God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself,
and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings;
he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature.
He created them male and female.
God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”
What is clear is that we are responsible for the Earth, God’s creation. This is reflected in the fifth article of mission produced by the Anglican Communion in the 1980’s, “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.”
Many in our churches have been environmentally conscious for some years but many still have a long way to go and we can all probably do something different which would help fulfil our responsibility. It can be as simple as replacing a blown bulb with an energy saving type, and recycling more. There are many resources available and good advice which can be sought. Do look at the resources available through this website and related links. There is a wealth of information available to help.
It is also important to realise that many environmentally friendly actions can also lead to a financial saving, and in this current economic climate has got to be a good message.
For more information and help contact the Diocesan Rural and Environment Officer, the Rev Mark Betson, 01403 891367.