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Thursday, March 4, 2010

The teeming life hiding under British feet

Unnoticed by Britons a transformation has been happening beneath their feet. In the first study of its kind, scientists have analysed the soil the country depends on and in just the top eight centimetres, they estimate there are 12.8 quadrillion (12,800 million million) living organisms, weighing 10 million tonnes.

The study further revealed the number of these invertebrates - some just a hair's breadth across - which means the soil has increased by almost 50 per cent in a decade. At the same time, however, the diversity of life in the earth appears to have reduced.

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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+