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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Youth for Eco-Justice Day 6

Today we played a simulation game where we all had different roles and we had to try and negotiate and advice a council around the change of water supply from public to private in 'Kolkata'. I was one of the people representing the Ecumenical Council of Churches of Kolkata. It was quite fun and interesting because we were able to take a leadership role within the civil societies by developing a list of demands for the company before they could go ahead with the privatisation to ensure that the poor and the environment would get a good deal. We thought we had done quite well, but after the game finished it was revealed that we had failed to secure any promise from the company not to fire the workers currently employed in providing the water supply. It was a real 'doh' moment and it was educational because I think we should have been more suspicious about how easily the company agreed to all our demands - something to keep in mind for future negotiations.

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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+