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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

'Defence Strategy' needed to tackle environmental crisis

Organisers of the Linking Landscapes Summit 2009 have presented federal environment minister Peter Garrett with a 'natural defence strategy' for Australia's environment that would focus on the creation, protection and restoration of major ecological corridors across the country.
Delivered to the minister in December last year, the communique came out of the Linking Landscapes Summit, which looked at the future of land use in Australia.
The summit is seen as the first step in developing a co-ordinated response to the conservation of Australia’s ecosystems in the face of climate change, bringing together Indigenous people, private landholders and the busiess sector.

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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+