Eco Tips — Environmental concern in 1970s and 2010s

Environmental concern is not new, as seen by the poem below, which was written by a teenager in the mid 1970’s, at a time when few would have listened to that message and even fewer heeded it. What is new now is both the gravity and the urgency of the problem. On the plus side, there are social media platforms for present day teenagers such as Greta Thunberg to publicise the problem (thereby increasing awareness), scientific knowledge to prove (to politicians and others in power) that the problems are real and also the technology to confront many of the climate change issues facing humanity. It should be possible to pen another poem “The Future World” with a happier content.

The Present World (1975) Each day huge cities spring up anew,  and cars group together to join a long queue.  Is it in this fashion that we must lose  all we’ve inherited? – And now, unable to choose  In which direction we wish to progress,  we face a grim future, no more, no less. Because, if we look around us with care,  we can see that the world is beyond full repair.

The trees are all felled, the grass torn away,  and new concrete blocks take their place every day. Large factories continue being built –  and soon they pour out their chemical filth. Meanwhile, the air becomes a thick fog,  of industrial smoke, care fumes – in fact, smog. Is it not possible to help at all,  to reduce our pollution and bring about its downfall?

Unity Gospel Choir

Neville Cox has announced his intention to step down as sole leader of the Unity Gospel Choir at the end of the year. He hopes to continue in a different capacity. At the morning service on Sunday 24th November there will be an opportunity to hear the choir sing.

Remembrance

The annual service of remembrance of past loved ones takes place on Sunday 3rd November at 7pm. There will be a form available from Sunday 27th October on which the names of relatives and friends you would like to remember may be listed. It is a wonderful thing to give thanks to God for those whose lives have blessed us.

This year’s Remembrance Sunday service is on 10th November when the end of the First World War will be commemorated in Nun’s Cross church. There will be an Act of Remembrance and an opportunity to support the Poppy Appeal.

Advance Notice – Remembrance

The annual service of remembrance of past loved ones takes place on Sunday 3rd November at 7pm. There will be a form available from Sunday 27th October on which the names of relatives and friends you would like to remember may be listed. It is a wonderful thing to give thanks to God for those whose lives have blessed us.

This year’s Remembrance Sunday service is on 10th November when the end of the First World War will be commemorated in Nun’s Cross church. There will be an Act of Remembrance and an opportunity to support the Poppy Appeal.

Eco Tips — Autumnal Sunshine

The Indian summer being enjoyed by so many in Ireland this year sets people up for the winter. It is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy our wonderful countryside – sunshine streaming through trees, the first leaves beginning their autumnal descent to forest floors (though trees are late in changing colours this autumn, a treat to look forward to), glorious light on hillsides, purple clad mountains, glistening sea and enchanting foreshores. There is so much to appreciate all around us. It is important that we do value our environment, not just for our health (mental wellbeing is given such a boost by people spending time in town parks and wild areas) but for all life on earth; biodiversity is widely known to be in decline as habitats are adversely affected by human activities. Humans need a healthy environment to continue living on this fragile earth so, go on, do your bit to help preserve it. The youth of today are grasping the message and are proactively demonstrating their concerns through participation in Climate Strikes and requesting the government to take immediate action to stem climate change. Enjoy our world by acting to preserve it while we can.