Sunday 22 February

Eating

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

Before God gave the human race the ten commandments, before God told us to go and make disciples, he gave us a simple commandment

“Take care of my Earth”

We have not done a good job of caring for God’s Earth. According the Living Planet Index, Biodiversity has declined by more than a quarter in the last 35 years.

That’s not good news.

Globally, we now require the equivalent of 1.4 planets to support our lifestyles. This is humanity’s current Ecological Footprint – the demand people place upon the natural world.

We are polluting our rivers and seas, creating piles of waste and toxic chemicals. It is time for us to change. Today the challenge is this – how can I help my Church to be an Earthkeeping community?

This week we are looking at food. How does my church cater? Where do we buy our food, is it local or shipped in from far away. Do we use free range chicken or factory farmed? What happens to left over food? Do we use Styrofoam or do we wash up?

Styrofoam (polystyrene) Non-Biodegradable

Styrofoam appears to last forever, as it is resistant to photolysis, or the breaking down of materials by photons originating from a light source. This, combined with the fact that Styrofoam is lightweight and therefore floats, means that over time a great deal of polystyrene has accumulated along coasts and waterways around the world. It is now considered the main component of marine debris.

Food Contamination

When Styrofoam containers are used for food, chemicals can leach into the food, affecting human health and the reproductive systems. This is accentuated if people reheat the food while still in the container.

Let us be Earthkeepers, starting  in our Church Kitchen!

 

Ref :WWF SA

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