Great Casterton Parish Council

Serving the people of Great Casterton

Clerk: Derek Patience
29 Priory Gardens, Stamford
PE9 2EG

Tel: 01780 753066

December Newsletter

Hi everyone,

As I sit in my office writing this article, we have just finished the One World Week celebrations in Stamford. This year the concentration was on Climate Changes Everything. Certainly, the main agenda item for many nations around the world and dwarfing other national priorities including our very own Brexit. Over the last few weeks our television screens have been full of reports of hurricanes, landslides, wildfires and especially floods here in Derbyshire and Yorkshire.

What's happening to our weather. Well it not the weather that's the problem it's our climate and our human impact that's having an effect. We continue to pollute our air with ever increasing CO2 emissions, we pollute our waterways and oceans with plastic and effluent, we chop down our rainforest, the lungs of the planet, and we do all this expecting the planet to cope with it, just as it always has.

Well the language has now changed, instead of scientists referring to climate change issue its now the climate emergency and the time to act is now. If we do nothing our icecaps will continue to recede, sea levels will rise and with the increase in meltwater many of the inhabitants of low-lying countries will experience some serious hurt. Mind you, we in the northern hemisphere will avoid the worst at least for the time being. It will be others, our neighbours, who experience the greatest impact.

Not a cheery message you might think in the run up to Christmas. But before we get to Christmas we have the four week reflective period we call Advent. A time maybe to reflect on some positive steps we can take to make a small difference. It's not too late to reverse the trend we just need to be more proactive in our own carbon footprint. Perhaps consider an electric car for our next purchase or for that matter an electric bike. Give a tree for Christmas one that can be planted as well as one to be decorated. Take that big city break by rail rather than plane. Its almost as quick and a lot more entertaining.

But the biggest impact and one which costs the least is to be more vocal on climate issues. Whether you love them or tolerate them, Extension Rebellion have at least brought the issue into our living rooms. We have a general election almost upon us, so lets quiz all the candidates on their green credentials at the various hustings planned in our towns.

Lets use this reflective period of Advent to think hard about the issue. The lifestyle activities we could change to at least make a start to address the problem. Remember God gave us a commission away back in Genesis to be good Stewarts of his creation. We are not doing a very good job of it at the moment.

Advent this year starts on Sunday 1st December, it's the start of the church year. So let's make a resolution to try and reverse this climate emergency and make a difference. We are the first generation to experience global climate change and probably the last generation to do anything about it.

To finish on a positive note may I wish you all a really peaceful time this Christmas tide and look forward to seeing you at one of the many celebrations and services planned for our four churches. All detailed elsewhere in this newsletter.

God Bless

Rev'd. Don