Churches caring for our planet, our home

A Critically important responsibility of the Church

“The earth is in ICU!” That has been the urgent warning of scientists for some time now.

The high levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere leads to global warming and challenges such as climate change, changing weather patterns and erratic rainfall.

In the recent past South Africa has seen and experienced the dreadful consequences of global warming as never before – eight of nine provinces have been declared drought disaster areas in 2016; the levels of many dams are critically low and strict water restrictions have been imposed. The drought not only threatens our country’s food security, but also impacts on unemployment, economic growth, etc..

Animal and plant species are being wiped out by poaching, over fishing and uncontrolled development; our fish stocks are depleted. Rivers are polluted by untreated sewage and chemical and household waste.

The earth is really very ill and as a church we need put all our weight in the fight against the further destruction of the earth.

Being obedient to God’s call to love and be caring should inspire us to follow Jesus Christ was we accept the responsibility to care for creation (John 3:16).

What is the church’s eco-calling and-task?

The ecological challenge is not a simple theoretical matter for many communities in South Africa. Neither is it a matter of fanciful indulgence among those who seek to respond to it. It is a matter of life and death.
Bishop H Mvume Dandala

We appeal to the church to re-discover and acknowledge the Biblical calling
to care for creation and be a healing community.
Conference on Poverty and Ecology

Our responsibility to care for God’s Creation has been overlooked or ignored. We have acted as if Christ only died to save the human race. The truth of the redemption of all things in Christ, which is the message of the life-giving cross, must be reclaimed (Colossians 1:20)
Archbishop Thabo Makgoba

We reaffirm that creation care is an issue that must be included in our response to the gospel … This is not only biblically justified, but an integral part of our mission and an expression of our worship to God for his wonderful plan of redemption through Jesus Christ.
Creation Care and the Gospel, Lausanne Consultation

Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.
Pope Francis, Laudato Si

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What can an Eco-Ministry in our congregation do?

Integrate “green issues” in the liturgy and in the life of the church.

Encourage members regularly to live more responsibly (reduce carbon footprint), make plans to save and help to restore the injustice that causes suffering in creation.

Affiliate with organizations in this field

Form local partnerships

Play an Advocate’s role for Environmental Justice.

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