Looking after our planet
Editorial from June 2021
Well, hello June! Officially halfway through the year, we in the UK are looking forward to some brighter, sunnier weather than we’ve had recently. (Anyone else feel like spring passed us by?) I was born in summer and as someone with more melanin in their skin, vitamin D is extremely important to my health and wellbeing.
But it’s not just Black and Brown people who need more from the sun. Everyone in the UK is advised to take a daily supplement containing 10 micrograms (400 international units) of vitamin D during the autumn and winter months (October to early March), when we cannot make vitamin D from sunlight (Gov.uk).
Which brings me to the focus of this month’s edition; sustainability and the environment. As I write, we’ve all been bemoaning the lack of sunshine. However, the reason our seasons are becoming more and more haphazard (in the last few years we’ve had both blazing sunshine and snow in April) is because of changes to the environment we live in; and humanity has contributed towards that. Along with many of us, I make sure I recycle plastic, use a compost bin for food wastage and recently I have been using reusable sanitary products. But what else can we do to help preserve the planet God gave us to take care of (Genesis 1:26-28)? On page 10, environmentalist and theologian Ruth Valerio explains how her life changed when she became purposeful about living more responsibly – and gives suggestions as to how we can do the same.
It’s also encouraging to see how our younger generations – future stewards of the earth – are engaging with this issue. On page 29, members of the Young Christian Climate Network talk about the environmental issues they are most passionate about.
I want to say a huge thank you to those who have prayed and asked after me following some ill health earlier this year. I am much healed and on my way to full recovery! "The godly may fall seven times, but they will get up again" (Proverbs 24:16).
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