Green Issues

This page contains an assortment of writings on Green (Evnironmental) Issues by several people. I trust you find them useful.


Introduction: Overall Approach

Build an Inheritance, not a Debt

I believe that we should not pile up huge debts and then expect others to pay them. Especially when the 'others' are our children and grandchildren, or when the 'others' are the impoverished people. Rather, we should build up a surplus of good that can benefit our children and grandchildren in the future and those who are impoverished today. We should generate enough good to be able to both leave behind an inheritance, and generously help the impoverished of today.

Should we not be noble enough to be willing to make sacrifices in order to generate enough good to do these? When we are in the mode of maximising our own enjoyment, pleasures, conveniences and comforts, then we tend to expend more than our income, and end up with debt. When we are in the mode of self-giving and reasonable sacrifices, we tend to accumulate surpluses that can provide for the impoverished and can build an inheritance.

Ethics, Justice and Ecology

The debt or inheritance I am talking about is not cash, shares, houses or real-estate property or items of monetary value. It is items and estates of ethical, juridical and ecological value. We should so live as to build up a positive inheritance of ethical, juridical and ecological good; we should leave the world in better shape than when we arrived.

These and other issues are dealt with below.


This does not mean preserving things as they have always been, nor living in misery ourselves. Rather, it means respecting the way the ethical, juridical and ecological dimensions or aspects of reality function, and not letting short-term financial or short-term selfish considerations turn us away from them.

I happen to believe that all aspects of reality (even including the economic aspect) are gifted to us by God, so temporal reality can function well, and humanity can be a source of blessing to the rest of creation. This thinking is worked out in A New View in Theology and Practice. I find one suite of such aspects particularly useful, those by the Dutch philosopher, Herman Dooyeweerd.

On Climate Change:

On Renewable Energy:

On Rural Living:

On the Economy and Justice


Opinion Pieces

Green Theology

Comments and Discussion of Reports and Official Plans

Downloadable Documents

Various plain text (downloadable) comments and responses as submitted to:

Table of Major Issues in Response to Climate Change Programme Review Response

Section (click) The principle it espouses
ToR.1 The eventual 60% Target The necessity of achieving the 60% reduction and how that should be reflected in all policy. The key principle.
ToR.2 Aspirations of Less Developed Nations People in 'less developed nations' aspire to our way of living. To 'make poverty history' might be self-defeating unless we urgently set the example of CCE reduction now.
Q2.1 Problems with Relying on Technological Advance Technology seldom delivers all its early promise nor what the early adopters expect. So it is unwise to rely on technology to achieve a 60% reduction.
Q5.1 On Signals and Example-setting We in the U.K. must set an example, and give clear signals that we mean business.
Q6.1 A comment on ETS Some reasons why Emissions Trading Schemes are likely to be counter-productive.
Q7.1 How to calculate targets Targets tend to get missed (e.g. the U.K.'s target of 20% will be 30% out). So take this tendency into account and set more stringent targets.
Q7.2 Targets should be plan-led, not demand-led If we predict demand and provide for it, our climate change emissions will rocket.
Q8.1 Lifestyle: Ways of Living and Working Our lifestyle -assumptions, habits, expectations and aspirations - is the real problem. We must change them. This Programme ignores this important issue.
Q9.1 Ensure Measures do not Mislead We in the UK seem to be meeting our Kyoto targets - but only by shifting emissions to other parts of the world. Our measures should be for global, not UK, reductions.
Q9.2 An Integrated Approach Climate change is not the only environmental problem we face.
Q9.3 Attitude and Responsibility We should show a attitude of responsibility, not of competition or defensiveness.
S6.1 Additional Preliminary Comment on Energy This section should focus on energy use, not energy supply. Reduce use, and then supply will reduce too.
S7.1 Additional Comment: Indirect Impacts and Pull-Through It's all very well making business processes more efficient. But if more products or services are sought, then the total emissions will still rise. We must recognise indirect pull-through effects.
S8.1 Additional Comment: Questioning Mobility and Demand for Travel The government assumes we need mobility for a prosperous economy. We do not. We must cut mobility.
Q28.1 Transport: A Deceitful, Misleading Section The only figure in this section has a large 'lie factor'. And the important issues are studiously avoided. Why?
Q29.1 Fuel Duty Escalator The fuel duty escalator was making a significant contribution to reducing road use. It sent an important signal. But it was scrapped for political reasons.
Q33.1 Aviation Air transport is even worse than the car. Yet flights are being encouraged. Why?
S12.1 Measurements and Structural Mechanisms r.t. Actions We need action, not merely measurement.
S12.2 Global Adaptation 200 million refugees are likely when climate change really gets going; what are we going to do with them?
Q51.1 Stakeholder-led Adaptation, Enforcement and Leadership The government should lead.
OC.1 Religion and Theology of Climate Change Religion is important to most parts of the world outside Europe; we need a theology of climate change.

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Created: 17 April 2005. Last updated: 6 January 2006 uktptstrategy link. 7 September 2008 wind. 26 September 2008 modernity rant. 19 October 2009 corrected link. 7 December 2009 frodsham. 16 May 2011 broken link to andrew, shotwick repaired. 15 September 2014 Major revamp of page, with Intro and also grouping items into category boxes., to make it easier to visually navigate; Original index is still available.