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Guardian: UK Churches Latest Victims of ‘Climate Change’

August 7, 2018

By Paul Homewood


From Breitbart:


Climate change” threatens the future of UK’s historic churches, endangering roofs, towers, and spires, according to the National Churches Trust.


“The intensity of extreme weather patterns, including heavier rainfalls and storms, is putting church gutters and drains under strain, and systems designed in the past cannot cope,” said Claire Walker, the chief executive of the trust.

“Looking to the future, the impact of climate change could have a serious impact on the UK’s historic churches,” Walker said. “Higher levels of rainfall in the UK, such as the 20% increase seen in Scotland since the 1960s, with more cycles of wetting and drying, will cause damage to timber and stonework. Stronger winds and more frequent storms will threaten roofs, towers and spires.”

“Climate change is also making the UK ever more vulnerable to invasive pests. The biggest danger for church buildings would be from termites, which are now widespread in France, with infestations being found close to the Channel coast.”

Ms. Walker does not explain how climate change—rather than severe weather and the passing of years—is doing such damage to church structures, nor how climate change is empowering termites to become more menacing as the world allegedly grows warmer thanks to CO2 emissions.

The Guardian newspaper, a major proponent of global warming, notes that the National Churches Trust saw a 26 percent one-year increase in applications for grants for “urgent repairs, maintenance and development projects in 2017,” further evidence that climate change is wreaking havoc on the world.

In 2017, a total of 480 churches and chapels in the UK requested financial assistance from the trust, which bestowed 230 grants worth £1.7m—“an increase of £300,000 compared with 2016.”

Ms. Walker said that many churches have reached a “tipping point” due to the combined impact of climate change, cuts to Heritage Lottery Fund grants, and the end of the government-funded roof repair scheme for listed places of worship.

Climate change has become the convenient whipping boy of all the ills in the world, from racism to immigration, and now to church destruction.

While the mainstream media earnestly sells this story, the public demand for fantasy tales may at some point turn to non-fiction.


Perhaps Ms Walker might care to check the facts before she jumps on the climate change bandwagon.




British rainfall can be highly variable from year to year, but there is certainly no evidence of any effect from climate change, which she claims to see.

It is plain that what actually concerns her is the cut in grants, and that she is prepared to lie about climate change to get these reversed.

  1. August 7, 2018 10:33 am

    This is what happen when people can’t accept reality …

  2. August 7, 2018 10:40 am

    The Grauniad will be blaming the state of repair of church buildings on Brexit next — if they haven’t started already.

  3. Jack Broughton permalink
    August 7, 2018 10:42 am

    There is a major attack underway by a desperate climate lobby. This morning the main BBC news had us under threat of doom even if we keep the so-called temperature rise to 1 deg K: the academic was not even questioned as to his basis or sense, just allowed to spout-forth his junk-science. Goebbels would have admired the BBC propaganda machine!

    I believe that the man in the street has more sense than our ruling classes and would be horrified if he knew the damage that is being done to the UK economy and security by these idiots.

  4. 1saveenergy permalink
    August 7, 2018 10:47 am

    BBC is having a ‘Proper Gander’ Field day
    Starts with the god slot at 1:48:15 ; prying for rain !
    leading to ….
    Hothouse earth at 1:51:05
    from eco twit Hans Joachim Schellnhuber.

    • August 7, 2018 11:17 am

      If praying works, why not pray for “climate change” to go away?
      I liked the story about the Vicar who prayed for rain and got it, only to find her brolly had been stolen.
      But it is despicable that they are even using the “God Slot”, to get their propaganda in.
      Don’t we have any sceptical vicars?

      • Jack Broughton permalink
        August 8, 2018 6:12 pm

        Isn’t “sceptical vicar” an oxymoron, certainly a moron anyway.

  5. Vic Hanby permalink
    August 7, 2018 10:53 am

    According to this morning’s Torygraph, a team of ‘international scientists’ has warned of ‘hothouse earth’ for which we may have already reached a tipping point. Consequences include a 200 feet sea level rise – is this a record, beats Al Gore’s prediction handsomely.

  6. Geoff Sherrington permalink
    August 7, 2018 10:53 am

    Are we at the stage where everything that exists is affected by CAGW style climate change, so that we can draw a line under the lot, say that the original balance state is now remodeled and restored except it is just a wee bit warmer? No more special pleading for particular damage mitigation after the date the line is drawn.
    Would that not make the mass media far more diverse and interesting a daily serve? Rather like the CD replaced the vinyl and so did away with the ever-present and annoying hum/scratch/click background.
    Some like me would call that ‘progress’. Geoff.

  7. HotScot permalink
    August 7, 2018 11:00 am

    “Our buildings dating back to the 6th Century,_Canterbury are falling to bits because most people aren’t interested in religion any longer and aren’t handing over shedloads of dosh to maintain inefficient old relics”

    Send money!

  8. August 7, 2018 11:02 am

    I thought the left would be pleased since they are opposed to Christianity as it competes with their religion of climate change.

    • Sheri permalink
      August 7, 2018 3:37 pm

      They have convinced large numbers of churches to join their church, so as long as Christianity agrees we are evil for burning fossil fuels, it’s okay. They accept the AGW religion in addition to their own.

      • August 9, 2018 11:11 am

        The two are not compatible. I’ll stick with the Bible and not those in bed with the other side.

  9. dennisambler permalink
    August 7, 2018 11:09 am

    I had to change some of my guttering recently as well. I believe!

    • August 7, 2018 12:15 pm

      Amusingly, the standard size of guttering has been reduced in the fairly recent past, anyone with the older wider stuff might consider hanging on to it.

      • Sheri permalink
        August 7, 2018 3:38 pm

        What is the standard size of guttering? I just put up 5″ because I live in a fairly dry area. There was also 6″ available.

      • August 7, 2018 7:50 pm

        Sorry, it is the style that has changed, the older K-style ones are roughly rectangular and hold around twice the water of the “modern” half-round ones. My advice: try not to be fobbed off with half-round.

  10. August 7, 2018 11:14 am

    These experts should take a trip to the tropical areas where there is heat and constant rainfall. They don’t know what wood rot is until they do.

  11. smoke&mirrors permalink
    August 7, 2018 11:41 am

    “…..a 26 percent one-year increase in applications for grants for urgent repairs, maintenance and development projects in 2017, further evidence that climate change is wreaking havoc on the world……”
    Utter rubbish!
    It’s further evidence of overdue maintenance and renewal work due a to a complete lack of understanding of normal infrastructure maintenance procedures.
    Valuable buildings looked after by complete amateurs.

    • Bill Berry permalink
      August 7, 2018 1:14 pm

      Maintenance should be cyclical, like the weather

  12. HotScot permalink
    August 7, 2018 11:47 am

    Dear God

    BBC Radio 2, Jeremy Vine show with Vanessa Phelps standing in today (Tuesday 07/08/18), trotting out a host of climate experts all telling us that this summers heat wave across the UK, Europe and the world is, amongst other claims, the “signature” of climate change.

    One even citing that renewable energy is the cheap solution to the ‘problem’.

  13. Saighdear permalink
    August 7, 2018 11:50 am

    Heard about this on….u’v guessed it the beeb radio
    Not worthy of a read, HAD to listen it through, but worthy of a comment
    Deterioration is a result of Weather and / or is what is called AGEING. Seemplz – but no one pays attention to the adverts !

  14. mikewaite permalink
    August 7, 2018 12:47 pm

    I suspect, from reading local news reports and talking to church wardens, that the greatest threat to churches comes from :
    1. theft of lead and other materials by organised gangs
    2. vandalism , such as suffered by our local church last week , often by youngsters too young to be admonished , let alone punished or their parents asked to make good the damage
    3. bats: filthy creatures, but more sacred than the abode of God. Well the Anglican God anyway . I cannot imagine orthodox Jews or Muslims allowing their sacred places to be defiled by these vermin.

    • August 7, 2018 12:53 pm

      “3. bats: filthy creatures, but more sacred than the abode of God.”
      You right of course, they are.

    • Sheri permalink
      August 7, 2018 3:39 pm

      Didn’t God provide the bats plenty of places to live besides the church?

      • August 7, 2018 3:45 pm

        Bats live wherever they want and are protected by law.

      • dave permalink
        August 7, 2018 3:48 pm

        “…bats plenty of places to live…”

        But there are so many bats! Over 1200 species – a quarter of all mammals.

  15. Phoenix44 permalink
    August 7, 2018 12:58 pm

    I hope they keep going with this sort of stuff. The True Believers will lap it up, but anybody mildly sceptical will find it more and more unconvincing.

    There’s nothing like overdoing the scares to make people start ignoring something.

  16. John Scott permalink
    August 7, 2018 1:21 pm

    Project FEAR with respect to AGW is to continue to have stupid politicians pour more money into AGW crooked science – no bigger game in town. One of the richest part of the world economy is in the eco-industry with the science troughers and the parasitic eco-charities (WWF, Greedpiece, self appointed Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club to name a few) followed by the likes of Millionaire Gore of hockeystick fame.

  17. J Burns permalink
    August 7, 2018 2:12 pm

    Further of antho-obsession and projected narcissism in the wailing left – they really believe that everything exists in a state of perfect stasis until defiled or assisted by human hands. Churches are old buildings, and like anything else prone to an increasing rate of decay with age – the older they get the more maintainece they need. A child could see that, but I think the level of cognition at the Guardian these days is way below that of a child.

  18. Stonyground permalink
    August 7, 2018 2:21 pm

    Isn’t it obvious that many of these buildings are centuries past their useful life? In any other business the buildings would have been demolished and replaced with something more modern. There are many old churches that are beautiful examples of period architecture but not all of them are. The one that is used at the top of the OP here appears to be an ugly monstrosity, if it was knocked down and replaced with a new one would anyone miss it?

    • dave permalink
      August 7, 2018 3:40 pm

      “…past their useful life…”

      Case in point – the Houses of Parliament. Built of bad stone, to a banal design. I would not spend six pence on it, let alone six billion pounds. There must be a disused aircraft hangar somewhere. Unpaid (from now on) Members to bring their own folding chairs…

  19. August 7, 2018 2:41 pm

    I thought that Prof. Richard Allen, of the University of Reading, on the BBC News Channel, actually played down the possibility of “runaway warming”, by repeatedly saying there was very little chance of it happening.
    This of course was ignored by the interviewer, who was continually goading him into saying something more serious.

  20. Coeur de Lion permalink
    August 7, 2018 3:22 pm

    I was the lead for the restoration of our two churches (c£380,00 at 2005 prices) and we welcome a little rain from time to time; tests the rainwater goods and the installed drainage. More seriously, when the Synod agrees to dis-invest in fossil fuels and calls upon ‘fossil fuel companies’ to ‘conform to the Paris Agreement and work towards keeping below 2 degrees da da da’, (by reducing output – welcome Saudi Arabia – or reducing the Co2 in coal? Lunatic) and yet not walk barefoot back to their unheated palaces, then I weep for the Church of England and Christianity, I have written to the Bishop of Southampton (who leads on the ‘environment’) and pointed out the 3 million poor folk who die of lung disease cooking on twigs and dung; also the sub-Saharan Africa disaster area – all needing coal fired power stations NOW.
    Synod minutes had this gem at foot…

    “The following amendment was rejected:
    In paragraph (c) at the end insert “including the threat of disinvestment from oil companies within three years unless they have committed to ceasing oil exploration and reducing production consistently with limiting the global temperature rise to 2˚C”.

    Absolutely lunatic.

    • John Jessop permalink
      August 8, 2018 10:00 am

      As the rector of seven small Costwold parishes (with nine church buildings) I was told by the Archdeacon that the buildings have probably never been in better condition. At least two of the buildings dated back to Saxon times – six were grade one listed, two grade 2* and one warm and light!
      I despair of the willful ignorance of church leaders who are subject to group-think and virtue signalling. The church should be searching after the truth. Some years ago, at a diocesan synod, I mentioned that paleo geological evidence indicated that warming preceded any increases in CO2 concentration. This was not put in the minutes in spite of my protestations.
      As a matter of interest, none of my farmer parishioners accepted the AGW theory!
      I am doing my best, now living in Australia, to try to persuade my current diocese to look at the evidence rather than following the group – think/virtue signalling in relation to the climate.

  21. August 7, 2018 4:39 pm

    The BBC News Channel has been running a story with the headline “Global Heatwave”, which of course is fake news, because parts of the globe are below normal, and most of the globe is within normal limits.

  22. Dave Ward permalink
    August 7, 2018 5:43 pm

    But they have already found the answer:

    “5,500 UK churches switch to renewable energy”

    “More than 5,500 churches including some of the UK’s most famous cathedrals have converted to renewable power to help tackle climate change

    • Duker permalink
      August 8, 2018 2:45 am

      They havent really switched to renewable energy, say from their own roofs, but have taken the Green fraud of switching to ‘green electricity tariffs’. As if there is such a thing as only renewable energy unless its generated yourself.

  23. Jon Scott permalink
    August 7, 2018 5:52 pm

    The only tipping point is a lack of bums on church pews! What fatuous twaddle dressed up in a party frock of baseless claims. The church is broke that is why their churches are delapidated! Fake news vol XXIV!

    • August 7, 2018 9:51 pm

      In the past the C of E church buildings were maintained by the parishes. Poor parishes didn,t maintain churches. A problem in Victorian England .Ancient timbers had woodworm. Roofs leaked. They are now historic examples of architecture so deserve preservation as such. Just like castles and Martello towers.

  24. August 7, 2018 6:34 pm

    On the BBC News Channel today, Sir David King, former Chief Scientific Advisor the the UK Government, said, “Over the last fifteen years, we’ve seen the rapid loss of the ice sheet over the Arctic. Now, even in the Arctic winter, ships can sail across the Arctic, just breaking through the thin layer of ice.”
    He also said “we” had to phase out all fossil fuel use by 2036.
    Good luck with that in India and China!

    • dave permalink
      August 7, 2018 9:55 pm

      I think that fossils like King actually do not know there is real data. Or they have not twigged that it is instantly available to us – the great unwashed.

      • August 7, 2018 10:30 pm

        Yet as long as the people at the BBC listen to him in awe and apparently worship him like a God, he will continue to be given air time and allowed to broadcast to the nation.

      • dave permalink
        August 8, 2018 6:41 am

        The British want to live in 1945, for some unfathomable reason. Everything is sub-consciouslyreferred to that time. An institution that “had a good war,” as the phrase goes, is automatically revered. That includes “the BBC” and “the Boffins.” A CHIEF Scientific Advisor, on air, chatting to we of the plucky nation, and giving us “the inside gen”…perfick! What’s not to lap-up?

      • dave permalink
        August 8, 2018 7:18 am

        There have been recent days when “the melt” on Greenland’s ice-cap has been widespread, but the overall loss of mass, this season, is well below normal – for the second year in succession.

    • Russ Wood permalink
      August 8, 2018 3:06 pm

      I wonder if this twit has read about the nuclear-powered icebreakers that Russia has built – and is still building? Perhaps they know something that he doesn’t?

      • dave permalink
        August 8, 2018 6:03 pm


        If he once did, he has forgotten it. He obviously knows nothing about “the Arctic.”

        This is so British! I remember a Swedish girl years ago relating to me how she had been to a dinner party of upper-class Londoners, who spent several minutes braying about the details of some current film. It then emerged that nobody had seen it. They then went on to discuss a book nobody had read!

  25. Barry Capsey permalink
    August 8, 2018 1:52 pm

    Many of these historic churches have easily survived floods, storms, bitter winters and flaming summers. These ‘warmist’ clowns continually think up new ways to ‘scare’ us into accepting global warming as fact. Sure we’ve had a decent summer, it’s been just fine, nothing out of the ordinary, there have been several at least as hot in the last couple of decades. Ignore the ‘warmists’ -they seek grants for ever more ridiculous schemes.

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