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A Christian View On Social Eco Justice


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  • wow, that was an amazing presentation with clear cut ideas and information . it was a bit shocking to be reading about the cold but true facts which are occurring at this present time . i had no idea of how urgent the issue of global warming was but now, you have given me an insight into the matter . its time for a change .. not in the climate, but in my behavior .
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A Christian View On Social Eco Justice

  1. 1. A Christian view on eco-social justice: Living Carbon Neutral Lives ” 4 P´s ACTION” Acting on social and environmental needs: Planting and Producing to Protect the Planet = FOR PEACE
  2. 2. planting producing protect planet and to the “FOR PEACE – 4P´S”
  3. 3. CREATING A SHARED MORAL VISION It is difficult for people to grasp just how extreme our ecological crises really are. Problems such as climate change, loss of species, water shortages--are a type of problem that human beings have never faced before, because the problems are global. Personal behavior has never before had global weather consequences. Therefore, there is no historical precedence in this type of problem solving to help us form useful responses. In understanding these problems there are three realities that need to be understood: 1. Our ecological crises are enormous and quickly getting worse. 2. These problems are urgent and time is running out. 3. There are alternatives, and a better future is possible.
  4. 4. Our Ecological Crises are Enormous Scientific research now demonstrates that global warming is real, catastrophic, and created by humans. Yet, even though scientists know global warming is happening, they cannot say exactly how much it will warm, or how fast it will warm, or what the local effects will be. These issues will depend on how soon we convert to renewable energy, as well as what chain reactions are set off by the warming. The 2001 report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, (IPCC) presented models that could establish statistically that global warming is happening and humans are largely responsible for it
  5. 5. Our Ecological Crises are Enormous Dr Pachauri, head of the IPCC, concluded his findings in January 2005: quot;Climate change is for real. We have just a small window of opportunity and it is closing rather rapidly. There is not a moment to lose. We are risking the ability of the human race to survive.“ In addition to global warming, species extinctions have reached catastrophic proportions. In the history of the Earth, there have been five mass extinctions; the last one was the dinosaurs. Biologists are calling what is happening now, the sixth mass extinction, and they are warning that we could lose more than 25 percent of the species on Earth by the end of this century, creating unknown cascading effects throughout entire ecosystems. Worldwide, there are severe shortages of water. The world now drains more from rivers and aquifers than is returned by the Earth’s annual rain and snow fall. We are drawing down underground aquifers faster than they can be replenished, and many major rivers are so over- tapped that for part of the year, they run dry before they get to the sea.Therefore, these water shortages will cause food shortages. Water shortages also threaten the lives of all the Earth’s plants and animals.
  6. 6. Our Ecological Crises are Urgent Many of those who realize how serious our ecological crises are, do not realize how urgent they are. Our response needs to be total and immediate. On January 25, 2005, the International Panel Climate Change (IPCC) Taskforce issued a new report called Meeting The Climate Challenge. The report says, “With climate change, there is an ecological time bomb ticking away. . .” They say that the point of no return with global warming may be reached in as little as 10 years (or less) with widespread drought, crop failure and water shortages. The debate over global warming is no longer over whether or not it is happening; it is now over the degree of urgency and the scale of the problem. The National Academy of Sciences concluded recently that global warming could cause environmental collapse suddenly and without warning. The longer we wait, the fewer options we will have and the more we risk creating catastrophic consequences.
  7. 7. Alternatives are Possible Creating solutions requires a total system response. Ecology now is also a system of social, economic, and political thought that sees environmental destruction as only one more symptom (along with poverty and the unequal distribution of wealth and power) of our entire unhealthy modern world-view and belief system. None of our current theories are adequate to deal with the enormity of our ecological crises. “… the environmental establishment is inherently incapable of truly addressing the climate challenge in all its magnitude because we cannot achieve a rapid, world-wide transition to clean energy within our current market-based economic structure. If one honestly acknowledges the scale and urgency of the problem, it becomes clear that it cannot be effectively addressed without major structural changes to global economic dynamics.” Ross Gelbspan
  8. 8. The Ecological Crisis is a Spiritual Crisis The primary issue in our ecological crises is a re-definition and clarification of our values, beliefs and behaviors--which is inherently a religious process. However, if religious communities are to lead in this social transformation, the God proclaimed in a political argument must be democratic in method (non-authoritarian) as well as pluralistic in content (capable of working with all religions). The religious message should affirm the reality of the sacred or the language of the Spirit, which can inspire compassion and cooperation. This requires rethinking everything—including the very nature of faith. This effort focuses on a sense of the Earth as sacred, an idea that can both include and transcend all religions. This allows the needs of the Earth to create a natural shared value system, and become the new measure of our values. By advocating ecological issues jointly, all religions become more effective in creating change
  9. 9. The Ecological Crisis is a Spiritual Crisis Now, to address our ecological crises, we need to measure morality by our collective behavior and the frequent unintended, yet immoral, consequences. Economic growth has reached a dead-end and we can no longer achieve salvation through material progress, and being enslaved to a materialistic definition of the world has left us spiritually impoverished. To pull away from materialism and consumerism, we need to find non- material forms of fulfillment, and shift our spiritual focus from individual salvation to planetary salvation This will require us to see the planet as one global interrelated community of people, animals, and plants. Choosing the values of life and care, and overcoming materialism, requires that we respect the mystery in human life and resist the secularization of experience. Even though our culture is completely secularized—the sacred has not disappeared. We need to recognize and name concepts of the sacred so that they can again determine social action. Our future depends on how creative we can be together, and how quickly we can learn.
  10. 10. Consequences of global warming Global Warming will Global Warming will alter the oceans. Change Weather Patterns. The entire ecosystem of the North Sea is in a The warming should create state of collapse, an overall trend toward both increased and “record sea increased evaporation. temperatures are killing Where precipitation is off the plankton on greater than evaporation, which all life in the sea there will be floods. Where depends, because they evaporation is greater than underpin the entire precipitation, there will be droughts. The increased marine food chain. Fish warming and the stocks and sea bird unpredictable changes will populations have greatly impact agriculture. slumped.”
  11. 11. Consequences of global warming Global Warming Will Cause Global Warming will Ice to Melt and Seas to Rise Change Ecosystems and Habitat. In addition to habitat loss The ice sheets in the two poles from urban sprawl and and Greenland, and in mountain pollution, warming will also glaciers around the world, are be a major factor. “A quarter melting. If the sea level rises in of all species of plants and the range expected by the IPCC, land animals, or more than a many island nations, as well as million in all, could be all low-lying coastal areas, will driven to extinction.” be under water. The affects of Massive extinctions have sea-level along the coast will occurred five times during cause flooding, erosion, and the earth's history. The last saltwater intrusion into aquifers one was the extinction of and freshwater habitats. the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago. Scientists are calling what is occurring now, the sixth mass extinction.
  12. 12. Consequences of global warming Global Warming will Change Weather, Creating more Global Warming will be Extreme Storms. at public health issue . As the atmosphere warms, the climate not only becomes hotter Warming will increase the but more unstable, creating more spread of infectious extreme precipitation events. diseases, and heat stress, and also malnutrition because of its impact on Global Warming could agriculture. Create Abrupt Warming. A recent report by the National Academy of Sciences, Abrupt Climate Change: Inevitable Surprises, said Global Warming may “Large, abrupt climate changes have Create Abrupt Cooling. repeatedly affected much or all of the earth, … Available evidence suggests Global warming could, in that abrupt climate changes are not as little as a few years, only possible but likely in the future, trigger abrupt cooling in potentially with large impacts on Europe. ecosystems and societies.”
  13. 13. Making eco-justice decisions Norms for decisions that address eco-justice issues: Sustainability :provide for long-range needs of humans and long-range preservation of nature Sufficiency :grant all forms of life the right to share in the goods of creation Participation :involve all people and represent all life forms in decisions that affect their well-being Solidarity :recognize the kinship of all life forms and assist those who suffer most from environmental degradation
  14. 14. An Evangelical Declaration on the Care of Creation The Earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof Psalm 24:1 As followers of Jesus Christ, committed to the full authority of the Scriptures, and aware of the ways we have degraded creation, we believe that biblical faith is essential to the solution of our ecological problems.
  15. 15. Because we worship and honor the Creator, we seek to cherish and care for the creation. Because we have sinned, we have failed in our stewardship of creation. Therefore we repent of the way we have polluted, distorted, or destroyed so much of the Creator's work. Because in Christ God has healed our alienation from God and extended to us the first fruits of the reconciliation of all things, we commit ourselves to working in the power of the Holy Spirit to share the Good News of Christ in word and deed, to work for the reconciliation of all people in Christ, and to extend Christ's healing to suffering creation. Because we await the time when even the groaning creation will be restored to wholeness, we commit ourselves to work vigorously to protect and heal that creation for the honor and glory of the Creator---whom we know dimly through creation. We and our children face a growing crisis in the health of the creation in which we are embedded, and through which, by God's grace, we are sustained. Yet we continue to degrade that creation
  16. 16. These degradations of creation can be summed up as 1) land degradation; 2) deforestation; 3) species extinction; 4) water degradation; 5) global toxification; 6) the alteration of atmosphere; 7) human and cultural degradation. Many of these degradations are signs that we are pressing against the finite limits God has set for creation. With continued population growth, these degradations will become more severe. Our responsibility is not only to bear and nurture children, but to nurture their home on earth We recognize that human poverty is both a cause and a consequence of environmental degradation.
  17. 17. Many concerned people, convinced that environmental problems are more spiritual than technological, are exploring the world's ideologies and religions in search of non-Christian spiritual resources for the healing of the earth. As followers of Jesus Christ, we believe that the Bible calls us to respond in four ways: First, God calls us to confess and repent of attitudes which devalue creation, and which twist or ignore biblical revelation to support our misuse of it. Forgetting that quot;the earth is the Lord's,quot; we have often simply used creation and forgotten our responsibility to care for it. Second, our actions and attitudes toward the earth need to proceed from the center of our faith, and be rooted in the fullness of God's revelation in Christ and the Scriptures. We resist both ideologies which would presume the Gospel has nothing to do with the care of non-human creation and also ideologies which would reduce the Gospel to nothing more than the care of that creation. Third, we seek carefully to learn all that the Bible tells us about the Creator, creation, and the human task. In our life and words we declare that full good news for all creation which is still waiting quot;with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God,quot; (Rom. 8:19). Fourth, we seek to understand what creation reveals about God's divinity, sustaining presence, and everlasting power, and what creation teaches us of its God-given order and the principles by which it works.
  18. 18. Thus we call on all those who are committed to the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to affirm the following principles of biblical faith, and to seek ways of living out these principles in our personal lives, our churches, and society.
  19. 19. The cosmos, in all its beauty, wildness, and life-giving bounty, is the work of our personal and loving Creator. Our creating God is prior to and other than creation, yet intimately involved with it, upholding each thing in its freedom, and all things in relationships of intricate complexity. God is transcendent, while lovingly sustaining each creature; and immanent, while wholly other than creation and not to be confused with it. God the Creator is relational in very nature, revealed as three persons in One. Likewise, the creation which God intended is a symphony of individual creatures in harmonious relationship. The Creator's concern is for all creatures. God declares all creation quot;goodquot; (Gen. 1:31); promises care in a covenant with all creatures (Gen. 9:9-17); delights in creatures which have no human apparent usefulness (Job 39-41); and wills, in Christ, quot;to reconcile all things to himselfquot; (Col.1:20).
  20. 20. Men, women, and children, have a unique responsibility to the Creator; at the same time we are creatures, shaped by the same processes and embedded in the same systems of physical, chemical, and biological interconnections which sustain other creatures. Men, women, and children, created in God's image, also have a unique responsibility for creation. Our actions should both sustain creation's fruitfulness and preserve creation's powerful testimony to its Creator. Our God-given , stewardly talents have often been warped from their intended purpose: that we know, name, keep and delight in God's creatures; that we nourish civilization in love, creativity and obedience to God; and that we offer creation and civilization back in praise to the Creator. We have ignored our creaturely limits and have used the earth with greed, rather than care. The earthly result of human sin has been a perverted stewardship, a patchwork of garden and wasteland in which the waste is increasing. quot;There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land...Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it waste awayquot; (Hosea 4:1,3). Thus, one consequence of our misuse of the earth is an unjust denial of God's created bounty to other human beings, both now and in the future.
  21. 21. God's purpose in Christ is to heal and bring to wholeness not only persons but the entire created order. quot;For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood shed on the crossquot; (Col. 1:19-20). In Jesus Christ, believers are forgiven, transformed and brought into God's kingdom. quot;If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creationquot; (II Cor. 5:17). The presence of the kingdom of God is marked not only by renewed fellowship with God, but also by renewed harmony and justice between people, and by renewed harmony and justice between people and the rest of the created world. quot;You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their handsquot; (Isa. 55:12). We believe that in Christ there is hope, not only for men, women and children, but also for the rest of creation which is suffering from the consequences of human sin.
  22. 22. Therefore we call upon all Christians to reaffirm that all creation is God's; that God created it good; and that God is renewing it in Christ. We encourage deeper reflection on the substantial biblical and theological teaching which speaks of God's work of redemption in terms of the renewal and completion of God's purpose in creation. We seek a deeper reflection on the wonders of God's creation and the principles by which creation works. We also urge a careful consideration of how our corporate and individual actions respect and comply with God's ordinances for creation. We encourage Christians to incorporate the extravagant creativity of God into their lives by increasing the nurturing role of beauty and the arts in their personal, ecclesiastical, and social patterns.
  23. 23. We urge individual Christians and churches to be centers of creation's care and renewal, both delighting in creation as God's gift, and enjoying it as God's provision, in ways which sustain and heal the damaged fabric of the creation which God has entrusted to us. We recall Jesus' words that our lives do not consist in the abundance of our possessions, and therefore we urge followers of Jesus to resist the allure of wastefulness and overconsumption by making personal lifestyle choices that express humility, forbearance, self restraint and frugality. We call on all Christians to work for godly, just, and sustainable economies which reflect God's sovereign economy and enable men, women and children to flourish along with all the diversity of creation. We recognize that poverty forces people to degrade creation in order to survive; therefore we support the development of just, free economies which empower the poor and create abundance without diminishing creation's bounty. We commit ourselves to work for responsible public policies which embody the principles of biblical stewardship of creation.
  24. 24. We invite Christians--individuals, congregations and organizations-- to join with us in this evangelical declaration on the environment, becoming a covenant people in an ever-widening circle of biblical care for creation. We call upon Christians to listen to and work with all those who are concerned about the healing of creation, with an eagerness both to learn from them and also to share with them our conviction that the God whom all people sense in creation (Acts 17:27) is known fully only in the Word made flesh in Christ the living God who made and sustains all things. We make this declaration knowing that until Christ returns to reconcile all things, we are called to be faithful stewards of God's good garden, our earthly home.
  25. 25. Action plan Policy: We seek to change the systems that foster the degradation of creation and to rectify the injustices that result from it. And we seek to alert our members to environmental legislation that protects creation and to encourage their active participation in the development of public policy. We encourage members to participate in civic activities that foster environmental health. We seek to let our care for creation be known to others. Goals: To promote eco-justice and care for creation beyond the walls of the church through hands-on involvement, political advocacy, publicity, conferences, websites, and publications. Actions: suggested actions to take to fulfill these commitments: Ecological justice in local, regional, national, and global issues Invest in the future of Earth community. Urge the endowment committee to invest your congregational endowment and other funds in social justice SOCIAL CARBON NEUTRAL: AN OPTION IN BRAZIL
  26. 26. SOS SEMI-ARID –Social CarbonNeutral brazil Planting & Producing to Protect the Planet