10 Sep 2020
( GRAPH FROM WWF LIVING PLANET REPORT 2020)
The World Wildlife Fund's Living Planet Report 2020 makes depressing reading. Every two years WWF issues a report describing how far species populations have decreased since 1970 .This year the report states that ' The population sizes of mammals , birds fish , amphibians and reptiles have seen an alarming average drop of 68% since 1970'. The decrease in the numbers and variety of both plants and animals reflects the damage we are inflicting on our planet. Human activity has resulted in 75 % of the ice-free land surface being significantly altered , pollution of oceans and 85% loss of wetland areas. The loss of species affects other systems resulting in food shortages, disease and climate change.
The Genesis account reminds us that we were created in God's image and that God saw his Creation as good. God gave us ' dominion' meaning sovereignty or control but he wanted us to use that power justly. Instead we are destroying the natural world , even now large areas of the Amazon rain forest are burning. Understanding our responsibility to care for the World God entrusted to our keeping is essential if we are to halt the ever increasing destruction of ecosystems.