Last Saturday was World Environment Day.
In our Christian understanding, all of creation is sacred and reflects something of the mystery God.
The universe is charged with the grandeur of God.
In the scripture, we are called Stewarts of creation.
Humanity has always had an influence on the environment in our world.
Even as hunter-gatherers we affected the environment. In Australia, our First Nations people in certain places burnt the bush to provide grazing areas for kangaroos and other animals to graze which they then hunted for food.
As farming developed, grazing and agriculture started changing the environment in dramatic ways. Forests were cleared for housing, fuel, shipbuilding, etc.
With the development of the industrial revolution and the growing use of fossil fuels, the impact of human activity escalated in a massive way.
The impact on the ozone layer, massive pollution of the oceans and waterways, and global warming, and much more are greatly influenced by our activities.
In his encyclical ‘Laudato si‘, Pope Francis calls humanity to act responsibly and to truly care for our home planet.
We are called to act responsibly and without selfish motivation.
As Christians, we have a responsibility to be leaders in the care of our environment.
The whole of Creation is in an act of birth waiting from the children of God.
God is calling us to partner with Him in the care of our amazing world.
We can make a difference it is not too late!