Respecting Our Planet

We all live on this planet, and as of this post there are no colonies on distant orbs in outer space.  So, just as we were called in Genesis 1:28, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the Earth! Take charge! Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air, for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth”, we are still called.  Being responsible for the earth does not mean that the Earth itself takes precedence over the needs of humans, but that the needs and desires of humans can come to a sustaining level of usage with the Earth.  We only have so much water, so much air, so many elements…there is no room for error.  We must take into account the implications of our actions before we do something, and not after.  Being greedy means using or taking more than we need for the immediate future…and this could seriously disrupt the flow of multiple ecosystems outside of our knowledge.

Our Beautiful PlanetFor example, there is a fine balance between reducing sediment, silt and suspended solids in our storm water runoff.  However, if we over treat the water, we may strip the naturally occurring rhythms of silting and deposition to the detriment of species that feed off of this material or lay eggs in it.  We should be careful to not overdo ourselves, but just take care to clean up the mess we make and not disrupt the Earth’s natural activities.  The Earth is a delicate place, but it is still very strong.  The force of hurricanes, tornadoes and tsunamis are all evidence of the hint of strength found here.  But because us humans have used, abused and pillaged the Earth’s resources for millenia without contemplation of the effects, we are finally seeing the fruit of our labor.  This is not the end, though, and its not too late.  We can start treating our planet with a little more respect and using the finite resources with more responsibility today to ensure a better, happier home for our kids and grandkids.