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Friday, February 12, 2010

Festival of the Forests 2010

Canberra International Arboretum Open Day - Sunday 14 March
Last year, an estimated 5,000 people enjoyed the first Festival of the Forests. The highlight of the day was the organised bus tours around the site. The public enthusiasm generated by the tours was clear: over half of attendees at the Festival went on tours and that this was the most important reason people gave for coming on the day. If you missed out last year, here's another opportunity.
The Friends of Canberra International Arboretum and Gardens have joined the 2010 United Nations Year of Biodiversity. The United Nations has declared this Year to increase worldwide awareness of biodiversity and its importance, and to engage more people in its conservation. This year will be a celebration of life on earth and of the value of biodiversity for our lives. For more information go to:
In 2010, the Festival of the Forests is linking with the Australian National Botanic Gardens’ Footprint on the Gardens event and is running a connecting bus service between the two sites.
Activities include:
Family Fun Run; tree planting on Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Project (STEP); classic and antique car parade; kite flying; Tree Games; indigenous games; guided bus tours – hop-on hop-off for tree talks, etc;
environmentally sustainable exhibits; train rides and games for the children; walking tour around expert tree talks for rolling program of tree talks; the National Bonsai and Penjing Collection display; live entertainment on stage.

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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+