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Tourists using the Mida Creek hanging walkway, which was built to raise funds for sending children to secondary school and to communicate a strong commitment to conservation. Photo: Colin Jackson

From: Natural resources – Footsteps 82

How to look after the precious natural resources on which we all depend

Our stewardship of natural resources

As a couple, we are experienced in environmental science and church leadership. We are enthusiastic about the many references to nature in the Bible and God’s call to us to work with creation in a way that protects and cares for what God has made.

Opening discussion

Describe how you look after nature. This might be a garden, a small vegetable plot, an animal, or even a houseplant.

Read Genesis 2:1-15

Read Genesis 1:26-2:3

The term ‘dominion’ (Genesis 1:28 in some Bible translations) has sometimes been misunderstood to mean we can do what­ever we like with nature. It actually means ‘to rule over’ and gives humans the responsibility of leadership.

Read Leviticus 19:1, 9-15, 23-24


Practical action

Find out whether organisations in your area look at environmental management and human care together. How can Christians work with others in the community to help do this?

Martin Hodson is an environmental scientist. Margot Hodson is a church pastor. They are husband and wife, and co-authors of Cherishing the Earth, how to care for God’s creation


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