The Primus was a guest on Premier Christian Radio today, when he was interviewed on the ‘Inspirational Breakfast’ show.
In a ten-minute discussion with presenter Esther Higham, the Most Rev Mark Strange, Bishop of Moray, Ross & Caithness, highlighted the coming of spring in the Highlands and our responsibility to look after the world we have inherited, and the significance of the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference – COP26 – in Glasgow.
“The reason I am passionate about it [climate change] is because we’ve been given this most beautiful place which we have consistently damaged, misused and abused – I’m not saying I’m not as guilty as anyone of that – and maybe what we have recognised over the last year is just how desperately precious that is,” said the Primus. “We can speak the words but we actually feel it in our hearts now. If we are to continue to pass the beauty of this on, and to acknowledge that we are caretakers – it’s God’s creation – then the voice of the church has to be heard; the voice of faith has to be heard.”
The Primus also gave his thoughts on why people should not panic as the church looks to a net zero carbon emissions future, raised the difficult issue of heating and maintaining old buildings and questioned the need for travel to return to pre-lockdown levels.
And away from environmental matters, he discussed preaching in an empty cathedral, the need maintain the connections we have built or rediscovered in lockdown, and the scriptures that are inspiring him at the moment.
You can listen to the full interview here: https://www.premierchristianradio.com/Shows/Weekday/Inspirational-Breakfast-with-Esther-Higham/Interviews/How-is-climate-change-affecting-the-Highlands-of-Scotland