Lonesome George passed away today. If you don’t know who George was, he was about a century old and the last Giant Tortoise from the island of Pinta in the Galapagos. His comrades became extinct decades ago due to human hunting and the importation of wild goats which destroyed the ecosystem that the tortoises depended on.
George’s death coincided with the failure of Rio20+ the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to achieve much tangible progress towards its stated goal.
What is your attitude to the environmental debate?What if anything is your church saying or doing? What, if any, are theological resources that you have found helpful?
On the one hand are the apocalyptic warnings of coming catastrophe – the ruthless exploitation of the planet, the despoilation of the oceans and the collapse of global fish stocks, the melting of the Arctic and the impact of global warming. Humanity as ‘homo rapens’ – raper of the earth. Overly pessimistic gloom? Humanity hating hyperbole? Or prophetic critique of human pride, destructiveness and stupidity?
On the other hand are the critics of the green movement and those who warn of global warming. People who either deny the problem or who put their hope in innovation and technology to counter its effects. Naive idealism? Self-interested complacency of the rich? Or realistic trust in human ingenuity?
Comments, as ever, welcome.