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9 Ways to Help Save the Planet

9 Ways to Help Save the Planet

Environmental care is not controversial; it’s Christian.
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Mention the words "save the environment" or "go green" and you probably picture these phrases coming from a tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, hippy with liberal tendencies. Rarely would your first impression be of an impassioned Christian. But God created this world, called it good, and charged us with caring for it, so we, as followers of Christ, should do what little each of us can to care for the world we live in.

In his popular book Serve God, Save the Planet: A Christian Call to Action, Dr. J. Matthew Sleeth says, "We exist in a living, created world in which the Bible tells us that God knows every scale on a fish, every hair on our head, and the flight of every sparrow. We are to aspire to all things godly; therefore, it would be wrong to go through life in an unthinking or uncaring way."

If that's the case, then we must consider these hard facts:

  • Each year we place an estimated 121 million tons of waste in landfills, even though some of this waste will take centuries to decompose.
  • Each year 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated sewage, storm water, and industrial waste are dumped into U.S. water.
  • Around 30 million acres of lawn are routinely treated with lawn care chemicals, despite the fact that some chemicals commonly used on lawns have been associated with birth defects, mutations, and even cancer in laboratory animals.
  • Studies have found that newborn babies carry around 200 chemicals in their bodies just after birth, some with the potential to be cancer causing.
  • Nearly one-third of the honeybee colonies in the U.S. have disappeared, negatively affecting the pollination of many fruit, nut, and vegetable plants.
We, as appointed care-takers of God's creation, can no longer ignore these truths.

The truth is that God's creation is dying. Species of animals that he created no longer exist, and others, like the honeybees, are endangered and disappearing. Water that he provided to quench our thirst and meet our daily needs has become poisoned in some areas; we need not look any further than West Virginia's chemical spill for confirmation. Man-made chemicals are causing sickness and disease, and even killing children, adults, and animals. We, as appointed care-takers of God's creation, can no longer ignore these truths.

In Genesis 2:15, God charges men and women with caring for his creation, "The LORD God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it." He gave us dominion over all that grows and lives, but dominion does not equal exploitation. Yet, when we consider the facts above, many of the ways in which we have been treating his creation can only be seen as exploitation. We cannot turn a blind eye to the fact that our actions have long-term consequences. We can continue to toss unwanted items into landfills, but even though decomposition may be a natural process, it takes time, and our consumption is moving at a speed much faster than nature's timeline.

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Troy Wood

April 23, 2014  7:37am

As a chemist who grew up on a farm and worked in agriculture I am extremely saddened to hear the old school retort from Jen who is not aware of the toxicity studies of these pesticides. I wonder Jen if you hold stock in Monsanto? When agricultural products are made by man to be pesticide tolerant they accumulate in the plant tissue...this was certainly not God's design. And Jen, you may not sell directly to the consumer but many farmers do, which is why our family buys produce at farmer's markets and a local coop. Too bad some are missing the wholistic message here for one part they disagree with. The pesticides are toxic as copious journal articles in toxicology clearly set forth.

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Krista Stauffer

April 22, 2014  11:39pm

I second what Jen said. I am a Christian as well as a dairy farmer. Our products are not sold directly to consumers. Our community could not support the seven family dairy farms in our community. In order to continue as a family dairy farm we need to be part of a cooperative. You can follow along at thefarmerswifee.com and feel free to ask any questions.

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April 22, 2014  5:39pm

Sad that this article doesn't support US Family Farms many of whom have deep seated faith. I'm a mom, a Christian, a farmer, and a Registered Dietitian. Buy organic - thank you for acknowledging no nutritional difference between organic and conventional produce but recognize that "natural/organic" pesticides are not less toxic or safer than synthetic pesticides. Rotenone is a more toxic organic insecticide, BurnOut is a more toxic organic herbicide. Organic agriculture has over 3000 pesticide products available for use. I use both organic and synthetic by choice. Organic pesticides are not universally safer. Buy local - my family farm sells nothing direct to consumer. We sell exclusively to companies who can or freeze our produce. The grocery store is full of local foods without farmer on the labels but where do you think that food came from? We family farmers celebrate Earth Day every day leaving a sustainable future for the next generation.

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