Saturday, 24 March 2012
Hi God, yes me again and yes, I have a problem. It’s the same one as I have been talking to you about for the last 25 years, but it is now getting very serious. I know you are concerned about it as well but I am getting very frustrated about the way people are ignoring the problems of the weather.
It’s March here in East Sussex... OK, it’s March everywhere else that uses the Gregorian Calendar, I know that, but what I mean is that it’s March and we are about to have a hosepipe ban, yes, a hosepipe ban in the South East of England in a few weeks time. The reservoirs here are as low as they were in the August drought of 1976 when the weather, like me, was really hot. I no longer am hot but the weather certainly is.
The farmers are getting worried; in parts of the SE they are not even planting fields as they can’t see the point when there isn’t going to be the water available for them. Rivers are drying up as are natural springs and the fish; insects and birds that rely on them are dying off.
I tried to explain the situation to someone who after listening looked at me as though I was speaking Swahili; they seemed totally incapable of taking in the problem. Then they said that the good thing with the hot weather was that we could now have really productive vineyards in the area. I did try to get the point across that the water shortage problem was not just ours but a French and Spanish water shortage as well but I got the impression that while (as they say) the lights were on there was nobody at home.
Crop production will be low this year in Europe, but the problems with the weather are not just here but world-wide. There are floods in Thailand, floods in Australia, heat waves in Russia, drought in Africa, catastrophic weather events in the US and a massive drought in Texas, and so it goes on.
The Church seems almost oblivious to the problem although there are a few of us that have been working hard to wake those that claim to be your Son's body on earth, and give Him our love please when you see him next.
Sorry to sound down but I feel rather down when I see the ice caps melting, the sea levels rising, the Gulf Stream problem and as for the Jet Stream, the future is particularly uncertain for Europe, as our climate is strongly influenced by the jet stream.
So what now? My wife and I have cut down our carbon footprint and live in a well insulated small home and grow lots of our own food because it was obvious to us that Global warming and Peak Oil were facts, so we are actually sort of OK, but what about the children of the future? It's them I worry about.
I remember only too well the world of fifty years ago and today's environmental disasters would have seemed like total science fiction to us then. What will the world be like in fifty years time if humanity does not wake up until it's too late? that's what concerns me, but that's what your giving us free will is all about isn't it?
Anyway, that's enough from me, I will keep trying to make a difference I promise, there are times when I think that enough is enough, then you send a sunrise through the mist over the field like there was this morning and I know I can't give up; but you knew that anyway, didn't you... ...
Posted by Fr. Peter Doodes at 10:36