Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Christians and Environmental Issues (8 Practical Ways that Will Make a Different)

Why Christians must act on environmental issues? Dr Rowan Williams said, “Living in a way that honors rather than threatens the planet is living out what it means to be made in the image of God. … What we face today is nothing less than a choice about how genuinely human we want to be.” “Our responsibility is to cultivate and care for the earth in accordance with God’s command (Gen 2:15),” write Pope Francis, “we are called not only to respect the natural environment, but also to show respect for, and solidarity with, all the members of our human family. These two dimensions are closely related.” Patriarch Bartholomew I asserted, “To hurt the Earth is a sin.” Rev. Nicky Gumbel, Pioneer of the Alpha course also said, “We should care for God’s creation – not out of fear about what is going to happen, but out of love… so Christians should be at the forefront of the environmental cause and movement because in our care for creation we reflect our love of the Creator.”

Environmental and ecological problems can make us wonder ‘what on earth can I do?’ But living in a way that respects what God has made is part of our joyful discipleship and, by inspiring others to join us, we can begin to change the world. These are just 8 simple habits to implement in your everyday life (which I also practice) which will make a difference. There is nothing new here but if you follow at least some of these tips, you can be proud of yourself participating in the protection of the environment.

1)     Donate. You have tons of clothes or things you want to get rid of. If they are still usable, give them to someone who needs them. You may also choose to give them to associations. These associations may sell them and collect a little money. Not only will you protect the environment, but you will also contribute to a good cause.

2)     Turn off your devices. When you do not use a house device, turn it off. For example, if you don't watch TV, turn it off. Turn off the light when you leave a room (even if you intend to return.) It's an easy habit to take up which will help you save a lot of money.

3)     If possible, walk or cycle. Driving is one of the biggest causes of pollution. If you want to use your car, ask yourself the following question: do I really need my car? Walk or use your bike if the journey is a short one.

4)     Recycle. Simply separate rubbish or waste into four separate categories: plastic, paper, aluminum and unrecyclable stuffs and send it (or sell) to recycle center. We have this in our FES office.

5)     Bring your own thermos or water bottle.

6)     Think before you buy. Ask yourself this question, do I really need it? If the answer is yes, ask again, do I really need it?

7)     Borrow instead of buying.

8)     Bring handkerchief or small towel instead of using tissue paper.

You can make a different.
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