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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Christian Ecology Link prayer topic for today

Forests act as carbon sinks: trees and soils absorb carbon from the atmosphere and store it away. If forests are left intact, they could play a crucial in offsetting our carbon emissions. Under the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation & Forest Degradation programme (REDD) developing countries will be paid for reducing emissions, but much remains to be decided before the scheme is finalised at Copenhagen in December. For example,

* How can REDD projects be monitored and verified in remoter parts of developing countries?
* How can agroforestry contribute to a solution?
* What are the real costs to developing countries in avoiding deforestation?
* Should greater emphasis be put on reforestation and growth in forest carbon stocks?
* Have developing countries the capacity to trade effectively in carbon markets?

There is an urgent need for prayer on all these issues. Copenhagen is our last chance for an effective climate agreement.

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Important Lessons from the Bible

Why Jesus came:
"that the world might be saved through him"
John 3:17

Who Jesus is going to use to save the world:
"For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God."
Romans 8:19

Our role on earth:
"The LORD God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it."
Genesis 2:15

The Five Pillars of A Christian Theology of Sustainability

1. God is the creator, sustainer and redeemer of creation.

2. Covenantal Stewardship (we have a covenant with God as stewards of the earth).

3. The creation-fall-redemption paradigm (God made a good world; human failure broke the relationships between god, man and creation; Christ provides hope for all creation).

4.Bodily resurrection(we will rise with bodies, not as spirits)

5.New Creation (a new Heaven and new Earth refers to a renewal and an earthing of heaven, not starting over).

Adapted from When Enough is Enough: A Christian Framework for Environmental Sustainability, Edited by R.J. Berry, Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 2007, Nottingham p43+