God created everything that exists, and declared that it was good! He’s given us the special task of stewarding and caring for his creation.
However, as we’re becoming increasingly aware, the planet is in trouble. 97% of scientists now attribute changes in the climate to man-made influence, and we are getting close to crossing the threshold of temperature change that will cause catastrophic damage. Climate change is already having a huge impact on our wildlife, the poor, food security and many other aspects of life.
The sermon for this week was based on Genesis 1:1-31, You can hear it again by clicking the play button below.
What Can I Do?
- Complete this short questionnaire to see what your carbon footprint is, and get some tips on how to reduce it.
- Find tips and advice for saving energy in and around your home at Ruth Valerio’s blog or the Energy Saving Trust.
- Read information from the RSPB and WWF on the disproportionate impact of climate change on wildlife, as well as some first steps in making a difference.
- Read tips from the National Trust and RSPB on making your garden more friendly for wildlife.
- Ruth Valerio has written a number of books and Bible studies helping Christians to engage with questions about climate change and care. Her blog is also an excellent resource, and includes a number of practical ideas and tips.
- BMS World Mission produced a special issue of their Catalyst magazine looking at climate change. It includes a number of challenging and helpful articles.
- The video below (while a bit dated) features various prominent theologians, including John Stott, talking about the biblical basis for caring for creation.