Does obsession with plastic pollution distract us from the bigger environmental challenges?

This article based on research argues that obsessing about plastic pollution is a convenient distraction which allows us to think we are doing something about the environment when the elephant in the room – climate change – isn’t being dealt with seriously enough.

Don’t bomb Syria

My letter this morning to the Prime Minister:

Dear Prime Minister
I urge you not to rush into bombing Syria. More killing and destruction must only be a last resort. There is no immediate threat to our nation from Assad. An attack on another sovereign nation not attacking us can only be justified morally or legally with a proper UN mandate.  Otherwise we are opening the Pandora’s box of international chaos and possible world war. We are not learning the lessons of the disastrous failures of military action in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. All justified on grounds of moral necessity and all failed to achieve the long-term stated goals.

Please for the sake of long-term prospects do not rush into military action. Spend our money on diplomatic and other solutions. Build bridges back with Russia. Understand the needs of all players. Let the UK take the lead with diplomatic and humanitarian responses.
Yours sincerely
The Revd Canon David Hodgson
Rector of Wokingham

Martin Luther, Reformer

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The  towers of the town church at Wittenberg ,where Martin Luther was the parish priest in effect and preached often.

Today is acknowledged as the 500th anniversary of  the beginning of what is known now as the Protestant Reformation. Martin Luther , a priest, monk and university professor at Wittenberg in Saxony, Germany, concerned that true Christian teaching about salvation was being corrupted by the sale of indulgences by Church authorities,  posted 95 theses for debate on the university noticeboard, the door of the church next to the castle (not pictured). From that simple act of academic freedom flowed a process of religious, political ,cultural and psychological transformation which changed the world for ever.