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INTRODUCTION TO CHRISTIAN ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

In the face of growing scientific evidence, many campaigning charities such as Greenpeace have been warning of a global environmental crisis, but sadly the Christian church has generally been slow to recognise that responding to this is a key moral imperative.  Christianity has been accused of arrogance towards nature and even blamed as the historical cause of global environmental degradation.  However, in recent years virtualy every Christian denomination has made positive statements about caring for creation.  The Church of England, for example, has published an environmental policy and a report offering practical guidance. The Archbishop of Canterbury has gone so far as to speak of environmental stewardship as ‘an issue of justice’. 

The global environmental crisis covers a vast range of harmful effects, such as destruction of tropical rainforests, mass extinction of species, exploitation of fossil fuels, climate change and population displacement.  The crisis has multiple interrelated causes, not least, capitalism and the globalisation of trade to serve the Western consumer society.  

In 1988 the Roman Catholic Church issued this statement: "The earth and all life on it is a gift from God given us to share and develop, not to dominate and exploit. Our actions have consequences for the rights of others and for the resources of the earth. The goods of the earth and the beauties of nature are to be enjoyed and celebrated as well as consumed. We have the responsibility to create a balanced policy between consumption and conservation. We must consider the welfare of future generations in our planning for and utilisation of the earth’s resources."

SOURCE: "What is the theological basis of the Church of England’s environmental stance?  In the light of this, evaluate what the different theological understandings offered by Creation Spirituality and Dispensationalism have to offer to a Christian response to the current global environmental crisis." Arthur Champion, WEMTC essay (2006)

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http://www.greengloucestershire.org.uk/resources/the-story-of-stuff/

http://www.greengloucestershire.org.uk/past-meetings/fracking-and-the-risk-to-the-cotswolds/

 

 

WHAT ABOUT THE CHURCH?

A variety of views exist among different Christians and Christian denominations regarding the correct relationship between Christianity and environmentalismAccording to some social science research, Christians and members of the Christian right are typically less concerned about issues of environmental responsibility than the general public.

SOURCE: Sherkat, D. E., and C. G. Ellison. 2007. Structuring the religion-environment connection: identifying religious influences on environmental concern and activism. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 46:71-85.

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http://www.greengloucestershire.org.uk/resources/gloucester-food-and-drink/

http://www.greengloucestershire.org.uk/resources/ecotricity/

 

TAKING ACTION TOGETHER

Ever felt frustrated by the constant talk of economic growth on the main news media? Ever wondered how we can have everlasting growth on a finite planet? Ever wished there was an alternative way to organise our economy that respected the restraints of finite resources and human and planetary well-being? Well, surprise, surprise, some people are thinking and planning an alternative economic strategy – and they’re not loonies, but respected economists. It’s just that you never hear them on the Today programme or read their thinking in the mainstream newspapers. Join with GC as we seek to empower ordinary people to take back the economy and to understand what the alternatives are and to seek a role the Church can play in this.

SOURCE: http://www.greenchristian.org.uk/archives/5976

 

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Enough Is Enough lays out a visionary but realistic alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth—an economy where the goal is enough, not more. Based on the best-selling book by Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill, the film explores specific strategies to fix the financial system, reduce inequality, create jobs, and more. Drawing on the expertise of Tim Jackson, Kate Pickett, Andrew Simms, Natalie Bennett, and Ben Dyson, Enough Is Enough is the primer for achieving genuine prosperity and a hopeful future for all. 

SOURCE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ-LYElvtEU#t=28