“For the Church of the 21st century, good ecology is not an optional extra but a matter of justice. It is therefore central to what it means to be a Christian”. Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury
Much of our lifestyles today are devastating huge parts of the earth and endangering the planet for future generations. Habitats, species, water systems are being lost on every continent; people’s livelihoods are being destroyed and vulnerable communities are dying, from Africa to Tibet.
The covenant with Noah in Genesis 9 implies there is a web of life in which all things are connected. We throw away a plastic bag and it ends up choking a turtle. For this reason many Christian traditions even see damage of the environment as a confessable sin. Pollution contaminates the life support systems of the earth and prevents the abundance of life that God declared good in the Genesis story.
As Christians, all our actions are to be shaped by love. Justice for the poor and the care for God’s creation are cornerstones of our Christian faith. If we really want to share the Good News of God, we need to radically change our lifestyles both as churches and as individuals.
The Diocese of Exeter works with the other dioceses of the South West to promote more widely our stewardship of God’s creation. More information on this joint endeavour can be found at Eco Church Southwest.
For further resources advice and information contact Martyn Goss on 01392 294924.
Read case studies of some of the projects taking place around the diocese in our documents section under resources/faith in action. Also download the Trees for life leaflet.