Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Earth Day?

I hear today is "Earth Day." Really. They have an "earth day?"

Now, lest you think me evil, I love the earth, I revere it as the life supporting orb that I inhabit. Everyday is Earth Day for me. I love nature, and in my photographs I try to reflect my conviction that a loving Heavenly Father wants us to find joy in the beauty He's created; to highlight the gifts we've been given daily. I just don't happen to be one who thinks the earth is in peril from human habitation.

  • I don't recycle.

  • I use regular incandescent lightbulbs, and I have several years worth stored.

  • I don't own a hybrid vehicle (Nor will I ever!).

  • I burn wood for heat, as well as for fun.

  • I drive a truck or an SUV depending on the day.

  • I keep my thermostat at 74ish when I use the pellet stove.

  • I usually run my dishwasher twice a day.

  • I use an electric dryer almost every day.

  • My husband and I have SEVEN biological children.

Apparently I have a HUGE carbon footprint. What's a carbon footprint?

I don't believe that a loving Heavenly Father would give us a place to live that doesn't have EVERYTHING we need to survive. I believe that all technology has been inspired by Him, and therefore, He intends for us to use it. That doesn't mean a license to abuse however.
We pick up trash, even other people's trash; we don't cut down trees in National Forests, or carve our initials into the trunks. We don't dump our oil in the gutter--or in the creek in our case, and we don't use chemicals on our pastures.
I think it's a matter of moderation. We live in a modern society, I know I am here at this time and place by design, and I'm GRATEFUL for the things I have to make my life easier.

Here is a lovely quote:

Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.

-John Muir, Naturalist and explorer (1838-1914)

Even John Muir knew that the earth is in constant changing motion. Nothing we humans can do on a large scale will change what's happening to our earth. It's all part of the Lord's plan.

Remember you are in the palm of His hand, and relax. The Second Coming will happen long before this planet gives us the last breath of oxygen, or the last raindrop falls.

Trust your maker; clean up after yourselves; stop worrying that the earth is dying. It is, but it's all part of grand plan that none of us has any control over. Only God himself knows when the day and the hour will be.


Audra MacK said...

So very well said. Have you read Earth, In the Beginning. It's by a Skousen. I'd love to discuss it with you. My dad freaked out at some of the ideas. But it was very thought provoking.

Tricia said...

That's the way to tell it. Love the post. There's enough common sense in these few paragraphs that perhaps you could pass it around to those who stand in need of it. Washington could use some!!

Jeannetta said...

Thank you both. Audra, I have the Skousen book, I'll add it to my "to be read" pile, and get back to you ;)

R.T. Vance - Paladin said...

I have a very good reason for using the cheaper bulbs. We function 24hrs in this house. It cut our bill in half. I put them in on the day ending cycle.

Temp is set to 74 winter, 70 summer.

I drive a hot rodded pickup; Diesels, and out of tune Motorbikes... Proudly!

The only reason I appear grean is because it save me from seeing red.