In her lecture, Dr. Ruth reflected on a “wonderful but wounded world” that has seen damage inflicted through climate change, plastic pollution, deforestation, the extinction of species and many other issues. Many of which have been highlighted to us through the COVID-19 pandemic such as the benefits of a reduction in air and noise pollution.
Dr. Ruth spoke of the significance both of our intimate relationship with God and Creation, and our role as human beings to be image-bearers and ambassadors of God for our neighbours and the wider natural world.
Dr. Ruth explained the value and importance of living in ways that don’t damage the natural wider world. Instead, living in ways that value other people and that take care of them; and of looking after the needs of our neighbours.
As churches, and as a Diocese, Dr. Ruth encouraged us to respond as Christians by speaking out about our broken relationship with the wider natural world, and spoke about the huge benefits of signing up to the Eco-Church scheme.
You can read about the current work of Eco-Church and find out how to get involved by reading their latest update here