From the Industrial Revolution in Britain in the 18th. century onwards we believed we were making progress with every new invention that made life a little bit easier. Those inventors didn’t realise the cost of the ever expanding desire for a more “comfortable” life and the effect of the burgeoning population of the industrialised world. They were well-meaning and by their ingenuity they have enhanced the living conditions of millions but just a few hundred years on we are reaping what we have sown. Emerging economies such as China’s, India and Brazil all struggle with the dilemma of progress verse cost and the equation is looking very lop-sided.
The responsible person has to ask questions about lifestyle and whether we can afford to continue as we are? Humanity has, for too long, considered the planet its play thing to be used, and abused, at will but we are now in the position of realising the planet is finite – it will only keep going, sustaining life if we care for it effectively. Every Christian has a responsibility for caring for the planet because our scriptures tell us God gave us this wonderful world. During this season of Lent maybe you could think about what can I give up that helps both myself and the world God so lovingly gave us?