April 22

tree with leaves

This is Earth Day. The newsroom people on the radio were discussing if they were wearing green today. And they suggested planting a tree today.

I remember the first Earth Day, April 22, 1970. Somehow, we thought Earth Day meant cleaning up our houses! Everyone threw out their junk. Curbs around the country were littered with household items being disposed, many of them large! And what good did that do? It topped-off our landfills; in essence, creating more pollution.

The good resulting from Earth Day was Democrats and Republicans coming together to create the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts.

We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. For more information, go here to see what you can do on a personal level to clean up our precious planet and home — Earth!

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About 9awalsh

A genealogist and writer who has uncovered legacy stories which must be told. I also write a blog, Deciphering Life, trying to figure out why life becomes so tangled -- www.9awalsh.wordpress.com
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2 Responses to April 22

  1. Richard Lee Green says:

    “Do we understand “absolutes?” What does Rene Descartes (17th century) “philosophy”
    and postmodernism (Dr Mary Klages, Associate Professor, English Department, University of Colorado, Boulder) share? Christianity is not the only religion, you know. ……..”you surely won’t die and will be like gods”…….. “I know, this could take a little research on the web, but it could be well worth it and particularly thought provoking.”

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  2. Richard Lee Green says:

    Stewards of God

    Hence, all our actions of stewardship are to be done as part of our service to the larger will and purposes of God. In some sense, we humans are partners with God in being responsible for creation. As humans, however, and not gods, it might be more appropriate to say that we are responsible to creation. Most fundamentally, however, we are responsible to God to care for creation. This is our vocation under God.
    So often we make our plans and ask God to bless them. Instead, we are called to discern the plans of God and then to ponder how we can bring our lives into conformity with them. According to the Scripture, God wills for creation to thrive in all its diversity. God wills for air, sea, and land to bring health and well-being to all creatures. God wills care for the vulnerable. God wants there to be peace and justice in the land, for humans and non-humans alike. We need to see anew the purpose of our lives within the context of God’s larger purposes for the world and to exercise our stewardship in the context of this more embracing vision.
    The all-embracing vision of God for creation is violated, when there is injustice by humans against humans. The biblical authors know the close relationship between the ways people exploit Earth and the ways people exploit the poor. In the Bible, when people are oppressed, the rest of creation suffers too—the land languishes and the grains fail (Jer 2:7; Isa 24:4-7; Joel 2:2-20). We are called to steward resources not only in ways that generate sustainability for Earth’s resources but also in ways that sustain life for the poor and vulnerable. In biblical terms, we are to act out of God’s compassion for “orphans and widows.” We are called to care for the least and the lost—human and non-human alike—just as Jesus “came to seek out and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
    Yet there are pitfalls here, and we need to face them if our vocation as stewards is not to end in the arrogant and paternalistic role of the privileged few exercising control over the world and “the poor” to serve their own interests. If the task of stewardship is to serve as a sacred trust on behalf of all Earth-community, we must be willing to go beyond our own wants and desires in order to see creation through the compassionate eyes of the God who empowers the weak and makes common cause with the most vulnerable. It is only as servants of Earth community that we avoid paternalism.

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