In today’s world, “being green” is definitely the “in” thing to do and be. While many people take a political slant when speaking of their desire to focus on green living, I have chosen to stay away from the political talk and look at my desire to protect the environment from a stewardship standpoint.
Consider Genesis 1:26-31 (ESV) with me:
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
It is my understanding that God’s desire is for his followers to not only use the creation to support themselves, but to protect the good creation. Just like any other of God’s gifts to us, we have a responsibility to be wise stewards of the gift of the Creation. Therefore, we are to thank God for his gift and be careful to not squander the gift that he has given us in the Earth.
As a biologist, I understand the dangers that we humans can pose on our surrounding ecosystems. Therefore, I have taken some small (and easy steps) to help preserve and protect our planet. As much as possible, I ride a bicycle to school. I also sort our trash for recycling at home and at work. Finally, one step I have taken is my use of a reusable water bottle (primarily, a Nalgene wide-mouth 16oz bottle). According to Nalgene’s “Refill-not-landfill” website:
|8 out of 10 plastic water bottles used in the United States become garbage or end up in a landfill. (Container Recycling Institute)|
|The energy we waste using bottled water would be enough to power 190,000 homes. But refilling your water bottle from the tap requires no expenditure of energy, and zero waste of resources. (PBS Point of View 2004)|
|Producing all of the bottles for the US requires more than 1.5 million barrels of oil annually. That’s enough to fuel 100,000 cars. (Earth Policy Institute)|
Therefore, I encourage each of you to visit http://www.refillnotlandfill.org and see how you help to sustain our ecosystem by simply purchasing a reusable bottle. No, you don’t have to purchase a Nalgene product, however, I have used their bottles for years, and I highly recommend their products as they are very durable and are made without using harmful chemicals such as BPA.
If everyone were to take such small steps, together we would have a great impact in protecting our world for the next generation.