He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Wow, that’s a tough one! Our culture is consumer driven. It doesn’t count the cost to others or the planet. For most of us we are sucked into the ethos of our society: our consumer choices make us feel in control, free and valued.
Let’s step back and unhook. Let’s remember where our identity comes from – God’s unfailing, unconditional love for us. Then it may be easier to make new low carbon, humble, just and loving habits. Just in time for Lent!
New Individual Habits:
· Undertake a Carbon Fast – loads of great ideas at www.thecarbonfast.org/
· 50 ideas for shrinking your carbon footprint and a carbon calculator: www.climatecare.org/climate/low-carbon-living/#home
· 17 top tips for a greener life https://www.foe.co.uk/living/articles/17-top-tips-greener-life
New Corporate Habits – for your church:
· Carbon Fast gives you an action plan and loads of practical advice www.thecarbonfast.org/
· Watch the Climate Coalition's short video for inspiration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qzS4L5BiTM
· Watch Get involved in The Big Church Switch to change your church's energy provider to renewables https://www.bigchurchswitch.org.uk/
A Prayer: Show us how to change
Lord, show us how to do things well today,
So that others may not suffer,
Here and there,
Now and in the future.
Show us how to make our contribution
As we change the way we live,
Travel, make and consume,
Distribute and sell,
Use and reuse
Energy and products.
Show us how to do simple things well in our home,
Places of work and daily lives.
Show us how to protect the world you made,
In all its diversity and goodness,
From our carbon emissions –
Global warming and climate change,
Rising temperatures and sea levels,
The displacement of peoples, environmental poverty,
Harm and destruction.
Show us how and show us why,
So that alone and with others
Our contribution will make a difference.
Robin Morrison (From “A Heart for Creation” Chris Polhill)