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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Christian Ecology Link prayer topic for today

Commercial deployment of pre-combustion carbon capture & storage (CCS) requires 90% more fresh water than in a conventional power station. Also, the chemical reactions of the scrubbing agents would increase the hazardous waste while CCS could exacerbate local environmental problems tied to the extraction and transport of coal, damage to waterways and air pollution. Yet viable alternatives already exist. The greenhouse emissions for electricity generated by solar thermal or wind power are just 2-3% of the amounts for coal-fired CCS plants, while the emissions generated by advanced gas-fired CHP stations are about the same. Cost estimates for CCS by 2020 are 35-50 euros per ton of CO2 – a 50% increase in electricity costs if one assumes no increase in fossil fuel prices. In the 15-20 years required for deployment of CCS, renewable technologies such as offshore wind and solar thermal power plants could already be offering cheaper electricity, so undermining the argument that CCS can be a “bridge” to renewable energy.

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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+