Archbishop of Canterbury tonight on BBC2 at 8:30pm, and his New Year message will be on YouTube too ;-)

December 31, 2007 at 12:41 pm | Posted in Archbishop of Canterbury, Climate change, Environment, Fashion, Lifestyle, Recycle, Recycling, Reduce, Reuse, Waste | Leave a comment

Archbishop embraces YouTube for ‘green’ message

Fred Attewill, The Guardian,

Monday December 31 2007The Archbishop of Canterbury has said God “does not do waste”, in a green new year message released on YouTube.

Rowan Williams, who followed the Queen’s lead after she posted her Christmas message on the video-sharing website, called for a “more balanced future” and criticised what he described as a culture of “vast material waste and emotional short-termism” which “is a lot more fragile than it knows”.

He said: “In a society where we think of so many things as disposable, where we expect to be constantly discarding last year’s gadget and replacing it with this year’s model – do we end up tempted to think of people and relationships as disposable?

In a message filmed in Canterbury cathedral and a nearby recycling centre, Williams also argued that God did not regard people as disposable. “He doesn’t regard anyone as a ‘waste of space’, as not worth his time – from the very beginnings of life to its end, whether they are successful, articulate, productive or not. And so a life that communicates a bit of what God is like is a life that doesn’t give up, that doesn’t settle down with a culture of waste and disposability – whether with people, or with things.”

The message will be shown on BBC2 at 8.30pm tonight and on BBC1 at noon tomorrow.

OK. So it tickled me that I heard about this after I had written my own story about rubbish and recycling. As soon as I find the YouTube video, I shall link to, or embed, it here.

Meanwhile, I watched him on BBC2 and this report covers the archbishop’s points well, but there is more impact in watching him in cathedral and recycling centre than a mere reading of these words can provide:

LONDON (Reuters) – The Archbishop of Canterbury has followed the Queen’s lead in posting his annual message on YouTube, where his green theme for the New Year is “God doesn’t do waste”.

Rowan Williams criticises society’s willingness to create waste in its ceaseless search for the latest and best.

“Despite constant talk about recycling and thinking ‘green’, we’re still a society that produces fantastic quantities of waste,” he says.

“Look at the number of plastic bags flapping around by the roadside, in town and country alike and you see what I mean.

“In a society where we think of so many things as disposable; where we expect to be constantly discarding last year’s gadget and replacing it with this year’s model, do we end up tempted to think of people and relationships as disposable?

“Are we so fixated on keeping up with change that we lose any sense of our need for stability?”

In the message, filmed partly in Canterbury Cathedral and at a local recycling centre, Williams says God is involved in building to last.

“He doesn’t give up on the material of human lives. He doesn’t throw it all away and start again. And he asks us to approach one another and our physical world with the same commitment,” he says.

“God doesn’t do waste. He doesn’t regard anyone as a ‘waste of space’, as not worth his time.

“A culture of vast material waste and emotional short-termism is a culture that is a lot more fragile than it knows,” Williams says.

“How much investment are we going to put in towards a safer and more balanced future?”

The message, first broadcast on BBC2 on Monday evening, will be repeated on BBC1 at mid-day on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Steve Addison; Editing by Michael Holden)

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