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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Youth for Eco-Justice Day 8 : Global Day of Action March

Today's march was a pretty incredible experience. I have never been part of such a huge march, where even at high points you couldn't see anywhere near the end as we marched for k's through the city of Durban, past the ICC and to the beach. I also got to hold my first placard - pictures of an old lady and a younger man (one each side) with the text "Climate Change kills me". I also helped carry both the Youth for Eco-Justice and Polluters Pay banners at different points in the march.

One thing that made an impression on me was talking to a girl who came to help with our banner. She was from one of the African dictatorships and was quite excited to be protesting because if she tried the same at home she would be beaten up. This reminds me how lucky we are in Australia and makes me almost wish we had a bit more of a culture of protesting. For vitally important issues like Climate Change, perhaps we should all get off our couches a bit more often to show that we care.

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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+