On this episode we speak with theology professor and climate change activist Timothy Gorringe about the climate crisis. Towards the end of last year the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change released a pretty bleak report. In summary, the report said that the situation is much worse than we previously thought, and unless we reduce global carbon emissions to zero by 2050, then by the end of this century the earth will be a very hostile place to live. 

So we ask Prof. Gorringe how we are meant to respond? How can we as individuals radically reduce our carbon footprint? And how can we put pressures on government to move towards creating a carbon neutral society? And we ponder the theology of the potential collapse of human civilisation.

After the interview, Nomad hosts Tim Nash and Nick Thorley try to process everything Prof. Gorringe said, and figure out what all this means for the ongoing evolution of their faith and lifestyle.

Interview begins at 22m 50s

Image taken by Tim Nash. Used with permission.


The World Made Otherwise: Sustaining Humanity in a Threatened World


The Soil


“There are lots of people who think I’m right about climate change who think that denial is the key thing. And if you’re in denial, that stems from the fact that the problems are so overwhelming that there’s nothing you can really do about it, so you put your head in the sand. I’m skeptical about the denial proposition, actually. It seems to me that these other things – the priority of pleasure, the inability to understand the magnitude of the crisis that we’re facing – those things are more significant.”

“What’s incumbent on us to find ways to live co-operatively rather than competitively. As a society – as an economy – we’re organized around competition. So, the idea is that competition is good for all of us. A little bit of competition – races in primary school and perhaps even at the Olympics – [is] not such a disaster. But by in large, human beings thrive with co-operation.” 


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  1. Jacqui Mar 29, 2019

    Wow! It’s Autumn in Australia and 27 degree celsius in Melbourne (that isn’t right). I can’t remember the last time we had decent rain.
    I struggled with this episode because I went on a trip at the beginning of the year to Israel and then onto England to visit family and friends (first time back in 12 years). And now my carbon footprint is what?!
    I have to keep reminding myself I am one of the rich ones in terms of my carbon footprint.
    Thank you for this episode. Glad you are on the mend Tim.

    • Nice to hear from you, Jacqui.
      The seasons are all over the place in the UK as well. Winter lasted for about two weeks this year. It’s all rather concerning.
      It’s relatively easy for me and Hannah to give up flying, as we’re simply giving up oversees holidays. I appreciate though it’s a much trickier issue if you’ve got family oversees. And the environmentalists adage “live near the people you love” isn’t always as simple as it sounds.

  2. LP Dion Apr 8, 2019

    My initial reaction was one of pushback, but instead I’m going to ask if you would provide a link to that carbon footprint calculator you referenced.

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