|May 21, 2010|
A big part of the global food and water crisis is this un-natural desire the 21st Century human population has for more, more, more.
Our current generations are defined by consumerism. Taking in as much as we can. Piling up stuff, buying the better upgraded version new stuff (like cell phones, computers and .mp3 players) when the stuff we bought gets slightly out of date but still works fine.
We consume food, buy clothing, leave the light on, drink bottled water. The waste we create is colossal. I wonder, just how much do we take in and chuck out within a day? The attitude of more, more, more has an impact on our water and food resources, simply we keep using it in reckless ways.
We have a ministry house in our neighbourhood, and I remember one day visiting our mission students, who were doing their best to love God, love people and be Christ followers in our neighbourhood. While I was making a cup of tea in the homely kitchen I noticed the recycling bin that had these words neatly printed in permanent marker “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Repent”. It’s a simple message, an important one I think.
How do we turn the tide from consumerism towards good stewardship and being fair? It starts at home, and then it has the potential to get bigger. It starts by understanding what is happening and not ignoring it. This consumption habit and consumerism is not going to go away on its own. Every small act can have a big impact. There is hope in each action we take to save and restore.
- Recycling one plastic bottle can save enough energy to power a 60-watt light bulb for six hours.
- One recycled aluminium can saves enough energy to power a television or computer for 3 hours or a 100-watt light bulb for 20 hours.
- A six-pack of recycled aluminium cans saves enough energy to drive a car 5 miles.
- Recycling one glass bottle saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours.
- Recycling a one-foot high stack of newspapers saves enough electricity to heat a home for 17 hours.
The attitude and behaviour of looking after people, the planet, and the resources is part of what it means to follow Christ. We can not pray with our lips and let our hand throw out the pop cans. Words need to be met with actions. I am not perfect but I am on a journey towards being responsible. I understand the cost of not changing.
Take a look at these images. Before clicking the link, say a short prayer, asking God to speak to you through the image. When you click the link, sit and look at the image for a full 30-60seconds before coming back to look at the next one.
- Garbage City: one and two
- Art from Trash
- Mass Consumption photographs by Chris Jordan. Click ‘Running the Numbers I or II’
2. Prayer Action
God please give us wisdom to deal with the things we possess that they may never possess us. Deliver us from the attitude and behaviours of consumerism. The more more more culture hurts us, our neighbours and the Earth.
Give us hope to restore. To start acts of change at home and see them impact the bigger world that we are connected to.
Let our words and our actions match. Help us to be Christ followers.
See May’s full justice post with all the details here
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