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Monday, September 14, 2009

Calling on YOU to Decide the Future of the World

We all know polling booths strike fear into the hearts of politicians. Imagine their faces when they see over 330 climate polling booths and tens of thousands of online votes, organised by young people, for young people, this week, in the world's first youth climate vote.

Less than 3 hours in to Youth Decide voting week and already over 1,000 votes have been cast. Vote for the world you want to inherit now at:

Building a movement big enough to overcome all the barriers to solving climate change will not be easy. Make no mistake what we're up against.

We're up against the stereotype that our generation doesn't care about these issues - that young people don't have anything to say, and that if we do, we should wait our turn until we're old enough to be taken seriously.

And we're not just up against the coal, oil, gas, aluminium, cement, electricity generation and mining industries - but also our own doubts about whether we really can make a difference. Do you think we can?

The Australian Youth Climate Coalition and World Vision, through this Youth Decide vote, have created the chance for young Australians to lay our cards on the table and express what kind of future we want to choose.

This campaign is original and creative enough to cut through. We can present a unified youth voice calling for a very different kind of future to the path we're currently on.

Voting opens Monday 14th and closes Monday 21st September and if you're aged 12 - 29 and live in Australia you're eligible to vote.

Please vote right now in Youth Decide - and make sure all your friends vote as well.

Choose wisely - it's your future,

Ellen, Nathan, Dan, Anna, Amanda, Alana, Ella, Gemma, Kirsty, Sophie, Sasha, Tash and the rest of the team

P.S. If you're aged 12 - 29 and think our generation has the right to a voice in the kind of world we want to inherit, vote here in Australia's first national youth climate vote.

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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+