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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Christian Ecology Link prayer topic for today

Forecasting future emissions in China and other fast-developing countries is immensely difficult as there are so many uncertainties. The Chinese view is that industrial nations should agree to firm emissions reductions while, if developing countries are allowed the flexibility to take voluntary action now, new technology and capital from developed countries will help them build their capacity for clean energy and emissions cuts, making it easier to negotiate binding targets later. Yet China is already the world’s top producer of solar cells and is likely to lead the world in solar energy by 2012 with 30 GW. of installed capacity. Can the world rely on voluntary action by China and India while the rest of us commit to binding targets? This will be a key question at Copenhagen.

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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+