Every day we get more truly bad news about the state of Earth’s environment — from rising and warming seas to scorching droughts, ice caps melting, massive storms wreaking billions in damages, and ongoing deforestation that removes the planet’s best mechanism — trees — for fighting the overload of human-caused carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
– George Ochenski
Editor’s Note: In response to her critics, young Greta Thunberg has a simple mantra. ‘Don’t listen to me – listen to the scientists’. It is a powerful and compelling strategy by the young Swede who is currently sailing the Atlantic Ocean en route to the UN General Assembly.
Throughout the remainder of August we will focus largely on the threat to the environment and to the future of our young.
On August 22, 2019 the on-line magazine Counter Punch published an essay by George Ochenski, a columnist with the Missoulian.
The essay highlights the disconnect that has occurred between the rhythms of nature and human beings who are now several generations removed from the land, having settled in cities. Some living in ivory towers from where they conduct businesses that are wrecking havoc upon the natural world.
Here are the opening paragraphs of the essay, with a link to the full essay following:
“Every day we get more truly bad news about the state of Earth’s environment — from rising and warming seas to scorching droughts, ice caps melting, massive storms wreaking billions in damages, and ongoing deforestation that removes the planet’s best mechanism — trees — for fighting the overload of human-caused carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Meanwhile, the planetary temperatures continue their inexorable rise, with July posting the hottest global temperatures ever recorded in more than 250 years.
“There is general scientific consensus that a million species now face almost certain extinction and as technology has advanced, the planetary pillage has grown by leaps and bounds. Now the seas can be plundered by electronically locating schools of fish, which are then swept up in gigantic nets that capture both target and non-target species indiscriminately. Feller-bunchers roar through dwindling forests at an astounding pace, with one machine and operator doing the work that used to require dozens of loggers. Enormous tractors till vast factory farms, which are then drenched in herbicides and pesticides that both kill target and non-target species of plants and insects…”
You may read the full Counter Punch article by clicking here.
We live in an age when Christians and people of all faiths, and all people of goodwill, need to unite in prayer and solidarity to accelerate the ecological conversion urgently required to save the planet.
Let is commit to living lives of greater simplicity, less consumerism, far less red meat, and with a growing reverence for the web of life that is now under threat.