The environment is our inheritance. It is ours to care for and pass on to our children. God’s creation is a wonderful balance of nature. When we interfere with this balance, it is often impossible to fully understand the effects. What is becoming clear, however, is that environmental damage throughout the world threatens to have serious effects on God’s creation and on all our lives. All around the world we see the results of environmental damage: forests cut down and burnt, industrial pollution, soil erosion, deserts steadily growing, climate changes, global warming – the list is endless. However, our use of God’s resources can be in harmony with nature – we do not have to be destructive.

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  • Bible study: Caring for our environment

    Caring for our environment by Revd Tim Oakley. When God created Adam and Eve, he put them into a garden, with the responsibility of looking after it. We may not all have gardens, but as the descendants of Adam and Eve, we all have a responsibility for the ‘big garden’ around us – the environment. Unfortunately, because of our sin, we are not very effective at caring for it. Only when God completely remakes the universe, will we and our environment be in perfect harmony. Meanwhile, the ...

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  • Editorial - Our inheritance: the environment

    Most people believe that the creation of our planet began many thousands of millions of years ago. It is almost impossible for us to make sense of this length of time. However, it is easier to understand if we compare the earth to a person 46 years old.

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  • In search of water

    Dowsing or water divining, can mean different things to different people. To the scientific community it is superstitious nonsense; to many farmers in Britain and elsewhere it is a useful method of finding good water for their livestock; to many it is something of a mystery. Finally, some Christians believe it to be dangerous and linked with satanic powers. However, due to its widespread use in many parts of the world it is a phenomenon worthy of investigation.

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  • Letters

    Water divining The word divining is unfortunate in that it carries connotations of spiritual darkness and the occult. Water divining I would see at worst as harmless, and at best as a gift to locate water. It is a gift that can be used for the well-being of the community in finding the basic need of water.

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  • Moringa oleifera - a multi-purpose tree

    by Geoff Folkard and John Sutherland. River water taken for household use can be full of suspended matter, particularly in the rainy season. The water carries silt particles, solids, bacteria and other micro-organisms (some of which can carry disease). It is very important to remove as much as possible of this material before people use the water. Large water treatment centres do this by adding chemical coagulants to the water. These cause the particles to stick together (coagulate) and ...

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  • Resources

    A legend from India… ‘The traveller begged for shade. The tree gave it. Then he begged for food; the tree gave it.

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  • Sustainability -the key environmental issue

    by Mike Carter. Hundreds of books have been written about ‘sustainability’. Perhaps the simplest way of explaining what it means is to look at the word itself. Sustainability is about the ability to sustain. Can whatever it is we are doing, continue in the long term?

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  • What happens to the rubbish?

    by Isabel Carter. Piles of scraps of plastic, old batteries, paper wrappers and empty drink cans… Rubbish is a problem all around the world. Large cities and developed countries have rubbish collection schemes. In the rural areas of most countries this is usually lacking. Wherever people go, they tend to leave rubbish behind – even on the moon!

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  • Wildlife Management

    A case study from Zambia After many years of trying, through a very expensive law enforcement campaign, to deal with the poaching of wildlife, Zambia realised that no progress was being made. Poaching continued at the same rate – in some areas it even increased.

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