What about saving the planet?

Aim: To explore the responsibility of Christians to care for Creation

What the Bible says
Psalm 24:1-2
Genesis 1:26-28
Genesis 2:15
Leviticus 25:23
Romans 8:19-22
Romans 13:10

The most important issues
Clean and renewable energy sources, nuclear power and green technologies.
Global warming: fossil fuels and carbon footprints, climate change and its impacts
Pollution: water & air & light: the ozone layer; e.g. acid rain; persistent organic pollutants; microbeads
Conservation and ecology: habitats, fisheries, metals and minerals, mining and fracking.
Biodiversity and species depletion, protecting wildlife, deforestation.
Sustainable and ethical food production: genetic engineering and genetically modified organisms.
Consumerism and minimising waste, recycling, landfill, hazardous waste.
Population balance for both animal and human populations.
The impacts of any of these issues on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.
The balance between caring for and saving the planet and caring for and saving people

DO NOT Turn a blind eye – fossil fuels are running out – oil will soon be too precious to burn
DO NOT Burden the developing nations with the problem of global warming
DO NOT Pursue “solutions” which save the planet but hurt people.
DO Pursue sensible new technologies: fuel cells; nuclear fission to bridge the gap until nuclear fusion
DO Care for the victims of global warming
DO PLAY YOUR PART: Saving electricity: turn it off, turn it down, go solar. Recycle. Shop wisely: avoid food waste; consider food miles. Drive wisely; fly wisely.

There is an excellent introductory article by Howard Snyder at http://www.christiansforthemountains.org/snyder_creationhealedkc_rev_.pdf
Don’t miss Global Warming – What should be done? See http://pbthomas.com/blog/?p=210
Reading lists at http://www.tyndale.ca/seminary/mtsmodular/reading-rooms/ethics/creation

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