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Wise use of Earth’s resources insures our progeny can use them too.
I believe the famous Greek scholar Aristotle advocated the use and consumption of things in moderation. This is good advice: apply the concept of “The Happy Medium” to what you use as much as possible. If people were to do just that more “good things” would be available for many more people. Even if we were to discover a dozen new Earths tomorrow astronomical distances are so great we would not be able to obtain natural resources from them nor, can we easily obtain any natural resource we may discover on the Moon, Mars or on asteroids.
Many of Earth’s resources have a limit and some cannot be recycled.
Coal, natural gas and oil could run out there is a finite amount here on our planet. Metals, papers and plastic can be recycled but I think recycling 100% is not realistic. Ships are lost at sea so deep it isn’t practical to retrieve them. Cloth and paper gradually turn to dust and get blown away by the wind. Yes items manufactured from plants (trees, grains) are called renewable but as the population of Earth increases land used to grow them for things may have to be used to grow food. The oceans once seemed to be able to yield unlimited food but there now are indications that the seas could be with large intricate Eco systems faltering. With the danger of oceanic demise comes the risk of widespread loss of our food chain; not counting the damage of climate change altering vital global climate stabilizing sea currents.
The Oceans once seemed to offer unlimited food and wealth.
It may be obvious to many people who stewardship of Earth’s resources goes beyond the use of fossil fuels, food sources and recycling plastics. Humans have effected the oceans and the atmosphere with waste material which in turn seems to have initiated artificial climate change and harm on a global scale. People have demonstrated high levels of intelligence and ingenuity when motivated by the opportunity for profit. Opportunity to reap vast personal wealth from the process of invention and production of useful or desirable things. Yes, innovation has improved the lives of countless humans and made some wealthy, yet the unintended consequences are now manifesting negative side effects; air and water pollution; tainted land; degraded natural beauty. Although greed and expediency may be significant causes of the ill effects, they are not the only reason for them: mismanagement and waste do harm also.
Farming is an ancient occupation that is now in change.
For much of human history farms were a family, clan or co-operative endeavor but now consolidation is transforming the way humans produce their food. Large corporations and companies are consolidating small and medium farms and ranches into large mega entities; the family culture is being supplanted by efficient science based industrial operations. Yes they increase efficiency but I worry about the potential for profit to be the priority over preservation and conscientious use. Short term gain may be more prevalent in our times which sacrifices long-term security but, does it have to be that way?. Our children and our children’s children will also need to eat; need shelter; clothing; energy for heating and cooling. I hope those who are considerate of long-term issues win over those who seek only immediate gain.
Christians can seem to be on the wrong side of these issues sometimes too.
In my study of Biblical principles I have learned about God’s goodness and through His Word it is written that God wants humans to use what Earth and its resources for good. This includes plants, animals and materials. Using and making use of, does not include excessive or abusive behavior as I understand it the message: good stewardship benefits all and is part of what makes life good. The behaviors associated with negative practices are greed, selfishness and neglect of the needs of others. I am a Christian and it is my desire that all should obtain eternal life by acceptance of Jesus Christ but, I also believe the needs of people should be considered (and we should help them when we can) as we spread “The Good News” about our God’s plan for Salvation.
What the Bible says about good stewardship and competent management.
Genesis 2:15 ESV
The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work and keep it.
Proverbs 12:10 ESV
Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
Proverbs 27:18 ESV
Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit,
and he who guards his master will be honored.
as well.Numbers 35:33 ESV
You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no ￼atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.
John 6:12 ESV
When they had all, had enough to eat, he said to His disciples, “Gather the pieces that are leftover. Let nothing be wasted.”
Leviticus 19:9-10 ESV
“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap your field right up to the edge, neither shall you gather the gleanings after your harvest. And you shall not strip your vineyard bare, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard. You shall leave them for the poor and for the sojourner: I am the Lord your God.
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