Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 27 March
“Do not forget the things your eyes have seen, nor let them slip from your heart all the days of your life; rather, tell them to your children and your children’s children.”
Deuteronomy 4:1, 5-9
Knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation. When to plant seeds, when the rains will come, when fish will be abundant in the river.
Much of this has been lost, with the introduction of new technology and as more and more of us are removed from where our food is produced.
Even for those who remain on the land, the old knowledge is beginning to fail. The weather is changing and the seasons are no longer predictable.
Jamal, a farming expert in Bangladesh, explains: “When I was a young boy, my experience was that we had six seasons. During the rainy season, we had rain. In the summer, it was hot. In the winter, it was cold.
“But year after year it’s been changing. Now we can’t differentiate. In winter, we have some rain. In the summer, it can be cold. This is different from before.
“Changes in the seasons also mean that seeds are sown, then within one or two days we have unexpected heavy rainfall and the seeds are damaged.”
A change in the weather
Our local team run a simple texting system to help people protect their precious crops. They send the weather forecast out to a community member every Saturday who chalks it up on a weather board in their village.
Farmers can then use their skills to plan ahead and avoid crop damage. The knowledge that has passed down through the generations can still be used, supported by new systems. The young are learning to match technology with farming traditions to adapt to a changing climate.
Ever-living God, you remain constant even when all about us changes. Help me to hold true to your word, to return to the roots of what is good, to stand firm in the face of challenges, and to do what I can to kindle hope for the future in this generation and for generations to come. Amen.
Watch our film about why some of our supporters are taking action on climate change to protect our common home. Then sign our petition on climate change asking the Prime Minister support measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to ‘net zero’ by 2045.