‘Environment’ Category Archives

24
Oct

SHARE BIKES: what a pity, a symptom of something?

by Arnold Jago in Common Sense, Environment, Happiness, Health, Lifestyle

An idea, in theory, so brilliant and promising:
Inexpensive, exercise-promoting, exhaust smoke-free….
The results, in practice, so disgusting:
Junk everywhere, maintenance neglected, pedestrians fractured….
What’s the problem?
The problem is human nature itself, with its four built-in flaws:
Its ignorance, weakness, cravings and malice.
The answer?
The answer is a completely changed mentality – a commitment to loving one’s neighbour and to the common good.
Attention, Catholic bishops and Catholic educators!
The Gospel entrusted to you to proclaim is not getting proclaimed.
Quit compromising. Start proclaiming — by word and by example.
Your God is waiting for you to do your job.
Perhaps we could all have a look at our word and example. There may be some room for improvement.

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31
Oct

MANIPULATING OPINION IN AUSTRALIA: some changes good, some changes bad.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Celebrities, Environment, Media, Persecution, Science

Yesterday someone asked me, “What do you think about climate change?”
I started saying how I’m not convinced either way because….
But he had stopped listening already.
“It must be true,” he said. “A celebrity actor is saying so on television.”
I didn’t try reasoning with him.
If one’s point of view relies on boosting by celebrities on television, one’s openness to reason is probably non-existent.
Anyway, isn’t climate change primarily a side-show to distract us from more alarming and humanly-destructive changes?
There’s a global campaign to “change” what a human being is, what a family is, what freedom of speech is….
Try, for example, proclaiming that marriage is a life-long union of one man and one woman.
You’ll soon discover how the understandings and freedoms that sustained society 20 years ago – and also 20 centuries ago – are changed and gone.
You’ll be silenced one way or another if you don’t shut up.

29
Oct

COAL, LIVING STANDARDS, BEING HUMAN: asking the right questions.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Environment, Lifestyle, Politics

Should we continue mining coal to keep power costs down and so protect our standard of living?
Or should we stop mining coal to safeguard the environment and so protect our standard of living?
What does “standard of living” mean anyway?
What is “living” for?
What are human beings for?
What does — and what doesn’t — constitute “being human”?
Are there things we should never do — even if we could get away with them while staying rich and enjoying a nice environment?
Our would-be leaders talk forever about money and environment — seldom about basic morals (courage, generosity, loyalty, forgiveness, self-control etc.)
They think we don’t care about basic morals.
Do we?
Are the young people in our families being taught sub-human standards of morality via school, internet and peers?
Can we summon up the energy to find out and perhaps do something?

19
May

THE GREENS PARTY: declaring war, not in defence of the environment, but in defence of authoritarianism.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Education, Environment, Faith, Family, Persecution

The Greens Party has – not one – but two spokespersons dedicated to removing the rights of people trying to live by traditional religious teachings.
There’s a man called the “LGBTI equality spokesman” and a woman called the “gender identity spokeswoman”.
The man told the Guardian (17 May 2016) that “we shouldn’t be giving religious organisations a get-out-of-jail-free card and the right to discriminate”.
In English that means “we shouldn’t be giving religious organisations a get-out-of-jail-free card and the right to practise their religion”.
This man says parents won’t be asked for their permission before teaching their children that sexual/moral behaviours contrary to the family’s religion are OK.
His justification isn’t based on justice or reason but on name-calling.
Some homes, he says, are a “homophobic” environment.

23
Jun

POPE FRANCIS, CLIMATE CHANGE-ISM AND GREED: revisited in a personal and communal justice perspective.

by Arnold Jago in Environment, Justice, Lifestyle, Modern Church

The Pope’s encyclical letter “Laudato Si” is about more than climate change.

In its over 40,000 words, the word “climate” gets 18 mentions.

Even then, climate change seems not to be his number one emphasis.

In paragraph 23, he says, “a number of scientific studies indicate that most global warming is due to human activity.”

He doesn’t over-state the case. A number of studies do indicate it. He would be aware that others don’t.

To the Pope, climate change is merely one symptom of a very terrible underlying disease.

That underlying disease is our greed.

He says we’ve all got it — even if often we’re unaware of it or too distracted to even think about it.

The Pope’s encyclical is a wake-up call which every one of us needs to read.

(http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/encyclicals/documents/papa-francesco_20150524_enciclica-laudato-si.html#sthash.QM9TEKVM.dpuf)

 

19
Jun

LAUDATO SI: the pope’s new encyclical on climate change

by Arnold Jago in Contemplation, Environment, God, Justice

The Pope’s encyclical letter about climate change is big news.

No doubt our modern materialistic lifestyles must have some effect on climate.

How big an effect? Who knows?

The Pope says that curbing our greed should improve the health of our physical world.

And that we must restrain our greed for spiritual reasons — because that’s what God wants.

Ultimately the spiritual issue is the basic one.

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The Pope ends his letter with “a prayer for our earth”:

“All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe

and in the smallest of your creatures.

You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.

Pour out upon us the power of your love,

that we may protect life and beauty.

Fill us with peace, that we may live

as brothers and sisters, harming no one.”

“O God of the poor,

help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,

so precious in your eyes.

Bring healing to our lives,

that we may protect the world and not prey on it,

that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.”

“Touch the hearts

of those who look only for gain

at the expense of the poor and the earth.

Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,

to be filled with awe and contemplation,

to recognize that we are profoundly united

with every creature

as we journey towards your infinite light.”

“We thank you for being with us each day.

Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle

for justice, love and peace.”

(The full text of the Pope’s letter is online at: http://www.news.va/en/news/laudato-si-the-integral-text-of-pope-francis-encyc)