Friday, December 18, 2009
With all the sudden interest in the enviroment, there are some issues that must be addressed.
Is this goin to create further inequality between the rich and the poor, where developing countries and poor people are made to carry the burden created by 20% of the world.
Poverty is linked to the exploitation of earth and even the entire system of how the world operates. If we are unable to care for others, then how are we able to care for earth. We need to make sure those who should be held accountable are. We need to ask questions such as who really is goin to benefit and do I trust what I am being told. Doesn't the entire way we live have to change.
Everyone has the freedom to make choices with where they are placed in this world, you can choose to do the best you can with the life your've been given. Every small but significant act counts, simply by reducing, reusing and recycling adds up. Everyone can make a difference and everyone should say that they done what they could. A question to ask yourself, is what attitude do you carry, victory or defeated.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change has started and will no doubt dominate our news media for the next fortnight (unless of course there is something more newsworthy from the camp of Tiger Woods). What do you make of it? Is it simply a lot of career-making scientific scaremongering or is it a real issue of justice (present and future) that we should engage with?
THE SALVATION ARMY AFFIRMS THAT WE MUST ADOPT LARGE SCALE AND PERMANENT CHANGES IN ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOUR TOWARDS GOD’S CREATION. IF WE FAIL TO DO THIS,WE RISK THE LIVES OF THE WEAKEST AND MOST VULNERABLE — ESPECIALLY CHILDREN AND THE ELDERLY.
The Salvation Army believes that, as people made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27), we have a responsibility to use the resources of the earth in a way that ensures that people in this and future generations do not suffer from poverty or injustice. This is part of our stewardship of the earth and our love of others. In the modern world, Christian stewardship implies large-scale and permanent changes in attitudes and behaviour towards God’s creation, so that we begin to “replenish the earth” (Gen. 1:28).
Responsibility was given to humanity to “cultivate and keep” the earth (Gen. 2:15), but humanity has destroyed or is destroying much of God’s creation (Isaiah 24: 4,5).
God’s instruction to “subdue” the earth and “rule” over every living thing (Gen. 1:28) cannot be interpreted to justify exploitation. God gave His people rights and privileges, but these included duties and responsibilities.
Given the finite resources of the world and its expanding population, together with the impact of industrial and rural activities, development must take account of the need to preserve the earth — an exercise in responsible stewardship.
Therefore Salvationists believe the following principles:
- concern and regard for all life forms, not only human life
- a striving for a more responsible lifestyle in order to do less damage to the environment
- investment in regeneration, taking a long-term view rather than short-term xpediency in thought and action
- care for those who become the victims of the need for environmental stewardship, or who are the victims of environmental vandalism.
Salvationists are encouraged to consider seriously their personal responsibility for the environment by taking practical steps to regenerate and conserve God’s creation" (Cited at http://www.arrcc.org.au/).
What is your take on Climate Change? Is it changing how you live, work and worship?