Ascensiontide in climate emergency

Ascensiontide is the 10 days between the feast of Christ’s ascension and Pentecost Sunday. The date is tied to Easter and so varies from year to year.

Together with all in Christ, we wait
Come Holy Spirit; soak into our deepest being …
We pray together with all your people
Come Holy Spirit; breeze through our staleness…
We will hear the scriptures together
Come Holy Spirit; fire up our imaginations for good…

pause to gather thoughts …

Brood over us as we hear the scriptures.
Change our hearts, correct our course and draw us into your counsel.
Ready us for service and steady us in wisdom,
Spirit away the dullness of our hearts. Amen.

Psalm[s] and reading[s] are announced and read. 

There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection. A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.

When it is time to resume the service…

Together we say:
We will receive power
when the Holy Spirit comes upon us;
And we will be Jesus’ witnesses
to the ends of the earth.
               See Acts 1.8

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
You have blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ
to the praise of your glorious grace,
which you have freely given us in the Beloved

        …Prayers and/or songs of praise and thanks may be shared aloud here…

And now we give you thanks because in Christ you embed us in your mission, and you equip us by the Holy Spirit, in love you adopted us through Jesus Christ: Our God In heaven
Hallowed be your name!

God, send your Spirit: mend your creation, fulfil your promises and inspire your people for good.

       … prayers or biddings relating to this may be added here the leader ending with:

Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

Bring us alongside those whom you are drawing into Life; give us hearts to listen and minds to discern so that we may have well-chosen  good news to share.
… prayers or biddings relating to this may be added here the leader ending with:
Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

Please use the following as prompts for prayer: pause to recall before God the things that each prayer reminds you of and seek God’s will in it.

Work righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. Among those who are ill and vulnerable, ​call forth strength and healing, support and protection.

… prayers or biddings relating to this may be added here the leader ending with:

Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

In our world’s global community, in our world’s living systems, strengthen ecological resilience. Let those who speak for health of planet and people be heard above the din of commerce and the roar of industry
Your Spirit is working:
Your Kingdom come.

You may find fuel for intercessory reflection in respect of creation care here and here.

Be the wind in the sails of our lives and as we are blown forward by your Spirit may we know your comfort and provision.

  …prayers or biddings asking for God’s provision may be added here the leader ending with

Equip us to work with you,
enthuse us to hold our course true.
Send forth your Spirit:
And renew the face of our lives.

We recognise that we quenched your Spirit and resisted living and sharing your good news
… No more: rather forgiveness abound; your Kingdom come.
We find again that we withhold forbearance and debt relief from others.
… No more. rather forgiveness abound: your Kingdom come.

Breathe upon us the breath of life:
And renew the face of our lives.
Make our hearts clean, O God
And re-form a right spirit within us.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of God.

A moment to take a deeper breath, reflecting on our forgiveness.

Intending to walk in the Spirit, we re-engage with the wider world, where God invites us into the ongoing work of creation and redemption, let us pray not to miss our path.

 Pause to consider the hours ahead of us

Who is it that we seek?
We seek God: Sender, Sent and Sending.
Let’s seek God in neighbour and in foe
Amen. God open our hearts.
Let’s seek God in the routines and the happenstance
Amen. God be our vision.
Let’s seek God in our trials and tribulations
Amen. God be our wisdom.
Since we live by the Spirit,
let us keep in step with the Spirit. Gal 5:25

Return to Navigation. See also the forms for Ascension and Pentecost. The short form of this office (may be good for the middle of a busy day) is here.

Pentecost in climate emergency

Together with all in Christ, we wait;
Come Holy Spirit; soak into our deepest being
We pray together with all your creation;
Come Holy Spirit; breeze through our staleness.
We will re-join you in the world
Come Holy Spirit; spice us with the savour of Christ.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.[i]

Psalms, readings and reflection …

In the meditations of our hearts may these scriptures equip us for every good work.

We reaffirm our loyalty to God as we say:

What we have received
is not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit who is from God,
so that we may understand
what God has freely given us.
No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,”
except by the Holy Spirit. [ii]

We did not receive a spirit that makes us slaves to fear [iii]
By your Spirit, You hold us as your children
God of compassion and all comfort
We rest in your loving-kindness, O God,

Appreciations of God’s goodness and greatness may be shared…

Your Spirit hovered over unformed creation, and overshadowed Mary as the Christ was enwombed. Your Holy Spirit flares up among us re-assuring that we are your children, intimating at our core your delight in us, Our God In heaven, father and mother to us:
Hallowed be your name!

Life-giving God, release your Spirit to heal the desolations of the human society; deformed by discordant voices, and damaged by overweening desires. Send forth your Spirit: 
And renew the face of the earth.[iv]

Life-renewing God, empower those who safeguard the integrity of creation: sustain and renew the life of the Earth. Send forth your Spirit: 
And renew the face of the earth

Life-sharing God, you draw all people to yourself, wooing us Spirit to spirit. We remember before you the work of the gospel as it goes forth not to return empty. Send forth your Spirit: 
And renew the face of the earth.

Care-making God; may the eternal flame of your Spirit burn in our souls and warm the lives of those whose lives we touch in person, process or in prayer. Send forth your Spirit: 
And renew the face of the earth.

Let there be justice, let there be peace and let there be healing.

Prayers may be voiced here. Suggestions for topics here or here … the leader ending with:

Send forth your Spirit: 
And renew the face of the earth.

Be the wind in the sails of our lives and as we are blown forward by your Spirit may we know your comfort and provision

We hold before God our own needs… ending with:

Send your Spirit forth:
And renew the face of our worlds.

There have been times when we have quenched your Spirit in our self-serving or grudge-bearing

We ask your help so that we might truly repent
and know
and offer
joyful forgiveness,

Make our hearts clean, O God
Remake a right spirit within us. [v]

Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of God.

We take a deeper breath in as we take to heart our forgiveness.

As we seek to walk in the Spirit, let us pause before the likely events and involvements and the unpredictable happenings that face us.

Since we live by the Spirit,
let us keep in step with the Spirit.[vi]

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[i] 2 Timothy 3:16

[ii] 1 Corinthians 12:3b

[iii] Romans 8:15

[iv] Psalm 104:30

[v] Psalm 51:10

[vi] Galatians 5:25

Advent in climate emergency

The themes of Advent are the future of creation and the end of things, the justice and mercy of God’s judgement. This form is part of the collection of forms of prayer in climate emergency. -more here about the underlying principles for that collection.

At this point, this is a provisional form, and alterations may be made from time to time.

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We will listen to what the Lord God will say
for God shall speak peace to his people
to the faithful shall God speak
that we do not turn again to folly. 1

…Pause to recognise God’s presence.

My soul faints with longing for your salvation,
and in your word have I put my hope.

Psalms and readings. When they have been read, a collect may be said.

Zechariah’s Praise may be said. Here, it has been divided into four stanzas. You may like to read out a different part each day.

Blessed are you, Lord God of Israel;
you have come to your people and set us free.
You have raised up for us a mighty Saviour,
born of the house of your servant David.

Through your holy prophets you promised of old
to save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us;
to show mercy to our forebears
and to remember your holy covenant.

This was the oath you swore to our father Abraham:
-to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship you without fear,
holy and righteous before you,
all the days of our life.

In your tender compassion, O God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace

We wait upon your loving-kindness, O God,
in the midst of creation, your temple.
As with your name, O God,
so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand is full of justice.
and your mercy is upon all your creatures. 3       

…when any further expressions of praise and thanks have been shared:

Gracious compassionate God, your Dayspring scatters the deathly shades haunting our darkness: as your beloved children, we rejoice:
Hallowed be your name

Light is on the horizon; a day is coming when wickedness will die back never to re-germinate. Just and merciful God, hasten that Day and in this age preview your new creation:

Extend your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

Concerns and biddings for the good of the world in silence or aloud …

In that day, the groaning of creation will be fulfilled in freedom and glory. Extend your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

In that day, death and mourning, crying and pain will be no more and God will wipe away every tear. Extend your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

In that Day, your Spirit will fill all things and all shall know you. Extend your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

As we walk the path of your Dream of a healed creation, a peaceable kin_dom and a beloved community, may we know your hand supplying our needs.

… recalling, before God, our own needs in silence or aloud...

In providing our daily bread, Extend your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

Give us this day the courage and insight to forgive others as you forgive us our trespasses

Like carbon to the atmosphere:
We have added to the world’s woes
Like nutrients from the soil;
We have taken without restoring.
Like heat to the oceans
We have sown destruction

Have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us.

 A moment of silence for reception of God’s mercy and grace …

in our forgiving and being forgiven, Extend your Reign, O God
Let Godly hopes prevail.

As we seek to tread lightly on the earth walking the way of Christ, let us consider the challenges to our faithfulness and planetary good neighbourliness the coming hours may bring, and that unknowns lie ahead…
Guide us O God:
by your light to live
by your grace, forgive
to speak well to all
to act on your call
in storm find your rest
in nature -seek its best
Your wisdom to know
Christ’s presence to show
Father, may we be, in this world, the leaven
And may your will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.

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1 Psalm 85:8

2 Based on the ELLC version of the Song of Zachariah aka The Benedictus

3 See Psalm 52

The Season of Holy Revenance

Kingdomtide in Climate Emergency

This season is during November, before Advent. It incorporates All Saints, All Souls and Remembrance and on 30th is the Day of Remembrance for Lost Species1. So, the themes for this season are remembrance of losses, lament, and recognition of mortality. It also recognises the natural theme of growing darkness and lengthening nights (in the northern hemisphere). Officially this season before Advent is Kingdom Season. The title “The Season of Holy Revenance is taken from a book of Poems by Cynthia Hogue 2. For some context on how the idea of daily prayer in climate emergency is worked through, read this.

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All flesh is grass, enduring as a flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades.
But the Word of our God stands for ever.3

Pause to appreciate God’s presence.

Your word O Lord, is a lamp to our feet
and a light to our path.

Lights /candles may be lit

Sustain us according to your promise
and we shall live.

Psalms and readings 

Comfort our hearts and strengthen them
in every good work and word

Reflection individually or together. 

Then a Canticle (as follows) may be used or a hymn.

Every good deed
Every perfect gift
Is from Above,
Coming from the Creator of lights
Who does not change
Like their shifting shadows.
God chose to birth us
Through the truthful Word
So that we would be
As firstfruits
Of all God created. 4

O Lord, open our lips
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Blessèd are you, God of all consolation, you love us and in grace you give us eternal comfort and good hope 5, you give seedtime and harvest and nourish life in the midst of decay; with you is the well of life,
In your light we see light.

Praise and thanksgiving, silent or aloud.

God in heaven; you are as a father and a mother 6 to us,
Hallowed be your name

The nights lengthen, trees leave themselves bare and plants retreat in on themselves. We remember summer, and warmth. We recall whom we miss and remember what is no more. And we pray for life in death, light in darkness and hope in despair.

We grieve for fraying the web of life we love. 
We rail at the losses we contemplate.
We long for words of comfort,
yet find them hard to hear.

We bring our concerns for creation, or for the needs of the earth, people or events to God, silently or aloud. Consider pausing after each of the following response to consider and pray from whatever the petition brings to heart and mind.

We pray for life in death, light in darkness and hope in despair. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth

Creation groans: we feel the marring and lament the harms. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth

The cries of the needy and dispossessed call out for justice. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth

Strongholds against truth and compassion vaunt themselves. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth

We cast our cares upon you, generous and faithful God. In the travails of earth:
bring your vision to birth 

As we seek to walk in Light, you promise to supply our need

…sharing of needs, silently or aloud …

Seeking first your righteousness,
All things needful are shared.

The darkness of night is dissolving as the Dawn’s light draws near. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness.

We pause to recognise what of our life needs to change in the light of God’s Reign

When the shadows we have cast have hidden the light for others,
Father forgive.
Bring us life again

We reflect on what we may need to forgive

We forgive the shadows others have cast on our lives.
Father forgive.
Bring us life again

We cry to the Lord in our trouble:
deliver us from our distress
Bring us out of darkness:
from out of the shadow of death 7

We reflect on the coming day:

In all that today may bring; the anticipated and the surprising, the pleasant and the testing;
Go before us, alert us to the real issues,
strengthen us for Good,
awaken us if we sleepwalk into sin,
show us the way out of the darkness:
fill us with love, hope and peace as we cling fast to you.

In your tender compassion, O God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace

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2 This word can be found in Cynthia Hogue’s book of poems. It resembles “revenant”, the French word for ghost (literally, “returning”), and ‘reverie’ -a state of dreaming (in this case for a better future) and it also conjures the word ‘reverence’.  See

3 Isaiah 40:6b-8

4 Adapted from James 1:17-18

5 2 Thessalonians 2:16

6 See Isaiah 42:14; 49:15; 66:13; Hosea 11:3f; Psalm 131:2

7 Psalm 107:13-14

Transfiguration in Climate Emergency

The feast of Transfiguration is on 6 August. Consider using this form for a few days following too. Many ideas and phrases in the prayers below come from the accounts in Matthew 16:28-17:8 and its parallels in Mark and Luke.

Lord, it is good for us to be here [i]
For your Spirit is with us

     We pause to recognise God’s presence.

Our hearts respond to your call ‘Seek my face.’
Your face, Lord, will we seek. One thing we ask of you Lord
and this is what we seek:
to dwell at your meeting place all our lives’ days
To behold your loveliness, and think on your ways.[ii]


As we hear the scriptures
may we listen to your Beloved.
Overshadow us and speak to us
for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit

Scriptures and a time of quiet and/or shared reflection.

By the Spirit, we hear God’s voice from heaven, In Christ we have the message more fully confirmed. Let us be attentive to this as to a lamp shining in a dark place.[iii]

A collect may be said.

Canticle of Solomon
Yours, O Lord, are the greatness,
the power, the glory,
the victory, and the majesty;
for all that is in the heavens
and on the earth is yours;
yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
and you are exalted as head above all.[iv]

Your steadfast love, O Lord, is in the heavens,
your faithfulness reaches the skies.[v]
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens.
Let your glory be over all the earth.[vi]

We honour you and thank you: in Christ we are your beloved children, with whom you are well pleased. In Christ you are transforming us from one degree of glory to another by the working of the Holy Spirit.

And so, we laud your name:
Holy, holy, holy God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory
Hosanna in the highest.

In the transfiguration, we glimpse a world reflecting God’s glory, we long for transfigurations of here-and-now realities into anticipations of the new heaven and new earth.


Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Give us wisdom to share sensitively with all people the good news so that all may behold your glory in the face of Jesus Christ.

Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven.

By the hopes of the prophets, we are emboldened to cry out for justice, mercy and peace.


Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Sensing the groaning of creation[vii] in us and around us, we cry out for humanity to step up to serve and guard the earth[viii].


Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven.

As we accompany Christ to the wheres and whens that touch glory, be our provider


Your kingdom come
your will be done on earth as in heaven.

Forgive us that in various ways, big and small, we have grieved the Spirit as we have resisted being transformed into the likeness of Christ Jesus.


Gracious God, glorify your name,
We glory in your forgiveness.

Enfold our forgiving of others into your transfiguration of creation that we may continually participate in the transformation of the world.


Give us grace to forgive:
Work your glory into our forgiveness.
Lead us so we do not sleepwalk into sin
awaken us to the signs of glory around us.
Preserve us from attempts to make permanent the provisional;
And from the paralysing fear of the new and challenging.
In the midst of the strange and misunderstandable;
Give us ears to hear you and heart to follow Jesus.
Yours is the Kingdom, the power and the glory,
now and forever. Amen.

We go being transformed into Christ’s image,
from one degree of glory to another ;
This comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

[i] Matthew 17:4 -allusions to the same passage can be found throughout this form for prayer.

[ii] From Psalm 27

[iii] See 2 Peter 1:19

[iv] 1 Chronicles 29:10-11

[v] Psalm 36:5

[vi] Psalm 57:11

[vii] Romans 8:22

[viii] Genesis 2:15

Eastertide in Climate Emergency

Eastertide lasts until the celebration of Christ’s Ascension, ten days before Pentecost.The prayers below reflect Christ’s rising from death and its implications and incorporate references to creation and alludes to the environmental crises. This form is a beta testing version.

Alleluia, Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Our hopes are raised
Life emerges from death
Right is wrested from wrong
The uprising of Love has begun!

Draw alongside us, Lord Jesus,
Open up the scriptures to us by your Spirit,
so our hearts might be lit with fresh understanding
and fired up by your presence.

Psalm[s] and reading[s]. The reader or service leader, after the readings may say:

Here ends the reading.
Here begins its outworking.

There may be a time of quiet and/or shared reflection. A framework for reflection, using the pattern of the Lord’s prayer may be used.

Jesus said: ‘Do not doubt but trust.’ With Thomas we respond,
‘My Lord and my God!’
Let us hear for ourselves what Jesus replied,
‘Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to trust.’

We have these words so that we may come to believe and trust:
Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God,
we have life in his name.*

We set God always before us:
who is at our right hand; we shall not fall.
Our hearts are glad
and our spirits rejoice;
Our flesh shall also rest secure
You will show us the path of life;
in your presence is the fullness of joy
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.**

… Further appreciation of God may be voiced

O God, you roll away the stone from our hearts, and brighten our imaginations with the dayspring of new life. In Christ you spoke Life into death’s unmaking, and infuse us with your Springtime.
God of new creation:
Hallowed be your name

In this world marred by sin and death, and yet marked by blessings and common grace…
Living God:
glorify your name.

Particular concerns for the world and its people are brought before God, you could pause between each of the one-line petitions*** following, using each one-liner to prompt further prayers. There are suggestions for climate and environment related prayers here and here.

In our world’s fractured global community, in our world’s distressed ecologies
Living God:
glorify your name.
In your church called to be, to do and to proclaim your new life to all creation
Living God:
glorify your name.
Among those whose lives our lives touch; friends, colleagues and families
Living God:
glorify your name.

We ask for God’s eternal-life-giving to be known in our world, saying,
Living God:
glorify your name

In our needs and weakness in our provision and supply…

We consider what we need to continue living in Christ

The risen Jesus makes common table with us.
As we make common cause with Christ:
Give us each day our daily bread.
Living God:
glorify your name.

Full-lively God, we come to you in sorrow for our sins, and confess to you our weaknesses and unbelief.

Recollection of what we need to repent.

We have fallen back into the systems of sin and death, failing to live the metabolism of the risen Christ.
Merciful God, forgive us.
And restore us to life.
We have entombed others in unforgiveness,
enshrouding them in contempt, withholding words of life.
Forgive us, Merciful God
And restore us to life-giving.
Let us attend; Christ breathes upon us the peace and forgiveness of God.

A moment for quiet reflection on our forgiveness.

Who will rescue us from this body of death?
Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

As we seek to forge a new future living the life of Christ let us pause before the likely events and involvements and the unpredictable happenings that face us.

Time to reflect on the coming hours …
collect prayer may be said.

In our laughter, and tears, in our fear and our hope, Living God:
Glorify your name.

Jesus comes to us and says,
‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’
He breathes upon disciples and says; ‘Receive the Holy Spirit….

Pause to reflect on Christ’s risen presence and call before we return to the rest of our lives.

Let us bless the Lord:
Thanks be to God
Who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.

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*based on John 20:19ff

** From Psalm 16

***Prayers rewritten from an intercessions prayer in Patterns of Worship, 1995


Curating environmental concerns, some alarming, some a little more hopeful, most have links to help dig into the story more fully. Over time things will be added or taken off. Please do make suggestions in the comments. -Some could become further ‘prayabouts’. Mostly there are no directions about how to pray: these are things to hold before God and over time to get a sense of the right sort of petitions that may be inspired as we pray about them.


So, holding before God

If you’d like to have a ‘signs of hope’ for thanksgiving, this article has an extensive listing.
Sunday -new life – signs of hope, renewal, repair
Monday -creation Spirit – air and atmosphere
Tuesday -Advent themes – order & law, ngo’s,
Wednesday -incarnation – soil, the marginalised,
Thursday -Epiphany themes- water, -seas, rivers, lakes , information and media,
Friday -Lent, Cross – The powers that be; governance, provisioning,
Saturday -Saints – activists, scientists

Unallocated -usually because it’s hard to categorise into just one, or I’m still thinking about it!

Sunday -new life – signs of hope, renewal, repair

Algramo are a Chilean company who may be able to take retail refill from middle-class fad to mass adoption, … they’ve done a bunch of deals with bigger corporations, including Nestle and Unilever. …in October they launched a partnership with Lidl. Three Lidl stores are trialling detergent refill machines right now. Like in Chile, refill customers make a saving, and the refill option is the cheapest detergent in the store. This is plastic-free shopping that benefits those on low incomes… they’re a case study in the Story of Stuff series on plastic… see for yourself how their system works…

Across at least 12 million acres of Niger, woodlands have been re-established with little outside help, almost no money, and without driving people off their land. The trees here weren’t planted; they were encouraged to come back naturally, nurtured by thousands of farmers. Now, fresh trees are popping up in village after village. As a result, soils are more fertile and moister, and crop yields are up. Neighboring countries already are racing to follow Niger’s example. But experts say other continents, too, should be looking to Niger as a model. “It’s a really inspiring story,” says Sarah Wilson, a postdoctoral forest researcher at Canada’s University of Victoria, who studied Niger’s rebirth. “It’s the kind of restoration we want. It just spread from farmer to farmer.” Article.

“COP27 ended with an agreement that a fund would be set up during 2023 to provide finance to countries facing the worst climate impacts… there is still a long road and many political battles ahead to ensure that the fund is set up and financed on an equitable basis… need to ensure the fund operates and is funded in a just way, and that it’s paid for by taxing the big polluters that have caused the climate crisis in the first place… The most pressing issue is building public support to make a commitment of new and additional finance (not aid money) to the fund, in proportion with historic carbon emissions, and to tax big polluters like BP and Shell to pay for it….” Read in full.

Greener steel production: In the Boston Metal cell, “an inert metallic anode is immersed in an electrolyte containing iron ore and then electrified. The cell heats to 1600C, and electrons split the bonds in the iron ore. The result is a clean, high purity liquid metal that can be sent directly to ladle metallurgy — no reheating required.” The output is really pure iron, which can then can be turned into steel with the addition of precise amounts of carbon or other alloys.

Consultancy Crondall Energy has been awarded a share of a £6.7 million UK Government pot to try to use North Sea infrastructure to solve the puzzle of energy storage. In partnership with Durham University, the pair have been awarded nearly £150,000 to develop a project which may ultimately help deal with the problem of intermittency in renewable energy sources like offshore wind. Over a five month period, the pair will explore the cost of using electricity to compress air and store it offshore in the UK North Sea. When such a system is reversed, the compressed air could be used to power a turbine to produce flexible electrical energy.

In early 2009 Danish oil and gas company DONG Energy began to change. … 2008 …DONG announced it would be pushing forward on a new vision, the 85/15, which stated that the 85% fossil fuel 15% renewable split in its power generation mix would be swapped within a generation and that this would be done through closing coal fired power plants and scaling up offshore wind power… in 2017, DONG, which had oil and gas in its name, sold its final oil and gas production assets and to reflect its fossil fuels-free future, the company rebranded as Ørsted, after the Danish scientist who discovered electromagnetism, Hans Christian Ørsted… “Now that we have transitioned, we want to help governments and businesses do the same and achieve their decarbonisation goals. That’s how we will realise our vision of a world that runs entirely on green energy.” -Article.

This yeast oil … roasts his unsold leftover bread, grinds it up and …ferments the stale bread with a special yeast, and within two days, a yellowish oil is dripping steadily out of the lab’s centrifuge. This oil is then sent back … for baking and frying. “The yeast oil lasts longer than palm oil,” he says. “I can reuse it up to 60 times. I even make my Bavarian cream with it.” More importantly, it is a zero-waste, 100 percent sustainable solution. “We replace the conventional palm oil monocultures with a truly circular bio-economy without waste”.

On Nov. 1st 2021, the @_GlobalAssembly‘s declaration was presented to world leaders at #COP26 stating that #Ecocide should be “enshrined in internat. & national laws, and firmly enforced alongside existing environmental protection laws.”

Doughnut economics diagram

Monday -creation Spirit – air and atmosphere

Agriculture’s environmental impact has taken a larger spotlight in recent years, and climate advocates continue to push for stronger commitments at both a national and global level to reduce food-related emissions—especially methane gas. One place where significant progress could be made would be at the upcoming COP28 global climate talks being held in November in the United Arab Emirates. As the Guardian reported, only a third of the world’s countries have included policies to cut emissions from agriculture in the climate plans they’ve submitted under the Paris agreement. Advocates are also pushing more nations to sign onto the global methane pledge, under which 111 countries have already promised to collectively reduce methane emissions 30 percent below 2020 levels by the end of the decade (source)

From this article: …carbon footprint of those things that we can control of 2.5 tonnes of carbon per person per year as the 2030 target.

… what the UN’s panel of climate scientists actually says about carbon capture technologies … Deploying carbon capture at a large-enough scale to matter to the climate may not be economically or technologically feasible. Former Exxon CEO Lee Raymond suggested as much, speaking in 2007 at a National Petroleum Council event: “If you tried to inject all the supercritical CO2 that came from all the coal-fired power plants, you end up moving more and more liquids than the oil and gas industry moves today, just for CO2. So it is a huge, huge undertaking,” he said, according to an E&E News transcript, noting that the technology had never been demonstrated at scale. “You can’t assume that’s going to happen. And the cost is going to be very, very significant.” From this article. There are some potentially hopeful developments, though the devil may be in the detail: will the costs make it practical, for example? And the video there talks about things that could be made with the methonol: -are we talking plastics?

The IGSD paper, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed the huge potential for “buying time” to change the world’s energy systems by concentrating on cutting methane, and other SLCPs including soothydrofluorocarbons, ground-level ozone and nitrous oxide. These substances contribute almost as much to global heating as CO2, …Dreyfus said sharp cuts to methane and other SLCPs could result in temperatures lower by 0.26C by 2050, which is almost four times greater than the benefit of pursuing CO2 cuts alone.

Rainwater across the globe has been found to be too polluted for humans to safely drink, a study has claimed. Exposure to high levels of these manmade ‘per-‘ and ‘polyfluoroalkyl substances’ (PFAS) has been linked to health problems including fertility issues, higher cholestoral levels and certain types of cancer… “There is nowhere on Earth where the rain would be safe to drink, according to the measurements that we have taken… We can’t escape it… we’re just going to have to live with it. But it’s not a great situation to be in, where we’ve contaminated the environment to the point where background exposure is not really safe.”

The world’s biggest fossil fuel firms are quietly planning scores of “carbon bomb” oil and gas projects that would drive the climate past internationally agreed temperature limits with catastrophic global impacts, … these firms are in effect placing multibillion-dollar bets against humanity halting global heating. Their huge investments in new fossil fuel production could pay off only if countries fail to rapidly slash carbon emissions, which scientists say is vital. (Originating article)

This one seems too good to be true but also seems plausible: “As our climate emergency intensifies day by day, MEER aims to directly tackle the most imminent threat, Earth’s rising temperatures, with the help of solar reflectors installed on rooftops, open spaces and farmland, redirecting portions of sunlight back into space before it has a chance to heat our planet. Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is absolutely necessary, and enhancing natural carbon sinks is also essential. But we will break through deadly temperature boundaries before these slow-response strategies can start to cool the planet.” See more…

Tuesday -Advent themes – law, ngo’s, the nations. cities …

“The world’s top 1% of emitters over 1,000 times more CO2 than the bottom 1%.” …this from the International Energy Agency.Their latest piece of analysis looks at the breakdown of CO2 emissions by income, and finds that emissions are grossly tilted towards the top… almost half of all energy related emissions come from the top 10% of emitters – who are also the wealthiest. The lowest 10% of emitters have just 0.2% of emissions to their name… the top decile of the world’s population is 782 million people. If you’re reading this in the US or Europe, you’re likely to be part of it

Investors and other financial institutions should support this call for improved financial governance, and also advocate wider financial system reform, including changing the ‘rules of the game’ so that we acknowledge our economies are embedded in nature. And the IMF and World Bank’s governance and missions must be renewed to recognise both the economic power of emerging markets, giving a greater voice to underrepresented countries, and the need to attract private investment in public goods such as improved public health infrastructure, climate adaptation, and nature-based solutions. Tackling climate breakdown, delivering a just transition, and building lasting resilience rely on forging a global economy that is not just net zero but also nature-positive. The good news is that opportunities for scaling such investment continue to grow. And with the World Economic Forum highlighting ‘biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse’ as a critical risk over the next decade, there is no time to lose. Read full article here.

Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have filed the lawsuit against the 11 directors at the high court in England. It is the first case in the world seeking to hold corporate directors liable for failing to properly prepare their company for the net zero transition, ClientEarth said. ClientEarth, which has a token shareholding in Shell, is suing under the UK Companies Act, and is supported by a group of large pension funds and other institutional investors. It argues a global transition to low-carbon energy is inevitable as world governments act to end the climate crisis and that Shell’s failure to move fast enough threatens the company’s success and would waste its investors’ money on unneeded fossil fuel projects… The high court will now decide whether ClientEarth’s claim will proceed… also sued this month in London’s high court by 14,000 people from two Nigerian communities, who claim Shell is responsible for devastating pollution of their water sources.  Report here.

Corporate courts give fossil fuel companies the power to sue governments for taking action on the climate emergency. They are an obstacle to a clean energy transition and to achieving climate justice …Industry insiders reckon the amounts at stake could be over $9 trillion. The UK needs to drop corporate courts in new trade deals, and exit the Energy Charter Treaty …the UK has dropped corporate courts from the UK-Australia and UK-Canada trade deals. Now we need to keep up the pressure for the UK to exit the Energy Charter Treaty and stop joining Trans-Pacific Partnership.

…A series of complex challenges, including a lack of funding and political will as well as rising insecurity linked to extremist groups al-Qaida and the Islamic State in Burkina Faso, are obstructing progress on Africa’s Great Green Wall, according to experts involved in the initiative. There have been some modest gains for the project, which plans to build an 8000-kilometer (4970-mile) long forest through 11 nations across the width of Africa to hold back the ever-growing Sahara Desert and fend off climate change impacts, but many involved with the plan are calling for renewed momentum to combat both insecurity and environmental decline. Read more...

ClimateOS, the integrated platform developed by … ClimateView, aims to help cities plan and manage their transition to zero carbon by breaking it down into distinct but interconnected “building blocks”. Combining data-crunching and analytics, the blocks are in effect mini-models, individually showing the effects of a wide range of high- to low-carbon environmental levers, and collectively generating a comprehensive socioeconomic picture. “Cities get the big, integrated picture.They can connect emissions, climate actions and now also economics, at a system-wide level. They see what activities drive emissions, and what the effects of reducing them will be. It allows them to simulate, and understand, the ‘what if’ scenarios.” More info.

Wednesday -incarnation – soil, the marginalised, food

We urgently need to diversify global food production, both geographically and in terms of crops and farming techniques. We need to break the grip of massive corporations and financial speculators. We need to create backup systems, producing food by entirely different means. We need to introduce spare capacity into a system threatened by its own efficiencies. –Source article.

Climate change has been holding back food production for decades, with a new study showing that about 21% of growth for agricultural output was lost since the 1960s. That’s equal to losing the last seven years of productivity growth, according to research led by Cornell University and published in the journal Nature Climate Change. The study was funded by a unit of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Michael Fakhiri’s report highlights structural constraints and outlines how a just transition to agroecology could provide a way forward… hunger has been on the rise since 2015. In 2021, between 702 million and 828m people were affected, 103m more than during the 2019-20 period and 46m more than in 2020. The gender gap … In 2021, 31.9 per cent of women were moderately or severely food insecure, compared to 27.6 per cent of men… the world is in a food crisis. because of a failure to co-operate and co-ordinate efforts to alleviate it, thus enabling the growing influence of agribusiness and commodity speculation… to improve what is a dire situation …the international legal framework for the right to food should be updated to include trade policies informed by food sovereignty and labour rights instead of being simply about buying and selling edible commodities… [currently, the] priority is shareholder profits not public good. Moreover, states are constrained in their actions as regards food policy because of World Trade Organisation edicts limiting domestic support and public stockholding, together with intellectual property rights favouring transnational corporations. Newspaper report here.

…soil can break down so quickly when it’s farmed. Under certain conditions, when farmers apply nitrogen fertiliser, the microbes respond by burning through the carbon: in other words, the cement that holds their catacombs together. The pores cave in. The passages collapse. The soil becomes sodden, airless and compacted. More here. …Almost single-handedly, through trial and error, Tolly has developed a new and revolutionary model of horticulture. At first it looks like magic. In reality, it’s the result of many years of meticulous experiments….

Last year, the folks at Our World in Data published an article and some graphics about how human diets affect land use. The conclusion, …is that if everyone in the world ate a vegan diet – one without any animal products at all – global agricultural land use would decrease by 75%. Rapid advances… in precision fermentation (PF), a process that allows us to program micro-organisms to produce almost any complex organic molecule (especially proteins), and cellular agriculture (CA), a process that involves growing animal tissue cells outside the animal. In Rethinking Food and Agriculture, we found that PF will make protein production 5 times cheaper by 2030 and 10 times cheaper by 2035 than existing animal proteins, before ultimately approaching the cost of sugar. They will be up to 100 times more land efficient, 10–25 times more feedstock efficient, 20 times more time efficient, and 10 times more water efficient than animal products and they will also produce an order of magnitude less waste. This means that, by 2030, modern food products will be higher quality and cost less than half as much to produce as the animal-derived products they replace. \-But note this from George Monbiot: “threatened by intellectual property rights: it could easily be captured by the same corporations that now monopolise the global grain and meat trade. We should fiercely resist this: patents should be weak and anti-trust laws strong. Ideally, this farm-free food should be open source.”

Women make up 80 percent of those forced to leave their home during climate catastrophes according to UN studies. They are also 14 times more likely than men to die during climate change related disasters.

…many cities have done a good job at reducing local emissions. But, … urban dwellers consume a great deal of stuff from beyond their boundaries. When a product or service is bought by an urban consumer in a C40 city, resource extraction, manufacturing and transportation have already generated emissions along every link of a global supply chain. Together these consumption-based emissions add up to a total climate impact that is approximately 60% higher than production-based emissions.The Future of Urban Consumption in a 1.5°C World, by Arup, C40 Cites and the University of Leeds.

A growing gap in green space provision divides the UK according to recent research, with people in northern cities having access to fewer parks than their southern counterparts. Nationwide, ethnically diverse communities and people living on low incomes are more likely to live in areas without accessible or high-quality wild places or parks, according to data from Natural England and the Office for National Statistics. These communities are more likely to suffer poorer health outcomes, with higher incidences of heart and lung disease, depression, diabetes and obesity. To address this inequity, a coalition of environmental charities has called for equal access to nature to be enshrined in law. This echoes proposals for a legal right to nature, which have been discussed by the United Nations.

Thursday -Epiphany themes- water, -seas, rivers, lakes , information and media,

Oceans soak up about a third of all carbon dioxide emissions released into the atmosphere, making it the world’s biggest carbon reservoir. And now, researchers have come up with a way to remove carbon dioxide from the oceans… easy to deploy, and does not require expensive membranes or chemicals, write the MIT engineers in a paper published in the journal Energy & Environmental Science. It needs less energy than other technologies to capture carbon, such as directly capturing the gas from air. Plus, the researchers’ preliminary analysis suggests that this ocean capture system could be economically feasible… estimate the cost of the system to be between $50–100 per ton of carbon dioxide. Direct air capture today costs between $250–600 per ton from Anthropocene article.

The Antarctic ice sheet is losing mass three times faster now than in the 1990s and contributing to global sea level rise.

Arctic ice is fast retreating: summertime ice coverage is now down to 20% of its 1970s levels. This climate breakdown is creating three potential areas for interstate competition, threatening the uneasy cooperation that has governed relations in the Arctic Circle…First, melting ice sheets are uncovering new sources for raw materials. Arctic oil and gas exploration and mining projects have grown rapidly… Second, as Arctic ice disappears, sea routes that were once impassable for much of the year are being opened up… The third and final potential conflict area also arises from the Arctic’s prime geographical location. Positioned at the shortest possible distance between the globe’s two major landmasses, the Arctic has long been ripe for militarisation

Reduce and remove plastic packaging: “Nearly three-quarters of British people have experienced “anxiety, frustration or hopelessness” at the amount of plastic that comes with their shopping and 59% think supermarkets and brands are not doing enough to offer refillable, reusable or packaging-free products,”

“US right-wing groups with links to big oil are desperate to stop action against the climate crisis. Now they are trying to extend their reach into UK political debate.” A registered UK charity, the GWPF is one of the most vocal groups in British politics opposing the government’s ‘net zero’ plans and has been at the forefront of recent calls to restart fracking. The Tufton Street-based group’s trustees include former chancellor Nigel Lawson and Steve Baker, who leads the ‘Net Zero Scrutiny’ group of backbench Tory MPs and was recently criticised for sharing a paper by the group that denied the climate crisis…Of the £1.45m that the GWPF has received in charitable donations since 2017, at least 45% has come from the US….Craig Mackinlay and Steve Baker, the MPs leading the group, are regularly quoted on press releases from Net Zero Watch and have repeated some of its lines on the economic cost of net zero word-for-word. Read More

Friday -Lent, Cross – The powers that be; governance, provisioning, forests, harms …

… the UK has contributed nearly £1bn towards the Clean Technology Fund since 2011. Such financial support for climate-impacted communities is vitally important and the clear responsibility of industrialised nations like the UK. However, our investigation shows that UK climate aid is also trampling over the rights of marginalised communities. Read more

Vanuatu called on other nations to join them in establishing a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty, a proposed international mechanism that aims to explicitly address the source of 86% of CO2 emissions that cause climate change: fossil fuels. The President of Vanuatu His Excellency Nikenike Vurobaravu made the historic call on the floor of the UN General Assembly, making Vanuatu the first nation-state to call for an international mechanism to stop the expansion of all new fossil fuel projects, and manage a global just transition away from coal, oil and gas.

An action plan for Cop28 that requires donors to contribute to climate finance based on their capacity to pay – and, in the case of loss and damage, based on historic liability for greenhouse gas emissions – should be the starting point for the next round of climate finance… What we now need is the political will. -Full article. Also this comment: “Yet to be determined is how the fund will be administered, who will pay into it, and which countries will receive money.”-See more.

In the 1970s it looked as if Nepal’s forests were going to be lost entirely. They have recovered spectacularly, a result of switching from government management to community control. The Verge has the story. (A good reminder that the choice between government control and privatisation is a false binary, and the best solutions are often the democratic and inclusive ones in the middle.) It’s not a one-off either, as studies are validating similar approaches in Brazil.

… a peer-reviewed study in the journal Nature in April… noted the existence of roughly 10,000 viruses with the potential to infect humans—the vast majority of which, researchers said, are already “circulating silently in wild mammals.” Global climate change and evolving land-use patterns will increase the potential for cross-species viral transmission as animals that were once geographically isolated begin to have increased contact with people

Saturday -Saints – activists, scientists

The work of Client Earth, using not just legal angles but diplomatic ones to push for the end of coal, will continue to be really significant next year. Comfortingly, that extends far beyond Europe to very-hard-to-read China, where Client Earth claims to have trained 1,000 judges and prosecutors on regional pollution laws.

Science shows that to avoid ecological meltdown we need a two-third reduction in the impact of consumption in just 10 years, starting with rich countries. And yet, even our best examples of sustainable society still show huge and growing consumption emissions. This is because on their own, better technology and policy can’t green fast enough to keep up, when our mindsets, our cultures and our economic, political, technical and education systems are focused on more stuff.” -a movement where you take the jump—a movement fittingly named The JUMP.

So it’s not enough to just cut direct emissions, we also have to cut the footprint of all the stuff that we consume… biggest source of emissions is a usual suspect – buildings and infrastructure. Here, the first thing to do is use less steel and concrete, substituting lower carbon materials and just building less …food, at 13 percent of emissions, actually has a bigger carbon impact in cities than cars. So we have to cut waste, eat less meat and dairy (preferably none), and even limit calories. I suspect that this will be a hard sell. … upfront emissions of building cars matters, totally a third of their total emissions. So we need to cut the numbers significantly (ambitiously, to zero), make them last longer, and reduce their weight by half, which could be done easily by banning SUVs and light trucks for non-commercial uses. …clothing and textiles have 4 percent of total emissions. It’s twice as high as aviation. So no more big shopping sprees for fast fashion; ambitiously, no more than three new items per year. Full article here. Also:  The single biggest factor in the carbon footprint in our cities isn’t the amount of insulation in our walls, it’s the zoning.

The youth movement has moved on from school strikes …. We cannot have another Cop that holds them at arms length. Cop27 in Egypt must have proper representation built into the structure (in 2018 UN protocols were changed to allow youth leaders to participate in more of the process, but they still don’t have a seat in negotiations).

Unallocated, so far …

Footprints of 10 Countries
Hot or Cool Institute

But as the table shows, some people are not even close to this. The Canadians, with a lifestyle pretty close to that of Americans, lead at 14.2 tonnes per year, followed by Finland. [I think that this may illustrate the impact of dairy produce]

Hot or Cool Institute

Some of the differences between countries are surprising: Canada consumes more of everything, even more meat than Brazil.

Something to pray to see more of expressed in the life of the world.