O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
You cause the grass to grow for the cattle,
and plants for people to use,
to bring forth food from the earth,
and wine to gladden the human heart,
oil to make the face shine,
and bread to strengthen the human heart . (Psalm 104: 14-16)
With the COP 26 Summit on climate change in a few weeks’ time the Iona Community’s book Living Faithfully in the Time of Creation quotes The Letter to the Earth, written for the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, which is as relevant today as it was then – if not more so:-
We are of the earth.
We honour the earth as a place of living beings.
We praise the Earth for its beauty and biodiversity.
We recognise a shared responsibility to care for,
restore and relish the earth.
Speak to us through the Earth, now and forever.