A new report shows that, after several years of reductions, U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 rose by 3.4%. This discouraging "backward progress" will mean that more people suffer from the effects of droughts, severe storms, and sea level rise.
We know that Scripture calls us to care for our fellow human beings, but consider that God also cares for wildlife as well. Most of us are familiar with God telling humans to "be fruitful and multiply," but in Genesis 1:20-21 we see that God created the birds, the sea creatures, and everything that moves, and in vs. 22 God "blessed them, saying 'Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth." It is clear from the very first page of scripture that God's desire for the earth is to have an abundance of wildlife.
So let us continue to press on toward carbon reductions in order to create a safe world for people AND God's creatures to thrive and be fruitful.
Heavenly Father, we repent for failing to comprehend your heart for all of your creation, and we pray that our political leaders will make wise decisions to support human flourishing and an abundance of wildlife. We pray that as the world comes together to implement the Paris Agreement, that we as the Body of Christ will raise our voices to speak for those who can not speak for themselves. We ask that you renew our minds and awaken our hearts to your care for ecological systems that support life on earth.