25 July 2021: Nations who care
Today we had the final sermon in our series on caring for God’s creation. It was given by one of our fellow lay ministers on the theme “Nations who care”.
The Gospel reading was the feeding of the 5,000. The preacher pointed out that dealing with climate change might seem impossible but so did feeding those 5,000 people. God can use the things we offer in ways we can’t even dream about. Our modest individual contributions can be multiplied in the hands of God.
Greta Thunberg is an example. Starting with her own personal “school strike” in protest against climate change, she started a worldwide movement and addressed the United Nations.
Friends of the Earth have listed six areas of concern for governments to address:
- Transport: to stop expansion of airports, phase out petrol and diesel cars, improve public transport and encourage its use.
- Power: to stop using coal, oil and gas and work harder to achieve renewable energy from the wind, sun and sea.
- Buildings and homes: to improve home insulation and heat homes by electricity provided from renewable sources.
- Trees and food: to increase the number of trees and support nature-friendly farming.
- Consumption: to reshape our economy so that we waste less food and don’t use single use products and plastic.
- International justice: to take action so that poorer countries no longer suffer disproportionately from the effects of the climate emergency.
COP26, to be hosted by the United Kingdom later this year, will help carry the struggle against climate change forward but governments won’t do anything that they believe will cost them support.