tells us that he was a king whose very words brought ‘men of all nations’ to listen to him, whose learning surpassed all of the other Einsteins of his era, and even the vast accumulated knowledge of ancient Egypt. He was a wordsmith, a poet and a minstrel. And Solomon was also a keen observer of the world around him, effectively a botanist and a zoologist: ‘He described plant life, from the cedar of Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall. He also taught about animals and birds, reptiles and fish’. Continue reading

Inspiring Change

Welcome to our vision for an inter-denominational creation care charity that inspires change.  A brief summary of our ideas is set out below, based on a proposal written in August 2014.  The full document can be accessed here.  It’s a work in progress – already it’s clear that we’d like to be an all-Ireland charity as soon as is practical, and that we might also want to focus our work on counter-consumerism and/or animal welfare, in addition to ecology and agro-ecology.  But it’s a start; a basis for dreaming, praying, planning and hoping.  Please join us.  Read all about it here.
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Tolkien and Nature

In a few days the final installment of the Hobbit films will be coming to cinema screens across the UK. With dragons (well, just the one, but a big one at that), huge armies and a healthy dose of CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) effects, the Hobbit films are quite an arresting spectacle, and in this respect they follow in the line of the Lord of the Rings films. The author of the works on which these films are based (in the Hobbit’s case, loosely), J.R.R. Tolkien, was a committed Christian, and hints of this can be seen from some of the themes in his stories, such as those of providence, forgiveness, sacrificial love, and so on. Continue reading