Global warming and the Acroporid decline in the Caribbean

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  1. Good Stewards?

    America has come to a consensus. The American people want to protect the environment.
    Unfortunately, there’s a mindset today in America: If you care about the environment, you’re probably not a conservative. My advice? Republicans should head for the hills. Literally. Climb a mountain, go on an adventure, join the millions of Americans who enjoy the outdoors and want to take care of it.
    Too many Republicans have forgotten that conservation is conservative. Many are now realizing there’s a lesson to learn and a legacy to be passed on to our children and grandchildren, not just on family values and taxes, but also on the environment.
    – Rep. Dave Reichert (R-Wash.)

    All of us who care about the environment can easily become depressed. The news is so often profoundly disturbing: the destruction of forests, the disintegration of coral reefs, the extinction of species, over-fishing, global warming and a multitude of other disasters and gloomy forecasts can cause us to wonder if there is any point in even trying to take action. But God’s word provides much-needed grounds for hope, e.g. the prophets Isaiah and Hosea foretell a time of human and environmental harmony, and Colossians 1, verses 15-17; Romans 8, verses 19-23.

    It is easy for us to understand that God cares deeply about all his creation. The Bible makes this clear in many passages, e.g. Psalm 50, verses 10 & 11, where God says “every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know every bird in the mountains, and the creatures of the field are mine.”

    God instructs his people to rule over “the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground” in a way that reflects his own image. Not just his power, but his unselfish love, mercy and tender compassion.

    The environment is an issue of justice. Often it is the poor who suffer first when the environment is damaged.

    Caring for Creation should be every person’s business, everywhere. From individual homes to the household of the biosphere, every person and every institution is a steward of Creation, serving and being served by the creatures and processes that nurture and sustain us all. By serving creation and one another, we serve and glorify God. And God has provided Creation as the great evangelist, awakening humility, awe and wonder at the divine power and majesty. In its beauty and integrity, Creation itself praises and points to the One in whom all things are held together, the One who calls us to serve and keep the garden. We need to go out of the laboratory and classroom and into the vast “University of Creation” where they can behold for ourselves the wisdom and glory of God.

    Gen. 2: 15 … The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it . .

    There’s a huge overlap between environmental stewardship and economic stewardship. When you think about it, God created the world so that we depend on it for our material existence. That includes the natural environment and all the stuff that we build from the natural environment. He allows us to make a living from it, and when we take care of it well, we prosper.
    — EEN’s R. Pritchard


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