Faith, Lifestyle

Christians and Climate Change

Yesterday I had the greatest privilege of attending the Live Lent launch at Lambeth Palace. I was invited by The Church of England to learn about the climate crisis and how we can step up to make a change.

As a family we actively work to reduce our waste and recycle wherever possible, but I have never thought about the importance of bringing my faith into the future of our planet.

Faith and our future

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby chaired a panel discussion with Christians who were passionate about sustainable living, serving Jesus and preserving the planet that God has given us. This Lent, he urges the wider church to step up and start fighting against climate change.

The climate crisis

I was humbled and challenged to learn that our world is heading for a three degree climate change by 2050. This rising temperature will lead to heatwave summers as standard, increased flooding due to hotter, humid conditions and catastrophic conditions for millions of people. Those in already warm climates face prolonged extreme weather, which can lead to failed crops, lack of food resources and adversely affect geopolitical systems.

This is more than just being a degree or three hotter, the climate crisis is a global emergency that we must take action on now.

Justin Welby shared how The Church of England will lead the way in the net zero campaign, to end carbon emissions, by reducing carbon emissions across their churches by 100%. He stressed the importance of climate prevention rather than church preservation, and it was encouraging to hear that The Church are tackling the climate crisis head on.

Creation and the Creator

Perhaps one of the messages that struck a chord with me was the passionate speech given by panel member Ali Angus from St Leonard’s, Streatham. She implored is to take our faith into conversation into the climate crisis because loving our neighbours looks like loving the environment they are in.

Loving our neighbour looks like loving the environment

We are made from the earth, formed by a Creator to live in and live off the land. Without the planet, we cannot survive and we need to look after the one we have been given.

After the panel discussion, we had an eventful Eucharist, which, due to a fire alarm, was finalised on the law a of Lambeth Palace. Ruth Valerio spoke warmly of her revelations when writing her book Saying Yes to Life, sharing how in scripture, God is in every single detail of nature, from the birds in the air to the deer crouching down to give birth.

We were challenged that as Christians, maybe we have separated the creation from salvation, yet the Bible is actually a huge nature book. With so many details of creation recorded in scripture, it makes sense that as His children, God would call His sons and daughters to protect it.

What can we do?

This year we will see the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) where decisions will be made for our planet’s future. What we do now as a people will determine the kind of life our children lead, and the kind of world they grow up in.

Now is the time to petition and pray for our politicians. We need ambitious and bold plans from the UK government on climate change. Current plans still lead to a 3.2 degree increase across the world. Aiming to halve this at the very least could help, but will still be disastrous for many.

The only real solution is to end carbon emissions and stop global warming.

This seems like an impossible task but we can all do something.

We can rise up as the Church, with one voice, to pray for our MP’s.

We can implore and encourage our government to bring forward policies on transport, heating, energy and diet.

We can vote with our feet by not using plastics.

We can choose zero carbon travel to reduce our footprint.

We can reduce waste and recycle wherever possible.

We can restrict consumption of animal products.

We can buy ethically sourced and fair trade items.

We can educate our children on the beauty of God’s creation and why we must do everything in our power to protect it. This Lent why not take time to prayerfully consider Gods creation and pledge to make a change? There are some incredible resources available including Live Lent 40 day challenge booklets for adults and children.

We all have different spheres of influence and can each share what we are doing to change the climate crisis. Love is the greatest commandment, so let’s love our selves and our neighbours and the environment we are in, in order to save our precious planet.

Are you in?

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Essential Oils, Faith, Lifestyle

The Secrets Of the Trees

I simply adore trees. I grew up climbing them, swinging on tyres in them, sitting under them and more. As a thirty something mom I love nothing more than finding shade in their boughs while watching my kiddos explore fallen trunks and exposed roots.

We can find refuge in nature. Better still, I love being barefoot outdoors, it somehow makes me feel more connected to God.  Staring up at the leafy canopy over head grounds me somehow. I feel like I can finally breathe deeper and think clearer. I find myself thinking ‘if only the trees could talk…’ and always feel like they have stories to tell, secrets to share. They know the Creator they are connected to, the power of nature. They beg us to come close, examine their bark, lounge in their branches, eat of their fruits.

Trees are so much more than just an element of nature.

They are part of an orderly universe, with a role to play in our health and well being. The problem is that this role has been overlooked for too long. We need trees and they need us. What is the first thing we do as a living creature? We breathe. What do we breathe? Oxygen. Where does it come from? Trees. More than that, the carbon dioxide we breathe is out is the very substance plants need to complete photosynthesis.

The earth is not a product of a collision of atoms,
it is the creation of an orderly world.

God created the world, and all living things in it. He created us out of the earth, so it makes sense that being surrounded by nature and connected to the earth should be a positive experience for us.

Since the world began, we have walked, worked, sat and slept on the ground and our bodies have connected with the earth. Nowadays we are so disconnected. We have plastics on our feet that insulate us. We are constantly bombarded by pollution from cars, aviation and industry, and by electromagnetic radiation from appliances, radio masts, Wi-Fi and even the device you are reading this blog from. The free radicals in radiation and the pollution in our environment causes untold damage to our bodies.

How can the trees and the earth help? Trees purify our air, absorbing greenhouse gases and replacing carbon dioxide with oxygen. Their leaves, fruits, sap and resins can be harnessed and distilled into essential oils to support whole body health and wellness. The Earth’s own magnetic field, which releases free electrons helps to eliminate free radicals in our bodies. Trees and plants are connected to the earth, and are essentially conductors to the Earth’s magnetic field.

This whole topic fascinates me, and leaves me ever more in awe of my amazing God. If you want to know more about how the trees and the earth’s energy can support your own health and wellness then check out the movie The Grounded on YouTube and these resources:

https://www.earthing.com/

https://gardencollage.com/heal/mind-spirit/real-healing-power-trees/

https://www.youngliving.com/blog/the-11-most-popular-essential-oils-and-their-superpowers/

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