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

A date for your diary!  Saturday 14th May, 2pm – 5pm, All Saints’ Sidmouth – Creation Care Seminar.  Visiting Speaker: Billie Anderson, Tearfund.  Full details to follow at the end of April.

10 Tips For Eating For The Planet : Here’s how we can all make changes to our diet to help us eat healthily and sustainably, in a way which is good both for both us and for the environment. 

https://www.kerith.church/creation-care-course

Our Creation Care Course is based on the chapters from Dr Ruth Valerio’s book – “Saying YES to Life”.

Ruth is an environmentalist and theologian, social activist and author, and is at present the Director of Global Advocacy and Influencing at Tearfund. https://ruthvalerio.net/ We recommend you purchase a copy of the book or audiobook to help you follow along with the series. We have a couple of copies in the Mustard Seed, or it is available on our bookshop.org shopfront as well: https://uk.bookshop.org/books/saying-yes-to-life-originally-published-as-the-archbishop-of-canterbury-s-lent-book-2020/9780281083770

https://www.wwf.org.uk/what-can-i-do/10-tips-help-you-eat-more-sustainably

Interested in campaigning on the Climate Change agenda? Have a look at this site, which gives a way into that. Not sure about it yet? Have a look to see why some Christians think it’s really important!’ Christian Climate Action

What next? Following on from COP26

https://www.climatesunday.org/post/what-next-following-on-from-cop26

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:

March 2022

Reflection: In the last couple of decades, the amount of clothes we buy has doubled, using vast quantities of energy, raw materials, chemicals, labour and water.  Since we definitely don’t need them all, many of them get quickly discarded. 

Of all the clothes we discard worldwide, only 20% are reused or recycled.  One of the easiest ways to be greener is to make the best possible use of them, both while they’re in your wardrobe, and, when you’ve finished with them, by donating them, selling them, or sending them off to be made into new items. 

Pray:  Ask God to enable you to be responsible in your purchase and use of clothes. 

Act:  Open your wardrobes and go through the contents, weeding out those you no longer use and can pass on to a charity shop, clothes recycling centre or elsewhere.  Then do it!  When you next buy, buy clothes that will last and commit to using them until they wear out.  And this website gives you some other ways to reduce the amount of waste in your life: https://www.madeleineolivia.co.uk/blog/30-ways-to-reduce-your-waste

Some Key Dates to Watch Out For

Coming soon!

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!