Thursday, October 15, 2009

Blog Action Day: Climate Change

The news out this morning is striking: "The Arctic Ocean could be largely ice-free and open to shipping during the summer in as little as ten years' time, a top polar specialist has said." (from the BBC)

Climate Change is happening. There are still some with their heads in the sand denying this because it would force them to change their ways. I think it is time we tell the truth about what is happening to our planet, that we are living in a way that is unsustainable.

God has called us to be good stewards of this planet. It is arrogant of us not to be concerned about the planet we will be bequeathing to generations after us. The time for us to act is now.

What is one thing you are doing today to help?

In my office, all lights are off and only the electronics I am using at this moment are on. It is one simple thing and is a start. Recycling our Sunday bulletins, using less paper for bulletins and coffee, turning lights off when not in use, turning down thermostats are also easy fixes for us.

The challenge lays before us and the generations after us will know if we met that challenge and were good stewards and lived in sustainable ways, or if we passed the buck to them.

And of course, we can also pray:

O merciful Creator, your hand is open wide to satisfy the needs of every living creature: Make us always thankful for your loving providence; and grant that we, remembering the account that we must one day give, may be faithful stewards of your good gifts; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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