This is being written at an Electric Vehicle Charger as I wait for my car to recharge. I’ve been listening to the radio talk about a Climate Action Day as young people all around the world strike in order to challenge business and government to focus on their climate impact. Another story is about an Arctic research project in which a ship will be locked into the ice for a year so that scientists can monitor the impact on the ice cap. The scientist being interviewed claimed that we are heading towards a situation where there will be no summer ice in the Arctic and perhaps by the end of the century there may be no winter ice. That is a scary prospect even for those of us who know we will not live that long. We all know a child who we could expect to live into the next century what will be the impact on that generation and for ourselves what might the next 25 years look like – when already nations seek to secure their own resources and so we are seeing preparations for future wars.
Last week I was at a conference looking at Blue Theology – our relationship with God and the sea, the importance of the sea to our climate the way in which it has been so poorly impacted by climate warming. We were reminded that in Genesis on the fourth day God said “Let the water be filled with many kinds of living beings,… God blessed them all and told the creatures that live in the water to reproduce and to fill the sea.” However we interpret that passage, we know that God blesses the sea and we can not stand by whilst sealife suffers because of our neglect. We need to reflect on our individual responsibilities – how do we travel? what do we eat? where does it come from? what do we buy and from where? What impact do our individual decisions have on climate heating? As churches we source green energy, we are undergoing an energy audit – but what more can we do as a church communities to be good stewards of creation?
There is no more time to delay – our younger generations demand more from us.