Thought for the Week, October 15 2021

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Our planet is at crisis point – I think we all understand that now – and we know that CO2 is a very real problem.

One morning recently, I heard the following two news items on the radio:

First was a report about the petrochemical plant at Grangemouth which emits tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. There are plans to convert it to a hydrogen plant which would capture the CO2, send it along a pipeline to Aberdeenshire ready for it to be stored deep under the sea.

That was immediately followed by a report on the shortage of CO2 caused by the increase in energy costs and the closing down of two fertilizer factories which send CO2 on to other industries, in particular food.

How ironic – one industry wants to bury the stuff that others desperately need!

I decided to find out more and discovered that CO2 in varying grades of purity is used in a wide variety of industries.

On further research, I also discovered that CO2 is already being turned from a pollutant into a resource.

Companies around the world, including the UK, are reusing CO2 to make building blocks, cement, foam housing insulation and fuel.

I found two examples of companies feeding CO2 to algae, one to make carbon fibre and the other to revive oyster reefs.

‘Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.’ (1 Corinthians 4:2)

We are all responsible for the care of our planet, whether as members of faith groups or members of a global society.

Refining CO2 might cost a fortune but not doing so could cost the earth.

Reverend Christine Fulcher, South Kintyre Team Ministry.