Awful situation in Syria right now - civilians once again caught in the middle of some huge twisted game of chess where one of the players has tipped the board over and left the rest to it. The only people who lose this game are the innocent. Generations know nothing other than war and destruction. It's shameful and abhorrent that millions of people no longer have a country they can live in.
So much going on in the world right now - it's hard to even begin to get your thoughts together about it all. I suppose it can be summarised as "actions have consequences". We cannot avoid the knowledge that how we live our lives has an impact on the state of the planet - we cannot continue to be The Very Hungry Caterpillar, because we won't turn into a butterfly when we've devoured our planet. How we take care of the most vulnerable in society reflects how much we value each other as human beings - if we expect to be listened to, to be cared about and for, we must do the same for others. Does it actually matter what language we speak? What clothes we dress in? How we worship our God? With millions of people displaced through environmental catastrophe and conflict (and you can be sure the two will meld together in the very near future) it becomes increasingly obvious that the world belongs to us all. We are all responsible for the care of our environment and everything that calls it home.
Saw this... ...thought it was kind of lovely. 1.6
that's the number of food packs issued by food banks run by the
Trussell Trust, the UK's biggest food bank network, last year.
In ONE year. That's a 19% increase on the previous year. Add in
the smaller charities and trusts and it rises even further. But
don't worry, austerity is officially over,
so it can't possibly be that that's causing the problems.
across a video by the RSA on rural poverty issues
- it's based on case studies in the Peak District but is equally
relevant to our little corner of the land:
Lone Country from the RSA
drop in rough sleepers last year hailed as an achievement - what
do we call the 165% rise in numbers since 2010? Please think
about supporting charities that help the homeless and vulnerable -
they are the ones working on the frontline, picking up the pieces,
day after day. Humanity is not reserved only for those with a
roof over their heads, everyone deserves dignity.