Greta Thunberg at UN in New York with crowds

Greta Thunberg
Photo: Alba Vigaray
Greta Thunberg outside the UN headquarters in New York, on 30 August

On Wednesday climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in New York on her yacht. Yesterday she was joined by swelling and excited crowds of American teenagers at a protest outside the UN headquarters in New York.

Nothing to do with Notre Dame except it’s now got to the point that if we don’t tackle the climate changes, we won’t be around to see Notre Dame restored.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/aug/30/greta-thunberg-un-climate-protest-new-york

 

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What to do with the spaces?

former church
Photo: Wainger Group
A condo constructed in a former church building located in Washington, D.C.

“More than a national icon or a touristic spot, cathedrals such as Notre Dame reveal their soul when they house singing and baptisms, confession and pardon, preaching and prayer.” wrote Pastor René Breuel for The Washington Post.

https://world.wng.org/2019/08/room_to_share

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So in the UK the Prime Minister is to prorogue Parliament

Boris Johnson

Having said that it would be silly, Boris Johnson has decided that he will prorogue the UK Parliament and for an unprecedented five weeks.

I’ve attempted to liven up this site with a bit of a joke sometimes but this isn’t a joke, though perhaps it should be. Perhaps he would be better turning Notre Dame into a hotel... (that was a joke)…

I’ve close with John Oliver’s biting assessment of Boris Johnson that I first used a couple of weeks ago.

John Oliver’s assessment of Boris Johnson

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When the great fire of London claimed Saint Paul’s cathedral in 1666

Old St Pauls
Old St Paul’s cathedral destroyed by fire in 1666

Stones exploded like fireballs due to the heat. It took less than an hour for the old cathedral to be lost.

But Christopher Wren’s new cathedral is a worthy replacement. Although it took quite a while. It was started on 30th July 1669, but the “topping out” of the cathedral (when the final stone was placed on the lantern) did not take place until 26th October 1708.

 

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Do we have a chance when…

Trump with hurricane map
Photo: Getty Images

The current President of the US, Donald Trump, suggests nuking hurricanes that might hit America. Can we restore Notre Dame first?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/aug/26/donald-trump-suggests-nuking-hurricanes-to-stop-them-hitting-america-report

I like this headline on this report…

“The G7 Is Just Another Stage for a Presidential Sh*tshow”

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a28815033/president-trump-g7-climate-amazon-nuke-hurricanes/

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Why climate conservation is the most important thing in the world

Greta Thunberg on her yacht
Greta Thunberg on her yacht to New York

Notre Dame may be slowly restored but if we don’t make peace with the climate there will be few people to see it.

Maybe it will just be a ruin where a future race in a few thousand years look at it and say “that’s a wonderful building but the people were doomed, they didn’t look after the climate.”

I admire Greta Thunberg for trying to make a difference but unless the majority of civilization respond, it may be too late.

Perhaps Prince Harry and Meghan should go everywhere in a small sailing yacht instead of a jet. I think Harry might enjoy that.

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