As I write, the England Cricket Team have been in the news again, and so has the weather.  Our Cricket Team has just gone 3 - 0 up to take an unassailable lead in the One Day International Series in Sri Lanka; and the weather because each match was badly affected by rain - it is their monsoon season.  (Which kind of begs the question why do they schedule the matches there and then, but that's another question.)

'What has that got to do with us?' I hear you cry.  Well maybe nothing.

But  I was recommended by one Church member a series on BBC 4 called The Secrets of  our Planet  presented by Chris Packham.  If you can still get it on Catch Up do watch it.  If not, look out for repeats or the second series (if there is one).  It was absolutely fascinating, because it showed how inter-connected everything is.  A tiger relying on an apple snail, forests relying on male bees pollinating one flower while bees pollinated a different one and so the seeds of this attracted this animal who ate the fruit and carried within their bodies to be planted miles away and so on, and so forth.

I think, if we look at our news, we can see that.  There is a problem somewhere, and that might be the solution.  But that affects something else, which causes...…..   Nothing is ever simple, and problems need careful sorting out so as to maintain the balance in everything.

We often sing and read in the Bible of the wonders of God's creation.  We often say that God has given us a beautiful planet full of variety and abundance to live in.  It would be better to say that God has loaned it to us on trust from future generations.

We hear about the damage to our planet on an almost daily basis, but it is only recently that we, the public, are beginning to learn the consequences of our impact on the planet through greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, industrialisation and so on.

We absolutely have to take note now and take some tough choices.  But it's not easy.  We seem to be addicted to travel, (and speaking as one who frequently travels to Europe, I'm a part of it, too.) to plastic, to cheap food production and so on.

But there are ways in which we can take some small steps. 

       I have stopped my milk being delivered in plastic containers and get glass bottles instead.                                                        I am going to stop using soap in pump pots and showergel and revert to bars of soap.                                                            I don't use tissues, but always handkerchiefs.                                                                                                                            I use re-cycled bathroom stationary.                                                                                                                                          I re-use plastic trays and pots as much as I can in the garden.                                                                                                  I have at least one plant based meal per week, often more.                                                                                                      I have replaced washing detergent/powder with Nepalese Soap Nut Shells, and they work really well - you can order                  them on line.

Small things, I know, but if we all did a little bit, it would add up.

And here are 9 websites which I recommend:

Care to petition website,            Greatergood.com,          Cate to Click,         Ecologyfund.com,          Click for the Earth,      brother earth,        Naturavet.se protect Sweden's old growth forest,         landcareniagara,        Answer 4 earth and Give Rice for Free.      The last one donates 10 grains of rice for every correct answer you give to the World Food Bank.

And, if you do it all through Everyclick.co.uk each search raises money for whichever charity you choose.  The default is Christian Aid, but you can choose the RSPB, All We Can or whichever is your favourite.  You can change if you want, as often as you want.  I have raised almost £460 over several years for various charities, so it really is worth doing.  If you go on to shop online through the Everyclick search engine, many companies offer a donation to them as well, which also go to the charity of your choice.

Give them a go.  Get a kick out of knowing that you're contributing to the well-being of God's wonderful creation!  We have to remember that we are accountable to God, and will be judged by those coming after us.


 

Yours, Lindsay