Our Fragile Earth

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.’ Genesis chapter 2 verse 15.

God’s first instruction and our first responsibility.  We forget it at our peril.  We have forgotten it and we are in peril.

Thank you for landing on Our Fragile Earth in the All Saints, Sidmouth website.

Our Fragile Earth contains the latest news and is just a taste of what can be found.


Current News

Here’s some great news for the planet: Last week Portugal closed their last coal power station – 9 years ahead of schedule! This makes them the fourth country in Europe to quit coal alongside Sweden, Austria and Belgium. To limit the worst of climate change, we have to phase out fossil fuels, so we praise God for this development and an important example of a country undercutting a target. Let us pray for other countries to take notice and follow suit for the sake of our global neighbours.

COP26: What was agreed at the Glasgow climate conference?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-56901261

Want ideas for a greener Christmas?  Try these two sites:

The A Rocha site: https://arocha.org.uk/ideas-for-a-greener-christmas/

…and this one: https://www.recyclenow.com/news/2019-10-23-plan-less-wasteful-christmas

Interested in Electric Cars?  Put off by the recent ITV ‘Dispatches’ programme about them?  Talk to Malcolm Crabtree, Alan Aspray or Jon Brown about it – contact details here – they have a different perspective!

Have a look at this link to Justin Welby’s recent address to the National Farmers’ Union

https://www.nfuonline.com/updates-and-information/archbishop-delivers-annual-nfu-henry-plumb-lecture/ 

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Older news: October 7 – Earthshot TV series available now

https://earthshotprize.org/earthshot-the-television-series-available-from-3-october/

October 6‘s story from the front line:

https://www.tearfund.org/stories/2021/09/my-experience-of-the-climate-crisis-in-honduras

New York, 23 September 2021 – A statement by UN Secretary-General António Guterres at the Security Council Briefing on the Role of Climate Action in Maintaining International Peace and Security: Read the statement here

BDA tips for a sustainable diet – from the Association of UK Dietitians website – Includes a good section on Seasonal Fruit and Veg – a handy guide.

And if you enjoy your beef, you might be reassured by this little video!  https://clear.ucdavis.edu/explainers/why-methane-cattle-warms-climate-differently-co2-fossil-fuels

Creation Care Top Tips:

November 28th

Reflect: on the last-minute amendment to the COP26 text on coal – ‘phase down’ instead of ‘phase out’.

Imagine: how you feel as a member of a family which has been dependent on the Chinese or Indian coal industry for generations.

Pray:  for China and India as they seek to reduce their dependency on fossil fuel

Act: review your use of energy and decide what you can do next to reduce it. 

Some Key Dates to Watch Out For

We light fork handles on the four Sundays of Advent.  In Advent, we pray for the coming of Christ’s Kingdom.  Let’s spend December praying that the outcomes of COP26 may help that to happen ‘on earth as in heaven!’

November 28th, Advent SundayThe candle we light on Advent Sunday symbolises Hope.  Let’s pray for a renewal of hope worldwide, especially in those places already most affected by Climate Change.
December 5thThe candle we light on the Second Sunday of Advent symbolises Peace.  Let’s pray for those nations worldwide where a lack of peace compounds the effects of Climate Change, as people fight over access to resources of people flee to escape desperate places.
December 12thThe candle we light on the Third Sunday of Advent symbolises Joy.  Let’s pray that the misery of so many people groups across the world may be turned to joy as COP26 promises are delivered and justice is done.
December 19thThe candle we light on the Fourth Sunday of Advent symbolises Love.  Let’s pray that hatred may be overcome by love, and that nations and individuals may reach out to one another in cooperation and mutual support.

Climate Change And How We Respond

You probably know we’re facing a global Climate Crisis – unless, of course, you’re an ostrich!

But you’re possibly already pretty well informed about the issues.

For you, it’s about what next?
So, what do we actually need to

….do?! 

Our second page contains more detailed information. It’s divided into four main areas. These can be accessed by clicking on any of the four buttons:

There’s so much information available now – websites, TV programmes, videos, books – the list could be endless. 

Some books and videos with a fuller reading list!


You’ll find links to prayer resources such as:

Green Christian prayer guide

As Christians (and indeed as responsible human beings!) we now understand that we need to start living sustainably.  That’s a big call – but we have no choice if the planet is to be protected.

How do we go about doing that?

There’s more? Yes, on our second page, you can also find Creation Care information with links to:

And finally… 

For more information on what we are doing here at All Saints’, Sidmouth, keep checking this page. Even more information may be found at these two sites: The Sid Valley Mission Community and Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Click on the pictures to go to the sites!