The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has sounded an important warning about the danger of being complacent about climate change.
In a lecture given at York Minster on Wednesday he reminded us that the providence of God does not mean that he will always intervene to protect us from the outcomes of our our selfishness and greed.
“I think that to suggest that God might intervene to protect us from the corporate folly of our practices is as unchristian and unbiblical as to suggest that he protects us from the results of our individual folly or sin,” he said.
“God’s faithfulness stands, assuring us that even in the most appalling disaster love will not let us go - but it will not be a safety net that guarantees a happy ending in this world.”
I was very pleased to see Dr Williams urging the world to remember the most important moral dimension of climate change, namely that the “poorest and most vulnerable and our children and grandchildren would pay the heaviest price for climate change”. (But I’ve said that before)
The present global economic slump is giving our politicians all the excuse they need to ignore the urgency of the threat posed by global warming. It is right that the church should take a prophetic stand.