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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Saturday, May 03, 2003
    The blessing of water
     
    In this month's Resurgence Brian Goodwin addresses the world problem of accelerated environmental decline through overuse of oil resources. And offers this thought in response: "The alternative that science provides comes through the blessing of water". I'm struck by that as I prepare for tomorrow's baptisms.

    Goodwin refers to the school-class chemistry which teaches us that hydrogen burns with oxygen to produce water and energy. Notes that Presidents, neglecting half of this formula, have opted to control energy with damaging and potentially catastrophic effects. And continues:
      The little formula ... contains all the answers. You start with water and you end with water, pure and unpolluting. Use the sun's energy via solar panels, wind, wave and hydroelectric power to convert water into hydrogen and oxygen. Then use the hydrogen to drive industry, cars and other means of transport. The science and technology is all there, and the countries that develop this industrial potential will lead to the recovery from the recession that is now deepening.
    The blessing of water. To anoint our newborn children into a world of bounty for all. A spiritual science which celebrates the profoundest quality of life.