… collectively we are convinced that nature is static: that it has a definite point of equilibrium which humans – by their presence and activity – have knocked off balance

… nature is dynamic, it is constantly changing, there is never a season exactly the same as another

… by observation to try and understand the laws of nature, so that methods to adapt and protect human communities could be improved

… the retreat of the alpine glaciers to the warming of the second half of the nineteenth century

…  If there is any novelty and real change of particular note, it is that even members of the Church embrace this atheistic view