I am sitting by the open window listening to a sky lark! I have not heard one for ages but years ago there were a number nesting in the fields around and when I was walking the dog I used to try to spot them up in the sky. We had cuckoos, too but I have not heard one here for a number of years.

There was a protest song with the refrain ‘When will they ever learn’ and I often wonder – when will we ever learn?

God created the heavens and the earth. He then made man ‘in his image’ and saw that ‘it was good’ (Genesis 1:31). He expected man to care for the planet but instead we have used it, abused it and plundered it to the brink of extinction.

A report produced by WWF and the Zoological Society of London, has found that the number of vertebrates – mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish – on earth has fallen by more than half since 1970. The report concludes, there are 52 per cent fewer vertebrates alive on Earth than there were when someone now in their forties was born. Likewise, the number of insects worldwide had fallen by 45 per cent since the Seventies, while human populations had almost doubled.

We could help to save the planet by being more considerate and less self centred.

As God’s children we are interdependent. There are resources enough if we only take what we need and stop throwing consumables into landfill and throwing half the contents of the fridge onto the compost because we bought too much and it is now past its ‘sell by’ date.

Leviticus 19:9-10 states that “When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to its edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner,” yet we insist on reaping beyond the edge time and again.

I am trying to ‘declutter’ although progress is slow. However there are occasions now when I see something and think ooh! Then I think ‘Do I really need this?’ It feels good when the item goes back on the shelf. Try it and see how it feels.

As the Psalmist in Psalm 24 says ‘The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.’ That includes all the other creatures.

Hope you have a good summer and do listen out for sky larks.

Christine Bostock