Serve – 4


Focus – Promotion of the fact that life begins at Conception.

Purpose – To produce persuasive arguments that life begins at conception and therefore that abortion is wrong.


–      To research all available scientific evidence that life begins at conception;

–      Write appropriate letters to the media, MPs, MEPs and others about the results of my findings.


–      A search has begun.


Focus – Provision of Water and Sanitation for all people and seeking to Eradicate Corruption and Developing Good Governance.

Purpose –These two areas are key to a country’s well-being and development.

Action– Been part of an e-mail campaign to continue putting water as a key to meeting Millennium Goals.

Result – DFID has been involved in improving water access to many millions of people around the world.  There is still much to do.

Action – Been part of a church-wide fund-raiser to build a toilet block for a school in Africa.

Result – The Church raised more money than the target set, so more toilets could be installed.

Action – Been part of an e-mail campaign to get the EU to sign up to legislation requiring businesses from the extractive industries to publish the amounts that they pay to governments in the countries they operate and thus help reduce corruption.

Result – Not yet ratified. Ongoing.


Focus – Reduction in the selling, buying, distribution and use of arms of any type and size.

Purpose – Key to controlling the amount of weapons manufactured and available on the world market, and thus reducing the likelihood of war.

Action – Been part of an e-mail campaign let by a consortium (Control Arms) of NGOs to get all the countries which are members of the UN to sign up to an effective Arms Trade Agreement.

Result – Still in discussion stage, with several countries wishing to weaken its effectiveness.

Action – Written to each member of the UK Parliamentary Defence Committee with a proposal of controlling all guns, putting severe restrictions as to who can own one in this country.

Result – Had no response. Will re-think approach as to what further action to take.

Action – Written to a number of EU Commissioners and MEPs with a proposal of an Arms Trade Treaty, suggesting tight controls as how much equipment a country requires, effective monitoring processes, and a break-up of defence companies to reduce corruption.

Result – Have had a limited response, from one MEP only.

Action – Intend to carry out more research on the issue to determine future actions.

Result – Not yet started – will do so in 2013.


Focus – Investment Criteria for Financial Institutions.

Purpose – Key to changing mindset of business and governments towards seeing the importance of taking immediate action to saving the Earth’s environment.

Action – Been part of an e-mail campaign let by a consortium (Stop Climate Chaos) of NGOs to get all the countries which are members of the UN to sign up to an effective Climate Change Action Plan.

Result – Some progress, mainly in finance maybe being available to offset costs in the Two-Thirds World in adapting to the effects of Climate Change.

Action – Have written to a number of businesses around the world, suggesting that they put in place environmental policies.

Result – Had one response, from a British bank, which uses the ‘Equator Principles’ – have started a dialogue with them to encourage a more rigorous framework.  This has already started.

Action – Have written to a number of UK financial institutions, covering most of the market, suggesting they sign up to an environmental policy for all their and their customers’ investments.

Result – Had one response, from a leading bank.  Have been in dialogue with them since then.

Action – Intend to do more research to develop a more robust argument to encourage financial institutions, especially in the area of their customers’ investments. Also to identify if UN initiatives have actually had any impact on improving the environment.

Result – Not yet started.


–      The Co-operative Bank has, properly, the strongest environmental policy in place, with external monitoring.  They have still more work to be done;

–      UN Development Agency has set a Financial Investment programme encouraging financial institutions to adopt environmental fiscal policies.

–      Many banks have signed up to the ‘Equator Principles’, which has recently been revised.


2 thoughts on “Serve – 4

    • Hi Roger

      Thanks for the question.

      In the vast majority of cases, I believe that today’s medical advances would mean that such a situation, at least in the West, would be a rare thing. But, if it did happen, I would want the doctors to try everything possible to save both of them and let nature take its course. In most cases, I believe, it is more likely that the mother will survive, due to her being stronger than the baby. However, an argument could be made that if the mother is saved instead of the baby, she could then go on to produce other children. The problem with that, is that it could be used as a ‘cop-out’ for the medical authorities or the parents not to try their very best for both mother and baby. Not an easy decision. I may be wrong.

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