the_earth_seen_from_apollo_17Christian history 101 outlines the basics. On the first day, God created the Earth, time, light and the universe. Day two he created the atmosphere around us. Day three land and plants. Day four the sun, moon, and stars. Day five birds and sea creatures, and then day six land animals and man. Day seven God rested. Now I understand that this is all a bit watered down, but it gets to the point. God created all this, and we are destroying it. My question for those who are Christian and deny climate change is why? Why do you think it’s ok to avoid these signs? Why do you think it’s ok to destroy God’s creation? Why are you in denial of reality? What will it take for you come to grasp with this reality? It’s preposterous to think there are Christian who want to see a war of science and God. For the reality of it is without God there is no science. While a couple scientist has denied God that doesn’t make these factors opposites. The fact of it is we as humans are the #1 cause of the destruction of God’s creation.

polar_bear_-_alaska_croppedOne of my favorite animals are polar bears, polar bears are absolutely beautiful animals. They are fast, strong, and their pure white fur is simply beautiful. These beautiful creatures are a vulnerable species because of us. They can get as big as 1,500 lbs. They are designed to live in their environment which for many other species the climate would be unsuitable. Despite some false perceptions, the polar bear is a non-confrontational animal. They are stealth hunters and are just a perfect example of how great our God is. I could go on about the polar bear and their attributes, but that’s not the point. The point is we are in danger of killing these beautiful animals because we are unwilling to change. The polar bear population is expected to decrease by 30% over the next thirty years. Climate change and pollution pose a tremendous risk due to a decline of habitat. What going to occur if we do not tackle this problem is an increase of toxic contaminants and likely a rise in human-bear interactions. With the melting of the ice and the warming of the climate polar bears are not only at risk of overheating, but also drowning and starving. The key danger posed by climate change is malnutrition or starvation due to habitat loss. Polar bears hunt seals from a platform of sea ice. Rising temperatures cause the sea ice to melt earlier in the year, driving the bears to shore before they have built sufficient fat reserves to survive the periursus_maritimus_polar_bear_with_cub_2od of scarce food in the late summer and early fall. With the lack of food, they are unable to swim the extra distance and run the risk of drowning. Not to mention the potential for a higher mortality for the cubs. Look at that little guy, do you want him to die because you were too selfish to change?  I’m not a professional scientist, it’s not my strongest subject, I am a theologian, so I won’t try to tell you exactly how this process occurs I won’t give it justice. However, I am well aware there is plenty we can do to prevent this folks. Speaking of easy to prevent another major threat is pollution, if it’s on your heart to clean up the ocean please I urge you to follow this. If not, simply discard your items properly. Learn to recycle.

One of the biggest threats to our environment and to these polar bears is the oil industry. We need to continue to find ways to eliminate our reliance on oil. Alternative sources of oil need to be developed. There are plenty of sources which we can get gasoline which does not rely on an abundance of crude oil. Seriously, go and buy a hybrid. I’m not saying purchase a Nissan Leaf, I find them to be ugly. We all don’t have the money to purchase a Tesla, but one day we might. The Prius has been around since 2000, it’s a fantastic option, but for those of you who think this car is too “fruity” or too “uncool” or too “I’m a liberal” for your 2012 Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybridtaste just about every major car maker has a hybrid now. To the left is the Chevy Volt, Chevy is also making the Malibu wit280px-ford_fusion_hybrid_2nd_genh a hybrid option. On the right is the Ford Fusion another option. If you like Toyota, but not a big Prius person maybe you should check out the Camry. It like the other options is your standard looking sedan type vehicle. There are numerous options which 1200px-toyota_camry_-_cockspur_island_ga_july_2012you can look at and find a fit for you maybe with the exception of a pick-truck which the kinks are still being worked out on. They have vans and SUVs with hybriImage result for toyota highlander hybridd options as well. Driving a hybrid not only help preserve God’s creation, but it limits our reliance on fossil fuels, limits pollution, and save you money in the long run. So maybe you can’t afford a new car right now, no big deal, but when that time comes it might be a good idea to start looking. Taking on the oil industry with better options will also limit the impact oil companies have in Washington as well. While it may cost us a few jobs, in the long run, it’s not an industry which will disappear overnight providing plenty of time for people to adopt new skills. The more and more we sever our reliance on oil the closer we come to a cleaner planet.

Now I am sure many of you are wondering why Christians should take such an environmentalist stance, well it’s simple, God instructed us to do so. In Genesis God tells Adam and Eve, to “fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1:28), He doesn’t tell them to do with it as we please. We were placed here to have a domain, not to destroy. You have to understand we are stewards not owners of the earth. The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains The world, and those who dwell in it. For He has founded it upon the seas And established it upon the rivers (Ps. 24:1-2). None of this ours and as Christians, we have no excuse not to know this and protect the earth. Leviticus 25:23 reiterates this, The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me. We are all aliens and tenants of the land. You wouldn’t destroy an apartment that you’re renting so why would you destroy the land God is giving to you? Destroying the environment is a sin, believe it or not, don’t believe me ask the Pope.

Catholics should use this year to reflect upon sins they may have committed against the environment, and urge forgiveness for the “selfish” capitalist system which advocates “profit at any price.”

This is an urgent plea to anyone who still denies climate change. It gets to a point where you cannot deny this any longer. It’s kind of sad when the warmest year to date is consistently the present year.

The thing of it is as Americans fighting for the environment generally speaking does not cost money. It simply cost a vote, if we take a stand against politicians who oppose climate change we can make a lot of progress on this front. There are countless resources which we have which can create energy including the wind, water, and the sun. Instead of voting for the person who wants to cut regulations on water pollution, cut back on the EPA, or the one who continues to push for the use of fossil fuels or oil pipelines vote for the one who does not. There are countless plants which we can utilize to replace oil. Not to mention there are a number of ingenious innovations to help make these things possible.

The thing of it is there are countless options for us, but unfortunately, they do not get the necessary funding from the sources which they need to. You can get your own solar panels, not mind you these are not for everyone as roofing a house is not cheap, but these panels come in a variety of designs such as Image result for home solar panels elon muskthe trendy ones to the left which were created by Elon Musk and company or the more traditional one here on the right. Regardless, of the fact that you may not put one of these on your roof, we need to continue to develop options to create energy without damaging the environment. It is out duty to protect it.

Image result for smog wikiLikewise, even if you are selfish you should have a vested interest in protecting the environment because I want to breathe the air in this city on the left was said by no one ever. It’s not just a measure which should be done for us, but for future generations as well. I mean seriously though nothing says relaxing day on the beach more than old tires, plastic bottles, and a pile of deImage result for pollute beach wikiad sea creatures which fell victim to the pollutants put into their environment. Nothing must be more fun than making tImage result for beached whale wikio the beach to see that due to global climate change whales have now run around. Yes, people our actions also attribute to whales beaching. This is no longer a theory the harsh reality of this all is around us.

To be honest I do not understand why this is a debate. It is a scientific consensus that global climate change is real and we are contributing to it. To the remaining Christians who are not on board with this WAKE-UP!!! For whatever reason, you may have its time to put your ego aside because if you don’t future generations will all be getting an ocean view property (and I don’t mean in a good way). There is action which needs to be taken on this matter and it doesn’t take a whole lot of thinking or money, but it takes effort. It takes an effort of us taking action. Taking action to put leaders in charge who will support these measures. We need to become conscious of how our action impacts the environment. Maybe when its time to buy a car you should go with an eco-friendly option. Purchase energy star appliances. Add a solar panel or wind turbine to your property. Simply learn to recycle more effectively. Every little action you take brings us a step closer to a better planet.

 

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