This Month's Message











My Life is my Message." Mahatma Gandhi

Revd. Judith Pollard
Team Vicar




MARCH 2018

Let’s think for a moment about plastic – a superb modern material, all around us in our daily lives. Everything seems to be made from plastic - which used to be thought a Very Good Thing, a huge improvement on previous materials. Alexander Parkes gave the first public demonstration of plastic, his new invention, in 1862 at the Great International Exhibition in London.

I feel compelled to get up on my soapbox this month, something I do try to resist. Have you seen recent news reports about the catastrophic damage plastic waste is doing to our planet?

The pristine Antarctic wilderness, the last unspoilt corner of our world, is pristine no longer. Our discarded plastic such as bottles, rope and plastic micro beads from cosmetics, often pulverised into minute fragments by the sea, is infiltrating our ecosystems, devastating the landscape and killing wildlife throughout the food chain right up to polar bears and large aquatic mammals.

What can we do to improve this dire situation? We may think very little -  other countries especially in the developing world, are far more culpable. But we all have a duty of care. We all want to be wise and responsible stewards of our world for future generations.  

Norway has a well-developed plastic bottle recycling system which works well, incentivising people to collect empty bottles and reuse them responsibly. We could learn from them.

Which brings me to tea bags.

Try buying loose tea these days. It’s difficult. 95% of the tea we buy is in tea bags; in the UK alone we drink 165 million cups per day, 62 billion per year. Tea bags used to be made of paper but nowadays are frequently made of plastic and nylon fragments and polyethylene to make them stronger.  These items may take 2000 years to biodegrade - if at all. 165 million cups of tea every day.  If we all went back to using loose tea that would make a positive difference.  Small changes, big effects.

Sorry about the soapbox – but some issues are impossible to ignore.

God’s Kingdom of justice and peace is always close at hand. This year, on April 1st, Christians throughout the world will celebrate God’s saving power through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus Christ and we will draw close to God. The theological term for this is ‘reconciliation.’  We need to be reconciled too to our planet and to its delicate ecology... for ourselves and for future generations. The alternative - the gradual destruction of our planet – is unthinkable.

Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day when your Kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth.  Wishing you all a blessed Lent,                    

Reverend Judith

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