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Make a Green Resolution this Year!

"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." Matthew 5:48

Jesus asks a lot of us, doesn't he? To be perfect?! We are also urged to be different by Paul in Romans 12:2:

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind".

What is the pattern of this world? There is certainly evil, corruption and immorality. It is easy for us to say we are not conforming to these. We can feel good about over-throwing Sadam or being honest to the tax man or turning the TV off rather than watch sexually explicit shows.

But there are patterns of this world that seem tame and inconsequential but may actually be "doing evil" to others in far off countries and far off times. The pattern of this world is to drive our children half a mile to school, to leave a lamp on in a corner of the room in the day time to make our house look welcoming, to put on the heating instead of a jumper, to take our holidays at ever far flung corners of the world. We do these things because they don't appear to contravene any moral code and, in these affluent times, we can afford to do them.

But what about the most important and all-encompassing command we have been given - to love others as ourselves? By our unfettered use of fossil fuels which release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere we are condemning others in the future to tremendous suffering. To "be perfect" in this area we would only produce as much carbon dioxide as the world could take without irreparable damage and would also allow our neighbours in China or India to produce as much as us. This would mean a cut of 80-90%, something pretty much impossible to do in our country at this time - so, surprise, surprise, it's pretty much impossible for any of us to be perfect. But with the help of God we can start the transformation, we can begin the journey. And January is a good time to make a new start.

January Top Tip: Make a new years resolution to use less energy by choosing one of the following:

  • walk your child to school or walk into the village once a week

  • keep all lights off in the day time, or ensure any lights left on are low-energy bulbs

  • check you have three layers of clothing on before you decide to put the heating on

  • plan to holiday in Europe this summer and to get there by car, boat or train (not plane)

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