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Facing the issue: The environment

What do Christians believe about caring for our world?

Why is it important to look after the environment?

How does a view in a creator God affect how some Christians respond to environmental issues?

Christians believe that God created the world and that He created the environment in which we live. God cares for the world – in fact one of the first instructions He gave to humankind was to look after the land.

Watch some of the films on this page to find out what some Christians believe about the environment.

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