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War Cry comments on the weather 

The problems people encountered because of the blizzards served to remind us of the impact that the climate has on our lives

COMPETITORS at the Winter Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang will have been glad to see snow when the competitions began on Thursday (8 March). But in parts of the UK last week the wintry weather caused significant disruption.

Hundreds of people were left stranded as roads became impassable and public transport ground to a halt. The National Grid was fearful that it would not have enough gas to meet the demand. And one woman had to give birth at the side of the A66 near Darlington because the snow stopped her from getting to the hospital in time.

Some children, no doubt, enjoyed some additional days off school, and media outlets and social media sites were snowed under with pretty wintry scenes, including shots of frozen fountains in London’s Trafalgar Square and Paisley’s Fountain Gardens. However, the various problems that people encountered because of the blizzards served to remind us of the impact that the climate has on our lives.

In this week’s issue of The War Cry Dr Jonathan Moo is interviewed about the reality of climate change and the threat it poses to our planet.

‘A rapidly warming climate threatens humankind’s dependence on the natural world,’ he explains, before adding: ‘One of the many awful realities of climate change is that it will be people in the areas that are least able to adapt who will suffer the most.’

Caring for our planet by doing what we can to reduce the harm that humankind is causing it should be a priority for us all. Why, on Earth, would we want to risk handing on to future generations a world that is not fit for purpose? It is an issue that should unite us all, whatever our age and whatever part of the planet we live on.

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