Our institutions are focused on the individual and tend to neglect creation. Even our religious institutions focus on redemption at the expense of creation. Somehow we must find ways to change our current attitudes!
It is our responsibility to care for the Earth and the "gift of life". There is no doubt in my mind, that the most important environmental issue, we face worldwide, is population expansion. In only 35 years our world population will exceed 10 billion people. The changes that will be required need our attention today.
This issue is followed closely by the problem of deforestation. Efforts are underway to find ways of maximizing productivity of our limited land base, so as to feed the masses. These efforts include genetically manipulating plants to force larger production, formulating chemical fertilizers to produce more volume per acre and deforesting acres to provide increased acreage for crops. These efforts do not come without problems. For example, genetic alterations are proving in some cases to alter the grain or fruit to the point it is no longer digestible by the human body, as with wheat. Deforestation will result in shortages of pure water for human consumption, climatic changes, loss of carbon dioxide storage, loss of oxygen production and loss of productive top soil.
Some how we have to come together and change our ways and our future. We have a responsibility to future generations and that responsibility requires stewardship of our natural environment. I encourage you to consider ideas that might awaken people to search for new ideas of how we can live in balance with the life sustaining natural world. Together we can make a difference!
Re-doing parts of my book, are to try to amplify the importance of caring for our natural surroundings and hopefully, generating support from others to join in the effort. Observations tell us " What we do to Earth, we do to ourselves"!