This Valentines day maybe we should learn to love our planet more. The ex environment secretary Caroline Spelman warned this week as the floods worsened we have lost sight of the need to tackle climate change.
She said “This flooding is a sharp reminder that everyone, sceptic or not, has to think about the risk of flooding, whatever they think causes it,” she said. “We need to adapt. What is happening now relates to what we were doing two decades ago [in increasing greenhouse gas emissions].”
Reactions to the links between the flooding and storms here and climate change have fallen into two camps. The Met office’s chief Scientist has directly linked them to climate change. Many right wing politicians still seem to be in denial, stating its just natural variation. Of course now the denial may have another element. That is if these storms are caused by climate change then at only 0.8 degrees C we are going to be in for a lot more of this type of weather. Not something most politicians want to talk about.
Nor most Christians apparently. There is an interview with Andy here explaining why. We can expect to treat our planet as we do and live without consequences. So this valentines day love our planet. Ideas of how to do so in our book.