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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Christian Ecology Link prayer topic for today

Every country benefits directly from actions within its borders that release greenhouse gases, but the emissions have an effect on the whole global climate. Under the Clean Development Mechanism, carbon trading in 2006 and 2007 allowed $19.5 billion to move from industrial to developing countries to enable them to develop low-carbon technologies, so preventing an estimated 1.5 billion tons of CO2 emissions. But one problem with the CDM is that resulting avoidance of CO2 emissions might not take effect for many years. However, it is clear, despite objections from FoE and others, that carbon trading is here to stay, so that the challenge at Copenhagen will be to turn CDM into a system which delivers real emissions reductions both in industrial nations and, in the longer term allowing for much-needed development, in the rest of the world too.

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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+