A Prayer

It seems that much of this dialog makes the average person and myself uncomfortable and I feel it in your presence all too often. Those that know me should also know that these are not new thoughts and feelings for me. They are some of the underlining conflicts (reference past and future blogs) I experience as I try to carve out a life in an areana that often contradicts my morals. I dont watch TV, take very little if any medication, recycle/compost just about everything I’m able to, rarely will be seen drinking from plastic/styrofoam(doesn’t that melt with a hot beverage?) and this is the first year we’ve run our AC more then 3 days just to name a few.

This heightened awareness (for lack of a better term) feels like a curse at times. Do we as individuals give any weight to our choices and conduct.

If you were the Almighty God and you were looking down on your creation, earth in particular,…how would you feel. As Christians we’re taught to do good deeds and that our salvation is based on a relationship with Christ, yet seem to be exempt when it comes to truly caring for the earth that sustains us. Much of this is what we were bought up in and assume as long as everybody behaves and participates in this fashion, it’s ok.

What if our salvation and survival were also based on, respect for all living things, right down to the micro organisims in the soil. The Greek word hamartia (ἁμαρτία) is usually translated as sin in the New Testament. In Classical Greek, it means “to miss the mark” or “to miss the target” . As Christians and the greater population…, we might be missing the mark.

As Christians perhaps we are teaching our kids the wonderful messages of Christ…, but leaving out this untaught respect for all living things…., we disrespect the greatest gift of all… Life on this planet! Life OF this planet as we know it. I know most of you won’t get it…another plastic bottle, a bigger car, a bigger house, a two hour comute to work, excesive water use, more industrial farming, and better living through chemicals… Some call these blessings.

Tasch (page 155) poses the question, “Is economic growth making the world better or worse?” He goes on to say it is tempting to scoff an immediate, “Well, of corse, it is making the world better!”

But the truth, at this historic juncture, has become double-edged.

Is it true China is building a new coal-fired power plant each week? That heart disease is exploding among the Chinese population because of fast food and smoking?Are we on our way to a one-billion car, rainforest-less planet? Would the United States be socially and enviromentally better off with no small farmers and the vast majority of its food imported from countries where it can be produced less expensively? Does continued media consolidation lead to higher quality, more diverse programing? Is the world better off if all the peasants leave the country side to drink coke and get jobs making shower curtains for export to the United States? Has the general sense of well being In America gone up over the past few decades in tandem with the overall rise of the GDP? Is it a welcome sign of progress that so many Main Streets in so many rural towns are littered with abandoned store fronts? Is it a sign of cultural health that there are more malls than high schools in this country?

I don’t have this all figured out, but do long for a life with more simplicity, not absent of hard work. To beable instill this unspoke bigger picture in the hearts and minds of my children. A bigger picture that goes beyond the bottom line, the growth rate of a business or this country, the consumerism that has shaped us as a people…As far as my children…we’ll see how that turns out. Just like our personal relationship with our creator…we all have free will.

I pray for your acknowledgment in these matters and welcome even your smallest acts of participation. For me this has been a life long journey and it would be more enjoyable with you by my side.

Remember, the biggest fear of Americans isn’t terrorism…it’s inconvenience.

Tasch, Woody. Inquiries into the Nature of Slow Money: Investing as If Food, Farms, and Fertility Mattered. White River Junction, VT: Chelsea Green Pub., 2010. Print.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Plastic has taken us into the future and has made many things possible and more convenient. All that convenience comes with a price though. First discovered in 1997 By Charles Moore, a conglomerate of plastic floating in the ocean that has grown to twice the size of France…Thats 0ver 424,000 square miles in size. Described more as a soup type arangement that reaches 10 meters below the waters surface.

The world’s navies and commercial shipping fleets make a significant contribution, he discovered, throwing some 639,000 plastic containers overboard every day, along with their other litter.

Worldwide, according to the United Nations Environment Programme, plastic is killing a million seabirds a year, and 100,000 marine mammals and turtles. It kills by entanglement, most commonly in discarded synthetic fishing lines and nets. It kills by choking throats and gullets and clogging up digestive tracts, leading to fatal constipation. Bottle caps, pocket combs, cigarette lighters, tampon applicators, cottonbud shafts, toothbrushes, toys, syringes and plastic shopping bags are routinely found in the stomachs of dead seabirds and turtles.

Should we care about this, or do we wait to feel the effects directly. Do we wait for the goverments to take action and implement yet another regulation. Do we have faith in God that this is part of the plan.

Or can we start with tiny steps to not use or minimize plastic bottles, styrofoam cups and plates, ect. Choose paper at the grocery store or betty yet, bring your own bag. I was at a graduation party this summer and was delighted that the young lady had bought used plates (real) and jars for pennies on the dollar and set up dish wash stations for the guests to clean their dishes, thereby elimination disposable dish ware. WHAT A GREAT IDEA! Fun as well! Great job Nicolette!

Remember to think outside the box like Nicolette, group think is killing us….

Have a wood day!

Water

Water is one of the key ingrediants of life, yet we give it very little respect. Here’s the first page of a few with neat facts about water.

United States
Environmental Protection Office of Water Agency 4601

WATER TRIVIA FACTS

  1. How much water does it take to process a quarter pound of hamburger?

    Approximately one gallon.

  2. How much water does it take to make four new tires?

    2,072 gallons

EPA 810-F-95-001 April 1995

  1. What is the total amount of water used to manufacture a new car, including new tires?

    39,090 gallons per car

  2. How many households use private wells for their water supply?

    17,000,000 households

  3. Water is the only substance found on earth naturally in the three forms.

    True (solid, liquid, and gas)

  4. Does water regulate the earth’s temperature? Yes (it is a natural insulator)

  5. How long can a person live without food?

    More than a month

    How long can a person live without water?

    Approximately one week, depending upon conditions.

  6. How much water must a person consume per day to maintain health?

    2.5 quarts from all sources (i.e., water, food)

  7. How much water does a birch tree give off per day in evaporation?

    70 gallons

  8. How much water does an acre of corn give off per day in evaporation?

    4,000 gallons

  9. How many miles of pipeline and aqueducts are in the US and Canada?

    Approximately one million miles, or enough to circle the earth 40 times

  10. What were the first water pipes made from in the US?

    Fire charred bored logs

  11. How much water is used to flush a toilet?

    2-7 gallons

  12. How much water is used in the average five-minute shower?

    25-50 gallons

  13. How much water is used to brush your teeth?

    2 gallons

  14. How much water is used on the average for an automatic dishwasher?

9-12 gallons 

Did you know that synthetic fertilizers contribute to dead zones in the ocean. see below from Wikipedia.

Dead zones are hypoxic (low-oxygen) areas in the world’s oceans and large lakes, caused by “excessive nutrient pollution from human activities coupled with other factors that deplete the oxygen required to support most marine life in bottom and near-bottom. 

Some of these were as small as a square kilometre (0.4 mi²), but the largest dead zone covered 70,000 square kilometres (27,000 mi²). A 2008 study counted 405 dead zones worldwide.[3][4]

For more info see link.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dead_zone_(ecology)

What steps can you take to conserve and not take water for granted.