The Bible starts with the words: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." Genesis 1:1
You can find this mural in Old Woking, on the wall used by the Foundations Nursery. The children who play here are one part of the future of our country and our planet. So what did God want for this earth? "The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it." Genesis 2:15
This means the human species “man”. Not just a few farmers, gardeners, battery car producers and indigenous people but every single one of us. We all have a responsibility to not just take care of ”our” bit of the earth by picking up litter in our own street, but by caring for the whole planet, which includes taking every step we can in every part of our lives, to minimise our individual impact on the natural resources of the planet even in far flung countries where trees are cut down, on our behalf, to produce palm oil for use in our cakes, pizzas or makeup; or to provide land for grazing animals for cheap meat for wealthier countries. What actions are you taking to take care of our planet? How can you spread the word to all those you care for that you are caring for the earth by reducing your impact on it and you want them to take more action too? St Peters Church in Old Woking has had people worshiping in it for around 1000 years. It is up to all of us to ensure that the earth is fit to live in for the next 1000 years and many thousands beyond.
Louise Morales, member of the Christian faith
Date: Monday 22nd November 2021