The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it. Psalm 24:1
We believe that God gave us responsibility to nurture creation, to care for it and to use it wisely. Everything comes from God and everything belongs to God.
We are given everything we need. We can use the resources of our planet for our needs, but as the earth belongs to God, we must respect it and hand it back to God unspoiled, thanking God by looking after what we have been given.
The Christian Declaration on Nature, which was drawn up at Assisi in 1986 at a meeting of the leaders of world faiths made these points:
- All creation, both with and without humans, has a close interdependence which was made in this way by God. This harmony of creation is to the glory of God.
- Humans have the role of protecting all created things, not abusing or destroying them.
- All types of exploitation of the world and its resources and all creatures are rejected. Humans must not do anything that risks damage to the world, including nuclear warfare.
Shrinking the Footprint is the Church of England’s national environmental campaign which supports the Church in reducing our carbon footprint. The Archbishop of Canterbury has said: “For the Church of the 21st century, good ecology is not an optional extra, but a matter of justice. It is therefore central to what it means to be a Christian.” More information can be found by following these links: