We are ‘stewards’ of creation
David Jones on helping to preserve the world for generations to come
PLASTIC is everywhere! It’s hard to imagine that since plastic was invented much of it still exists as scientists tell us that it takes about 700 years for full decomposition.
We use around five trillion plastic bags a year worldwide! The US alone throws away enough plastic bottles in a week to encircle the world five times.
Last year China, to whom we export much of our plastic waste, announced it is to be far more selective in what it will accept of such waste in the future. According to many environmentalists we are just scratching the surface as far as recycling is concerned and some radical re-thinking is needed together with the will to make changes that will make a difference.
The Welsh Assembly took the initiative of charging for plastic bags and England soon followed, seeing a sizable reduction in their use. This was a big step forward, but it does raise the question as to whether we really need all the plastic and packaging that is causing such pollution and damage especially to marine life.
One of the toys our fiveyear-old grandson had on his birthday was so heavily packaged with hard thick plastic that I had to get a handsaw to release it!
Then again, a package from an online retailer had so much bubble wrap in a cardboard box that would easily have held three of the items we ordered.
I suppose it would be seen as over simplistic to recall days when milk was delivered in bottles which were then rinsed and put out for collection and reuse. Or those Corona pop bottles with their distinctive tops which were returned for use again . . . and again.
My school summer job in a local brewery saw beer and pop bottles returned and a whole day would be set aside for washing and sterilising. I wouldn’t suggest for a moment that fish and chips wrapped in newspaper was the most hygienic form of packaging but no-one complained – as far as I know!
The Bible speaks of us as being ‘stewards’ of creation. Jesus told a story of three servants entrusted with sums of money to invest while their master was away. Two invested thoughtfully and wisely and were well rewarded, the third buried his money in the ground and did nothing. That’s not an option as far as the environment is concerned – God said: “Let there be light”; creation was born and entrusted to our care.
Let’s ensure that as good stewards we invest in ways of preserving this wonderful world for generations to come. In the end it’s up to us!