Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth. Gen 1:28b ESV
Man totally failed God’s command to rule responsibly over earth. Especially after the Industrial Revolution, about 200 years ago, the destruction of nature became severe. Since then tremendous amounts of carbon dioxide and other gasses have been pumped into the atmosphere: by factories, power stations and millions of cars. At the same time we have already cleared away half of the earth’s forests, which we need to turn carbon dioxide into oxygen. These actions undeniably led to global warming: the temperature on earth has risen with almost one degree and is still increasing. This already brought many changes: erratic weather patterns, with droughts and floods, the melting of the polar caps, animal species becoming extinct, agricultural interruptions. Millions will be affected. If things do not change drastically, our children will have less to work with than we did – because of us! Some of these consequences are already irreversible. Can we still do something? We can and we must! This matter has become very urgent – also for Christians.
Heavenly Father, we failed you. We are damaging the earth – our beautiful home. Help us to correct our mistakes! Amen.
Know what is happening and be prepared to help!
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