As I write, spring is beginning to look like it’s here to stay, although tonight, and the next several nights will be cold – so don’t think about putting your sweet peas out just yet!

Extreme weather events are happening more frequently, whether it is flooding through prolonged or frequent rainfall, or storm force winds and named storms. This, we are told, is the result of climate change which is in turn the result of human action. I often listen to the news late at night and David Attenborough – who usually warns about how little time we have left to change our ways – said starkly that it is now too late to stop climate change making devastating changes to our planet, resulting in loss of wildlife, habitats and in coastal areas being eroded with the loss of homes and businesses.

This is indeed very worrying. Quite apart from everything that is lost, there is the amount of time wasted in cleaning up, and the cost of finding temporary accommodation.

And yet, just now on the 6.00 o’clock news I have heard that Goldman Sachs have said that the thought of their workforce working from home is an aberration and their staff must go back into the office as soon as they are able.

Now, while none of us can stop climate change happening on our own, we can all do a little. And it is in all our interests to do what we can, for we will all feel the results sooner or later if we don’t.

So, to the Top Brass in Goldman Sachs (and other banks and like-minded bosses) I would say this. Just stop for a moment or two and think: how much pollution might be saved by operating a mixed economy of employment – some staff at home, some in the office, maybe all in some days for meetings, presentations etc. How many people have not suffered as much through asthma because of reduced air pollution? How much wildlife has benefitted? And to those who say that the small businesses in office or station areas have suffered, I would ask how many small shops close to homes have benefitted? These equations are never, ever simple.

To those who wonder what they can do at home, look out for updates from the Circuit Eco Task Group. We will be offering ideas, resources and help for individuals and Churches to be working on. Here are a few you can be considering: when you next buy a new toothbrush (well, you wouldn’t buy an old one, would you?? Hehe) look at buying a bamboo one. I saw them in Sainsbury’s recently. Yes, they are more expensive, but much better for the planet than plastic. And if you like messing about on the Interweb, try using ECOSIA as your search engine – this plants trees and is non-profit making. Every 45 searches will plant 1 tree, and they have some great videos on YouTube you can watch to see the projects they are involved in. A counter tells you how many trees they have planted -currently over 120 million, and a smaller counter in the top right-hand corner tells you your personal total of searches, from which you can calculate the number of trees you have planted.

Little things, when put together, add up, and the more people there are doing the little things, the greater the impact will be. So never say you can’t do anything about it!

On another note, Bible Study is still continuing on Monday mornings at 10.30 am – everyone welcome. The readings this week are: Exodus 20: 1 – 17, 1 Corinthians 1: 18 – 25 and John 2: 13 – 22, link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81636653039?pwd=TG5ZVjVMNWxaNWpUYnpyS0dvNDUzZz09, or Meeting ID: 816 3665 3039 Passcode: 74475,

And the Circuit Lent Meetings, produced by Church Action Against Poverty, are on Wednesdays at 7pm and the link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87212246881?pwd=VXpyMzRYV21UZ1ZoYlkvc2R4dmV1QT09

Meeting ID: 872 1224 6881 Password: 974333

All We Can also have Lent resources on their website.

Take care and God Bless. Yours, Lindsay.