Tuesday, September 09, 2008

The Church Times - it's just not green

Cranmer takes The Church Times – in a vicarious kind of way – and accords with those who find it the epitome of the via media established, which has been termed ‘The Independent at Prayer’. One might therefore think that it ought to be more in-tune with the green zeitgeist of the cult of Mother Earth which is obsessing politicians across the political spectrum and also Anglican clerics of all hues.

If the planet is so near its end that bishops are persuaded to forsake their chauffeur-driven cars and their frequent flights to foreign lands for theological enlightenment and spiritual edification, then all the more ought The Church Times do its bit to steward the Earth a little more responsibly.

But Cranmer has received a missive from one of its subscribers who is most frustrated with an apparently trivial issue, which is not at all so.

She would like to subscribe to The Church Times online edition only, which she deems (rightly and obviously) to be an ‘ecologically friendly’ choice. Since even the heathen capitalists who run Britain’s utilities offer discounts for paperless billing, one might have thought that The Church Times - being concerned with its obligations bequeathed in Genesis to steward responsibly - would have offered this at a lower subscription rate than the print version. It is, after all, saving on printing and postage costs, not to mention diminishing the use of energy and the exploitation of Earth’s natural and finite resources.

But, alas, it is not so. Both subscriptions cost £65 per annum.

Could The Church Times please pay Cranmer a visit and explain why it is offering no incentive at all for its subscribers to ‘go green’? Are any of its journalists familiar with the Assisi Declaration?


Anonymous hear o israel said...

your grace , as ever the devil is in the ecological consiqnence .

paper once made and printed can go onto be reused and recycled .

electronic medium re quires electricity and once made can be copied and shared free.

it may well be that should the church times become an internet edition that revenues would fall .

An electronic blog does not have the same requirements that the main source of official information to the clergy has to use.

it is interesting to note that very little is said about how much the global electronic telecommunications industry contributes to global warming anyone would think that it must be such a hideous figure , that they dont want to mention it .

i often wonder how did we fill our lives before and it does seem that pews have emptied in direct correlation to media mass consumption

9 September 2008 at 21:38  
Anonymous hear o israel said...

seems as though cardinal newman is being portrayed a gay icon as well as the greatest roman catholic convert.

same sex partnership ?? same gender partnership would surely be kinder .

10 September 2008 at 00:04  
Blogger Peter Carrell said...

Your Grace might be advised to consider taking the e-version of the Church of England newspaper which your humble correspondent has recently subscribed to for the princely sum of 10 pounds.

Perhaps the Independent at Prayer is immune to the pressures of competitive pricing?

10 September 2008 at 04:05  
Blogger Little Black Sambo said...

If you subscribe to Jezebel's Trumpet you are contributing to the livelihood of such people as Giles Fraser and Andrew Brown. Does that not deter you?

10 September 2008 at 12:13  
Blogger Holy Smoke said...

Whoever said technology comes cheap. Just ask Mr. Gates how he amassed his fortune. If you buy a computer or software you are soon caught up in the vicious upgrading cycle. Maybe the printed paper is actually subsidizing the online version for now.

10 September 2008 at 14:10  
Anonymous Fran said...

Hear O Israel

Myriad organisations are encouraging green-ness by eschewing paper copies for internet copies. And newspapers are freely and photocopied (almost free). Methinks it would be far easier to trace breaches of copywright on the internet!

Or could it be that some Church Times employees are sheltering here under pseudonyms ...

10 September 2008 at 19:24  
Blogger John M Ward said...

As someone who has for years refused to take magazines (and some other publications) in printed form, I am very much in favour of offering incentives to others to follow suit.

The pros and cons, and the whys and wherefores that commenters here have expressed have been very helpful, and I am grateful for the "ammo" that at least some of them have provided in pursuance of this policy.

I have always believed in leading by example, and it has paid off on a number of occasions, here in the political field.

Now it is for the church to move in a similar direction, hopefully eventually defaulting to electronic versions and print available only by special request (as I achieved with our Electoral Registers, for example).

10 September 2008 at 23:37  

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