Dr. Richard Chartres, Bishop of London and Emeritus Gresham Professor of Divinity, is a prominent campaigner in the fight against global warming and for conserving natural resources, and is one of the international signatories to the Upsala Interfaith Climate Manifesto 2008.
Here he addresses the hard facts and statistics of waste against the poetic London backdrop of T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land and offers a holistic vision for a sustainable future.
Richard John Carew Chartres is the 132nd Lord Bishop of London, being confirmed in office in November 1995. He was previously Bishop of Stepney (1992-1995) and Gresham Professor of Divinity (1987-1992).
He is formally referred to as the Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres.
Lord Bishop of London Richard Chartres faults humankind for acting like "little gods," saying our knowledge needs to be translated into a degree of awareness capable of transforming our being in the world.
He quotes T.S. Eliot's The Rock: "Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge that we have lost in information?"