In our age we have become aware of the word sustainability in a way that previous generations never considered. We speak of sustainable energy resources, sustainable buildings, sustainable development as we consider the on-going existence of our little home, planet earth. We in the industrialised nations try to drive the whole sustainability and eco agenda because we have become more aware of what it is doing to our climate, to our planet. The Third World has a major issue with this because they are playing catch-up as they try to develop their own manufacturing industries which tend to create environmental problems through waste.
Just a few weeks ago a family from a small Pacific island spoke at the United Nations about the effect of global warming on their community and how within the life time of the baby of the family it is conceivable their island home could be overwhelmed by the rising waters around them. This is down to climate change, the biggest driver of which, is our failure to address the emission of harmful gases.
Switching off lights might seem a tiresome chore, closing doors to keep in heat might seem a bind, recycling might appear a bit of a time consuming fad, all help save money but they also help sustainability. We have a responsibility, a duty, to do our best to preserve the planet not only for ourselves, our children and our grandchildren but even more remarkably for God. God gave us this remarkable gift we call home (planet earth) and he asked we use it wisely, husband its resources carefully and protect it from exploitation. In our harvest/creation celebrations we are recognising our role in this God given task from the book of Genesis.
May God bless you all in this Season.