What a pleasure it has been to help edit this issue of Footsteps while Helen Gaw is on maternity leave! I edited Footsteps from 1989 to 2007, so the last issue I edited was number 71. It has been a blessing to have contact again with friends and colleagues within Tearfund and the Footsteps Editorial Committee. It helps that the subject matter is very close to my heart.
This issue looks at some major topics, and considers how all of us can play a role in making our communities, our agriculture and our activities more sustainable. Can the world’s nations come together to solve the massive global issue of climate change (pages 1–3)? The future looks difficult for humankind if we cannot come together as a global community to resolve this issue. There is a real need for Christians to show leadership (page 14) and support advocacy work (pages 6–7). We also consider new sources of renewable energy (pages 12–13) and how to adapt our agricultural practices (pages 8–9).
Hope for the future comes from 2 Peter 3:13: ‘But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.’ My prayers are for the renewal of this beautiful, varied and God-given creation, as we all learn how to care wisely for the environment and live more sustainable lives.
Isabel Carter is Guest Editor of Footsteps 99, working together with Footsteps Editor Zoe Burden.
The next issue of Footsteps will be the celebratory 100th edition. We will be taking a little extra time to prepare this issue, which will be available in English in July 2016. Before then, please send us your best stories about how you have used Footsteps!
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