The Episcopal Head of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales for the Environment, Bishop John Arnold of Salford, has called for more urgent action on the climate crisis. In a statement on his diocesan website on July 23, following a record breaking heat wave in the UK, he said:
“It’s not just going to peak and then we won’t hear from it. It’s going to get progressively worse. We’re heating up the globe and we’re not reacting fast enough to avoid the damage or even start to undo the damage we’ve done. We have been told before that some damage is irreparable, so we need to reflect and we need to act.Unfortunately, the government is not delivering on the promises made at COP26….Our nation’s policy must take full measure of climate change and the climate crisis.
“I know we are jogging, showing an interest in climate change – but jogging is not enough. We need to start sprinting at this point to make sure we are taking care of our common home and our brothers and sisters. “
He described the recent heatwave as a ‘wake up call’, saying: ‘This week we have witnessed temperatures never before seen here in the UK and here in our own diocese temperatures have also reached records as some parishes nudged 40 degrees and firefighters battled blazes in nearby communities.”
Bishop John thanked parishes and schools already working to live more sustainably and campaign for environmental justice. Bishop Arnold invited to participate in the second Diocesan March for Creation on Sunday, October 2.
Bishop John: “It’s time to sprint to climate action”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqkUbJhN_WM
Environmental Mission in the Diocese of Salford: www.dioceseofsalford.org.uk/diocese/environment/
Environment webpages of the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales: www.cbcew.org.uk/environment/