The COP26 conference at Glasgow, starting October 31st, has received much publicity. Here, it has been influenced by the release of our national roadmap to address the pressing impacts of climate change.
As a sustainability consultant and chemical engineer, this is dear to my heart. Sustainability is about fairness globally and between generations, from environmental, social and economic viewpoints. Climate change is the crisis that brought these issues into sharper focus.
What does this mean to us as Christians?
From the beginning, Adam was “put … in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (Gen. 2:15). As God’s children, we have been given a stewardship responsibility – a mandate to care for the earth. We are to value God’s creation as good and to protect and preserve it. To treat this precious resource with selfishness, greed or carelessness appears contrary to God’s intended provision for his people.
The scientific evidence is irrefutable that climate change is happening, and that as humans, we have strongly contributed to that impact. It is like a snowball rolling down a hill, picking up more momentum and size as it goes. Increasing greenhouse gases now have created a similar momentum of change, which is just as hard to stop.
Glasgow’s COP26 seeks to come together as humanity, to strive to slow the effects of climate change for the good of all, both today and tomorrow. It is not founded on a specifically Christian premise. However, it supports our God-given responsibility to care for the earth, and for each other.
Please join me in praying that God would direct participants in Glasgow to protect and preserve his creation and to care for all people and that he would teach us to play our part in shaping the future too, large or small, as he has planned for us.