Saturday, May 24, 2008
In recent years, the popular thing is to be “green” or ecologically responsible. This seems like a new idea, however, it’s nearly as old as time. The responsibility of mankind is given in Gen. 1:26-30, 2:15: “…let them have dominion…” God created a beautiful earth, and left us to keep it. We must realize, first, that the earth is His (Ps. 24,) and we are the caretakers. The main reason that being “green” has become so popular is because we’ve seen the results of our irresponsibility. Some examples…
Stratospheric ozone depletion threatens us with enhanced ultraviolet radiation at the earth’s surface, which can be damaging or lethal to many life forms. Air pollution near ground level, and acid precipitation, are already causing widespread injury to humans, forests, and crops.
Heedless exploitation of depletable ground-water supplies endangers food production and other essential human systems. Heavy demands on the world’s surface waters have resulted in serious shortages in some eighty countries, containing 40 percent of the world’s population. Pollution of rivers, lakes and ground water further limits the supply.
Destructive pressure on the oceans is severe, particularly in the coastal regions which produce most of the world’s food fish. The total marine catch is now at or above the estimated maximum sustainable yield. Some fisheries have already shown signs of collapse. Rivers carrying heavy burdens of eroded soil into the seas also carry industrial, municipal, agricultural and livestock waste – some of it toxic.
Loss of soil productivity, which is causing extensive land abandonment, is a widespread by-product of current practices in agriculture and animal husbandry. Since 1945, 11 percent of the earth’s vegetated surface has been degraded – an area larger than India or China combined – and per capita food production in many parts of the world is decreasing.
Tropical rain forests, as well as tropical and temperate dry forests, are being destroyed rapidly. At present rates, some critical forest types will be gone in a few years, and most of the tropical rain forest will be gone before the end of the next century. With them will go large numbers of plant and animal species.
A World Bank estimate indicates that world population will not stabilize at less than 12.4 billion, while the United Nations concludes that the eventual total could reach 14 billion, a little more than double of today’s 6 billion. But, even at this moment, one person in five lives in absolute poverty without enough to eat, and one in ten suffers serious malnutrition. (“World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity” issued in Washington, D.C., by the Union of Concerned Scientists on the 18th of November 1992, on behalf of over 1600 scientists, including a majority of the living Nobel Laureates in the sciences.)
This is proof of our irresponsibility. It's interesting that some of the people who are leading this “green” charge have no regards for God. It’s equally interesting and sad that those who profess faith in God aren’t among the leading proponents. Shouldn’t we, as God’s ambassadors, be the most responsible caretakers? Maybe our thought process is that the end time is drawing near, and we’re going to be taken from this world. Well, that’s hardly an excuse.
In all of this rambling, I’m speaking to myself as well. I’m one of the worst. While I don’t leave the water running while brushing my teeth, I do throw away many things that could be recycled, such as paper and plastics. I'm not going to go live in a tree or anything, but I am going to be more responsible because I think that we, as followers of God, should be more conscious of the issue and lead the charge as a biblical principle. Have you ever looked at being “green” as a biblical mandate?
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