“The world – this precious blue sphere with its eggshell crust and wisp of an atmosphere – is not some indestructible toy, some bouncy plastic romper room against which we can hurl ourselves to our heart’s content.” From a speech Boris Johnson gave at the United Nations General assembly a few days ago.
Words that should resonate with all of us, indeed our own Diocese has this in its Vision ‘Tread Gently’, urging us all to care for the environment.
In Genesis God specifically commanded human beings to take care of both the living and the non living creation ‘Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth’ (1:2) And ‘The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it’ (2:15)
Companies all around the world have huge responsibilities in this respect, but we all have our part to play. Individual actions when put together can have a big impact.
Lots of practical things we can do are not difficult, many of which will be beneficial to us personally as well as to our wider world. Walking instead of taking the car; makes us healthier. Using low energy appliances and putting on another layer of clothes rather than turning up the heating; saves us money. Refusing to buy products wrapped in multi layers of plastic. Small things but if we all did it, would have a big impact.
The world and all that is in it is there for our use and enjoyment but not for our abuse. For too long we have taken all that is around us for granted, to both the world’s and our own detriment.