Why is it Important to Reduce our Carbon Footprint?
God has given humans responsibility for the care and keeping of the earth as God’s stewards (Genesis 2:15). The Bible’s message, however, goes beyond just calling us to manage natural resources wisely. It invites us to live justly and compassionately with our brothers and sisters, to work for justice and peace (Mark 16:15, John 3:17, Romans 8:18-21).
Climate change is our wakeup call, an opportunity to live more faithfully.
We live in a time where human-generated climate change is causing grave suffering in many parts of the world, including in ecologically fragile communities in the United States. “Natural disasters” are occurring more frequently and severely. Many nations, particularly in Africa, are experiencing greater food and water insecurity. Some countries are facing permanent displacement because of sea level rise. Plant and animal life and certain traditional cultures are threatened with extinction. Studies indicate 300,000 people a year are dying of the effects of global warming, almost all of them “the least among us” who have done nothing to contribute to the problem. Women and girls are bearing special burdens as communities struggle to adapt to harsher living conditions.
The simple truth is that the poorest people in both industrialized and developing countries suffer the very worst effects of climate change. This injustice must be acknowledged and addressed by those countries that most benefit from the kinds of activities that contribute to climate change. As individuals and families, as congregations, communities, businesses, as entire nations, we need to dramatically reduce our carbon footprint.
What kind of world are we leaving our children? We must act before our beloved home reaches a tipping point where climatic change may become irreversible and reach dangerous levels. It is within our power to create a new earth where all of God’s children share in the abundance of this magnificent creation.
As Christians, as United Methodists, in light of our Social Principles and church policies, the bishops of The United Methodist Church are urging us to act, to significantly reduce our carbon footprint individually and collectively.
United Methodist Women is heeding the call!
From Church World Service:
Climate as a justice issue