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Reflection‘In God’s act of creation, at the end of each day when God looked upon what he had created, God saw that it was all good. But the estrangement in relationship between God and humanity, as a result of human disobedience, has brought about universal distress that affected not only humans but also creation.’ Writes Dr. VJ John, from Kolkata, India.
Dr John reflects on the effects of human behavior on climate change and draws on Joel 1: 2-20 where God’s judgment on the people of Israel is expressed through a natural disaster.
‘The accelerated climate change at the global level only testifies to the greed and selfishness of human behavior with no regard for God and fellow creation. Harmful human conduct that originates in utter disregard for God leads ultimately towards a lack of concern for the natural world, the results of which are life styles and living patterns that not only propels climatic change but also disturbs the entire ecological system. This should challenge us as Christians to wake up and act now before it is too late.’
Let us pray:
Meditate on the Statistics
As you spend time in prayer and reflection, you may like to take a moment to silently understand with your heart the focus statistic we include each week (see below). Our hope is that you will find this series of statistics a useful resource in preparing presentations.
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability
Target 9: Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programmes and reverse the loss of environmental resources
‘Heavier dependence on natural resources and agriculture and lack of development render poor countries more vulnerable to the impact of climate change and less able to adapt. These include impacts on agriculture and human health, and the effects of sea level rise and extreme weather events. Estimates of the impact of global warming through 2080 based on non-mitigation scenarios show developing countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and parts of Latin America, which are home to 1 billion of the world’s poorest people, suffering the largest losses in agricultural output, ranging from 15–60 percent.’
Source: Global Monitoring Report 2008, IMF and Worldbank, 2008
Yours in Christ,
Regine and MC team
Please view all the Friday Prayer statistics we’ve used to date at Index of Millennium Development Goal Statistics.xls
Please see Index of Reflections on Integral Mission.xls
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