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We are all part of the hope for 'nature in crisis'

A brief look at the bigger picture of nature in crisis and five things each of us can do to make a difference today.

Written by Tarryn Pegna | 13 Mar 2023

Sunset in Malawi.

A Malawi Sunset. ‘The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.’ Psalm 19:1. Credit: Chris Boyd/Tearfund

Just a few minutes into BBC’s Wild Isles, and we have seen the beautiful and yet brutal circle of life reflected in an orca hunting a seal pup. ‘Nothing is wasted,’ Attenborough says, as he narrates alongside stunning footage of the habitat and the hunt. This is a key wonder in nature. Nothing is wasted. Every piece and particle will return to the natural cycle to become, once again, a crucial part of the regeneration of life.

In many cases, humans have not been so good at this. Every day, we pour more and more waste into our environment. And, as David Attenborough has said to the press as part of the WWF Save the Wild Isles campaign, ‘Nature is in crisis.’

Whilst this particular campaign and TV series is heavily focused on Britain, its messages are relevant to all of us on a much wider scale. Because, if nature suffers, we all do – especially people living in poverty.

God in creation

The glorious wonder of creation is, as always with Attenborough’s work, front and centre. In Psalm 19:1, the psalmist writes, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.’ Creation’s magnificence draws our eyes to the Creator. To the one who spoke into being this planet, this life in all its plant and animal incarnations, this beauty, this system of growth and regeneration and divine design that works together in intricate perfection.

If we are inclined to forget, for a moment, the wonder of God, the images of creation captured in BBC Wild Isles are a stunning reminder. If we want inspiration to work toward repairing what has been damaged, then here it is too.

Because, as David Attenborough has said in this campaign, ‘The truth is, every one of us, no matter who we are, or where we live, can and must play a part in restoring nature.’


‘The truth is, every one of us, no matter who we are, or where we live, can and must play a part in restoring nature.’
David Attenborough

Hope for creation

It’s the same message we’ve heard from Christian climate activist Laura Young. @lesswastelaura spoke to us about the hope she sees for our planet, saying, ‘We know everything we need to do, we just need to do it!’

Nature in crisis is not God’s plan. Apart from the destruction of its beauty, the impact on nature by human actions that don’t respect or protect it has devastating effects on people all around the world. As ecosystems are unable to function properly and climate patterns change, crops fail, natural disasters occur more frequently and on a more deadly scale, and people are pushed further into poverty.

But, you are God’s plan.

You can make a difference.

Here are five things you could do today:

Pray with us about the crisis in nature:

Holy God, creator of the earth and the heavens, we praise you for the wonder of nature. Thank you for the intricate, incredible beauty of all you have created. Please forgive us for where we have not protected and respected our planet and, in doing so, other people who live on it. Please will you give us all the strength, courage and wisdom to change what needs to be changed and to do what needs to be done to repair what has been damaged. Give us new solutions and new hope as we work together toward a better way of existing. Amen.


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Written by  Tarryn Pegna

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