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Christian view on environmental issues.

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Christian view on environmental issues The care of the environment is one of the most important issues that affects our society today. Some of the negative things which affect our world today are pollution, deforestation, destruction of the food chain, misuse of resources, destruction of the ozone layer .etc Christians are very worried about this because they think every person has a moral duty to look after the world. They take these instructions from the bible. Christians know that it took a long time to make the world and this is still going on. They use this as a rule to help their religion. Christian's religious truths are important because humans are the managers of the earth and so we should care for the earth, this is what God has taught us. We should not misuse it by polluting it or using up all the resources. Christians also suggest that they cannot do exactly what they want with the world, that is because it does not belong to them, but we should all share it. ...read more.

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Probably the greatest change that has taken place is deforestation. The forests of Europe, North America, the Mediterranean and China have been all wiped out by workers or people. England is now the least forest covered island in Europe. Deforestation has made the soil erode with much soil lost. We also lose many medicines because many different plants have now disappeared. Noah's Ark is a story that Jews and Christians believe is the proper way of how humans should treat the environment. This is an important teaching by god because Noah saves and preserves lots of species on which we depend, meaning humans should treat animals and the environment with respect. Some views of Christians are that the species are a part of God's good creations. Wanting to kill or injure creatures on purpose would be a religious offence. This view is shared by a famous poet called Samuel Taylor Coleridge who published in 1798 a well known poem called 'The Rhyme of the ancient mariner' in which the mariner killed a sea-bird and his ship was driven to the South Pole by storms. ...read more.

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In Britain, 6% of our species have become extinct during the 20th century. Once a species becomes extinct it has gone forever. We depend on other species for our livelihoods and our health. This is well explained in publicity material from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, who recognizes the need to retain genetic diversity in plants and through the Seed Bank Appeal they aim to have conserved by 2010 living seeds from 10% of all plant species for the benefit of future generations. In principle we should hand on to the next generation an environment no less rich than the one we, ourselves, have inherited. There should be a feeling of partnership with nature. We should all be responsible and committed to make sure we achieve sustainability on earth. To change people's attitudes we must all treat each other as equals, with specific attention given to the needs and rights of the 'weak' in our society, that is the poor, the landless, the homeless, the sick. ...read more.

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