During the past couple of years we have heard from schoolgirl Greta Thunberg urging us to recognise the crisis facing us in the environment. Since then, in London we have had the protests from the Extinction activists. I was recently at a meeting where the focus was on the Church and the environment. it is a topic which is very much in the news at the moment. In my study I have 'The Green Bible' and in it is a letter from Archbishop Desmond Tutu which was written 12 years ago. This is what he wrote about our care for the environment.
'I would not know how to be human, how to think as a human being, how to walk as a human being, how to talk or eat as a human being except by learning from other human beings. We are, according to the Bible, made for family. We're made for community and togetherness, we're made for friendship. I have gifts that you don't have and you have gifts that I don't have. We are made different so we know our need of one another. And this is a fundamental law of our being.
All kinds of things go wrong when we flout this law - when we don't ensure that God's children everywhere have a supply of clean water, a safe environment, a decent home, a full stomach. We could do that if we remembered that we are created to be members of one family - God's family.
We must act now and wake up to our moral obligations. The poor and vulnerable members of God's family are most affected by droughts, high temperatures, flooding, and more severe and unpredictable weather events resulting from climate change. We, who should have been responsible stewards preserving our fragile planet home, have been wantonly wasteful through our reckless consumerism, devouring irreplaceable natural resources. Once we start living in a way that is people-friendly to all of God's family, we will also be environmentally friendly. The future of our planet is in our hands. God says, 'I have set before you life and death.........Choose life' (Deut. 30:19).'
Words not just to think about, but to act on.