How many solar panels does it take to cover a church roof?
No matter how small our actions might seem in light of our big hope for the future, they are still important.
In these last few weeks, I have been thinking about the tension between our big, global dreams for the future – like a world powered on renewable energy where everyone has access to electricity, so that children can do homework in the evenings, women can walk safely at night and farmers can irrigate fields with electric pumps – and what I can do in my own life to play a part in that.
Here at Tearfund, we have a hope and a vision of a zero carbon world, where Christians stand together to stop people being pushed further into poverty by climate change. We have a vision for a renewed world. That’s huge – so what can I really do in my daily life that could contribute to this hope and vision?
A few months ago, I was introduced to Richard, from Trinity Church in Reading,and I was really inspired by something he said to me: “God has created a world that works very well – and we have a responsibility to look after it.” That really put things into perspective for me. Yes, we have a huge dream for the future, but we have an awesome God who has gifted us with his creation. And we all have a role and a responsibility to care for it – in everything that we do.
Just under two years ago, Richard’s church put in 98 solar panels. They wanted to do something to reduce climate change, no matter how small it felt in the grand scheme of things. They believed that their actions would be a good witness to God’s heart for creation and their commitment in caring for it. Richard hopes that the project will only be a beginning in their journey to make a difference, and that many will make new lifestyle changes to care for creation in their everyday lives.
At the end of our talk, Richard left me with an encouragement saying, “We can do more together, and be a better witness to the world about the way Christians are concerned about the environment.” No matter how small our actions might seem in light of our big hope for the future, they are nonetheless important. They are an act of worship to God, and a witness to the change that we want to see.
This month we launched a new global campaign called Renew Our World, which hopes to realise those big dreams of a zero-carbon world where people aren’t pushed further into poverty. But the best part is that it’s a global movement, and its success relies on the likes of you and me taking part. I’ve signed up – will you join me?
As Renew Our World gains momentum, what can you do be a witness in your community? Maybe you will be inspired by Richard’s church and switch to renewable energy. Take a look at our new way to switch your home energy here to power your home with clean energy.
Or you can join hundreds of others who have written to the UK government to ask them to rebalance their funding away from wasteful, polluting fossil fuels so that people in poverty get clean, efficient and affordable energy. You can put your faith into action today, and write to them using our template.
In parting, let me remind you of Richard’s inspiring words: God has created a world that works very well – and we have a responsibility to look after it.
What will you do today to look after God’s creation?
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