The wonderful thing that’s happening today is that people are becoming more aware of the needs of our environment and are showing signs of willingness to make a change. When we talk of environment, it involves everything around us, not just the weather. It includes all the animals, plants and the human beings living in this planet.
There are so many easy ways to become more sustainable. We are all creatures of habit, and changing our behavior takes some time. Small steps are key, and once you find how easy each is, you will be surprised how quickly you can make a positive difference in protecting our environment for your family and your planet. Please explore our webiste for tips and information on sustainability.
Instructions: Thoroughly compare and contrast the state of the environment in 1948 and today (Don’t focus on one aspect, but try to give a general overview). Particularly focusing on the US, would you say that environmental regulations have become necessary during this transition period? Why or why not? What key events justify your position?
Another reason I am concerned about the environment from a Christian standpoint is that the human greed that is destroying God's creation is damaging the lives of others, both now and in the future. As a Christian, I have a responsibility to care about what happens to all people, not just myself and those that I know. That means that I also have a responsibility to ensure that the world is a place that can sustain all of God's children. The way that many of us live right now, myself included, is not a way of life that measures up to this responsibility. While I try to recycle and compost everything that I can, I still find myself giving in to what is easier and more timely, and not fulfilling to the best of my ability my responsibility as a steward of God's creation. Given the choice, I would much rather drive someplace than take the bus or light rail, because driving is faster and less of a hassle. I know that taking public transportation is better for the environment, but I often succumb to my selfishness and take the quicker, easier route in my car.
We have failed in the face of this challenge. The state of our environment today is not the state God's servants should allow his gift to be in. As a Christian, I am concerned about the environment for many reasons. At the center of my concern lies my belief that we are shunning a responsibility God gave to us, turning away from his challenge, and misusing a precious gift from him. We are not being stewards of the earth; we are being exploiters of the earth.
While some people consider global warming to be the most pressing environmental problem which we have at the moment, others believe that deforestation has a more devastating impact on our world.
I have not always understood the meaning of this passage, however, and I struggled with the idea that God wanted us to "subdue" the earth and "rule" over all of the living creatures. I thought that he was telling us that we could do anything we wanted to with his creation, without thinking of the consequences. The idea of God giving us a gift, especially such an incredible gift as the earth and all of its creatures, and then allowing us to use our power over it selfishly and carelessly, did not seem right to me. When I saw the price the environment is paying today for us to rule over God's creation in this way, I wondered why God had ever said those words to Adam and Eve and given us that kind of power.