Faith Viewpoint: We must take action to save this planet

HERE is the Faith Viewpoint from Pam Martin of St John’s Church in Levens.

In environmental terms, we now understand that we need to tackle two major crises at once – because they are interdependent.

Those two crises are climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

In June 2021, the Cross-Party Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons produced a report called “Biodiversity in the UK: bloom or bust?”.

In that report committee members identified the UK as one of the most nature-depleted countries in the world and as having the lowest level of biodiversity remaining of all the G7 countries.

In their words: “To reverse the trend of biodiversity loss requires urgent transformative change.”

This week ‘COP15 – Biodiversity’ is taking place in Montreal under the chairmanship of China. Many people believe that this is our last chance to get a grip on this crisis and to begin to turn things round.

As a Christian, I see it as part of my responsibility to do all I can to reverse the decline in biodiversity, in the way I manage the land I am responsible for – my garden – and in the lifestyle choices I make.

I pray that at COP15 world leaders will once again put aside national vested interests and make decisions which will be good for all our global neighbours.

In particular I pray that the most vulnerable people in the world can be supported so that they have a chance to survive the existential dangers they are already facing from climate change and biodiversity loss.

The Westmorland Gazette | North Lancs