One cannot deny that science and technology has provided major improvements in our life styles and educational developments however, history clearly demonstrates scientific advancements have accelerated the destruction of our natural world. Sadly, we have made such great advancements, humans now poses the ability to make life and death decisions about the future of Mother Earth! If we choose to continue on our current path, our future time on this majestic planet will be limited.
Genetic engineering, introduction of non-indigenous species and our greedy demand for Earth's resources are seriously damaging our natural surroundings that supply the life-sustaining elements we depend upon. The separation between the secular and spiritual world is exacerbating our problems and must be eliminated so we can join hands in re-kindling our sacred relationship with our Universe and Earth communities! This will require our religious institutions to take a dominate role in expanding our understanding of the complexity of creation and our reliance upon the natural world for the sustenance of the life-systems and the human community. Our religious leaders, today, are focused on redemption of the individual at the neglect of creation.
With deforestation being one of the top environmental issues we face worldwide, foresters must play a key role in the effort to manage and enhance the life-sustaining elements provided only by our remaining forest communities! The first requirement is to redefine forest science as something far more complex then, "growing trees as crops"! We must recognize the most important element in managing our natural world is "DIVERSITY". If you study the detail and complexity of creation, it becomes obvious the natural life-systems of planet Earth exist and function due to diversity! Natural resource students must understand the complexity of the evolutionary story of creation and focus on the role they will play in the next step of the creation process! Our environmental educational priority must be our youth, most of whom now live in congested urban locations far removed from their natural surroundings!