Earth Day 2010

“We need to care for the environment: it has been entrusted to men and women to be protected and cultivated with responsible freedom, with the good of all as a constant guiding criterion.  … Humanity today is rightly concerned about the ecological balance of tomorrow. It is important for assessments in this regard to be carried out prudently, in dialogue with experts and people of wisdom, uninhibited by ideological pressure to draw hasty conclusions, and above all with the aim of reaching agreement on a model of sustainable development capable of ensuring the well-being of all while respecting environmental balances. … Prudence does not mean failing to accept responsibilities and postponing decisions; it means being committed to making joint decisions after pondering responsibly the road to be taken, decisions aimed at strengthening that covenant between human beings and the environment, which should mirror the creative love of God, from whom we come and towards whom we are journeying.”
Pope Benedict XVI, 2008 Message for World Day of Peace

“To commit a crime against the natural world is a sin. For humans to cause species to become extinct and to destroy the biological diversity of God’s creation, for humans to degrade the integrity of the Earth by causing changes in its climate, stripping the Earth of its natural forests, or destroying its wetlands . . . for humans to contaminate the Earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life with poisonous substances–these are sins.”
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, 1997

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  1. I have often wondered why Christianity, particularly Orthodoxy and Catholicism, are not at the forefront of the environmental movement which has mostly been taken up by radical secular ideologues who have other axes to grind at the same time. Because creation is a gift from God, traditional Christianity has always found an affinity with nature as a “window” to God and through which His existence can be “seen” by the mind as St Paul tells us.
    I personally have an issue with the private automobile, the destruction it causes and has caused to the planet. There is no reason for all those poisons in the air, the mega-megatons of asphalt covering our earth, the waste of beautiful animals on the roads, the carnage of human beings in the past century, etc. The car for me seems the worst of all the blights on the environment, on God’s creation. But then, how many would consider public transportation that runs on electricity, such as trains and trams?

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