Today’s assembly was in a local junior school on the theme of creation and recycling:
I have come today to talk to you about the world we live in.
I don’t know if you have ever thought of this, but it has really struck me that the more we move on – the more advanced as a society we become, with technology and computers and stuff like that, the more disposable or chuck away we become.
If anything is a bit old, we just throw it out and get a new one. These are the sorts of things I mean:
- As a nation we work our way through millions and millions of carrier bags every year. Years ago we would have owned one or two sturdy, strong shopping bags to reuse.
- When people have babies these days, many use disposable nappies, which they put in a bag and throw away. Not so many years ago, cotton nappies would have been washed and reused.
- As technology has moved on, and so prices have dropped, we even get rid of electrical appliances if they don’t fit in with the colour scheme of our kitchen!
- And to top it all we even have disposable contact lenses!
Before we move on I am going to need a volunteer to help me with some challenges:
- Show the volunteer a picture and then tear it up. You have to try and put this picture back together using the sellotape.
- Show the volunteer the rice crispie cake. Wrap it in a cloth and smash it to pieces with a hammer. Tip out the pieces and give the volunteer the sellotape and ask them to put the cake back together again.
Let this run for a couple of minutes, checking on progress, then judging the results.
Stop the proceedings.
Can you see that these things are basically fixable – except for the cake?
These things remind me of the world that we live in – our environment and our natural resources.
We live in a world which so easily disposes of things – throws things away – which causes a strain on our environment. And we often just brush things off, saying everything will be okay because we can fix or replace it – like the picture. But there are some things which cannot be fixed or replaced – like the cake.
I am a Christian and as a Christian I believe that this world that we live in was created by God, and that we, as human beings, have been given the responsibility of looking after the world and everything in it.
As we read in Genesis, in the Bible: So God created human beings in his image. In the image of God he created them. He created them male and female. God blessed them and said, ‘Have many children and grow in number. Fill the earth and be its master. Rule over the fish in the sea and over the birds in the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
God gave us, as human beings, which means ALL of us, the responsibility of looking after this earth, and all that is in it.
God made a wonderful world and he gave Adam, the first man, the responsibility of caring for it. Everything that Adam needed was provided for him – water, food and air to breathe.
We still have all of this today – so we need to take care of the world we live in.
- Not wasting water
- Sharing the food we have around the world fairly so that everyone has enough to eat
- Keeping the air that we breathe clean
- Looking after wildlife – animals and plants
We may not be able to look after the whole world, but we can look after the area we live in – our homes and our school.