Life on Land
What does the Bible teach?
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? (Job 12:7-9)
What should we pray for?
For those who are developing policies and programmes to protect God’s creation. May they act with justice; prioritising the needs of poor and marginalised people and acting against those who seek to exploit the world’s resources for selfish purposes.
For people to become more aware of the problems of deforestation and drainage of wetlands, and that legislation and projects will cause them to think again about the impacts of their actions.
For natural resources to be managed transparently and effectively, ensuring access as well as maintaining and improving the livelihood for future generations.
What can we do?
Organic Food: Buy organic certified groceries. Organic farming preserves biodiversity and protects soil, groundwater and the climate.
Gardening: A colorful garden with a wildflower strip and herbs promotes biodiversity. Mow your garden only 1-2 times per season, because frequent mowing kills insects and young larvae, the food for birds and other garden dwellers. If possible, use a scythe instead of a lawn mower.
Forests and Wetlands: Avoid wood that comes from unmanaged sources ‐ mahogany and teak in particular. Buy only peat-free soil as this does not exploit wetlands.