We have #OnlyOneEarth. Let's take care of it.
Sunday June 5 is World Environment Day. World Environment Day is the United Nations’ principle vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment.
‘Only One Earth’, the theme for World Environment Day 2022, implores us to truly value the Earth, to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take seriously the call to protect the Earth that we share. World Environment Day is the biggest annual global event for positive environmental action and takes place every 5th June. This year’s host country Sweden got to choose this year’s theme and will be at the centre of celebrations around the planet.
World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organised many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests. This year’s theme invites us to think about how we have a vital role to play in caring for the Earth, and that if we don’t take this responsibility seriously, the stakes are very high. It challenges us to find ways to live sustainably in harmony with nature.
Concern about the environment is no longer just a topic of interest to ‘tree-huggers’, but indeed is now recognised as a major global issue. I even suspect that our recent national election results reflected in part this growing priority for Australians as well. As a Christian school, teaching about being responsible stewards of the Earth is intrinsic to our curriculum here at MECS, and indeed is one outworking of the gospel as we acknowledge the Lordship of Jesus over all areas of life.
Can I encourage MECS families to also take the opportunity of World Environment Day to share together about this really important topic, and to consider ways that you can as families celebrate God’s amazing world and express our appreciation in how we care for the environment and live sustainably.
As a part of this can I suggest emphasising the following:
God’s blessings as you take this teachable moment.