Is global warm real

Yes.

Most scientists will agree that global warming is occurring because of man-made causes such as carbon dioxide emission. Carbon dioxide is emitted from industries, cars, the burning of fossil fuels, etc.  Before 1850, carbon dioxide emission was at a relatively safe rate but the boom of the industrial revolution over time spiked carbon dioxide emissions exponentially.

This increase of carbon dioxide emissions correlates with the of the average global increase temperature of 1.39 °F at the same time of the industrial revolution.

Is Christianity the “environmentally unfriendly” religion?

Conservation and religion are bound by sets of values that vary depending on the religion in question. In the case of Christianity, the set of values that are often put forth by the Bible do not focus explicitly on the conservation of natural resources and caring for the world around you. While this isn’t an issue in itself, many people interpret the bible as allowing them to do whatever they please with the natural resources

In comparison to some of the eastern religions Christianity does not offer any guidance on how to deal with their natural surroundings. Many of the eastern religions encourage being at peace with your surroundings. While this is open to the interpretation of outsiders, those that practice these religions are very conscious of the environment they live in.

Obviously, the bible will not be changed or amended any time soon but hopefully the way it is interpreted is. The sooner this change in thought happens the better off our planet will be

Ticking Clock

There is always a limit, resources are not limitless, but how soon will that actually happen and what are the consequences of running out of them? I thought I would make a quick list of certain resources we as humans use from the planet and how long the reserves will last:

  • There are between 1-3 trillion barrels of oil left in reserve on the planet as of now, that sounds like a lot, but at the rate we are consuming it that will be depleted in 35-100 years
  • Lead reserves are estimated at about 85 million tons and is projected to run out in as little as 44.5 years
  • Mining of copper occurs at a rate of 12 million tons per year with only 300 million tons in reserve allowing for this resource to be depleted in about 25 years
  • 4 million + tons of tin is left in reserve on this earth with this resource running out in between 25-44 years

After reporting just four major resources that we use on a daily basis for fuel, car batteries, ground cables, piping, and cans; the realization that we are headed for a large disaster in the upcoming future is not hard to see. The rate at which humans consume these resources is astonishing and makes me wonder what will happen once they do eventually run out? Humans have always been resourceful in coming up with solutions to problems, but will we be able to avert ourselves from this impending doom?

The solution is not an easy one to answer and I don’t know exactly how the world should go about it. I do know that if we continue at this rate, there will need to be a large lifestyle change of the world due to the unsustainable practices we have developed.  What do you think? Should the world continue on this path until nothing is left or is there an alternative that we can take?

Biblical Environment: Bible Passages and Enviromental Stewardship

I wanted my first post on this blog to be more related to how I feel about the environment and how that relates to my religious understanding so that future blog posts can be viewed in reference to this one. When I think of the environment and religion together the same verse pops into my head over and over, which is Genesis 1:28:

“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.”

Now some may take the verse and run with it saying humans can do whatever they want with the land because God said we should have dominion over it. Personally I think that is taking the scripture too far and looking at it from an extreme angle. I think that the message is more in the realm of yes humans are dominant on the earth with regards to its resources, but as such we should take care of it so that future generations can hold dominion over it as well. Continuing off of this idea, Proverbs 12:10 says:

“Whoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel”

Humans do have the power and skills to control over the environment with an iron fist, but we should be stewards of the land and have regard for the animals and plants of the earth.

I am not saying all resources are off limits and we need to completely leave the land untouched, but I am more hinting toward a middle ground where humans use the land responsibly. God created the heavens and the earth, personally I don’t think God would appreciate humans destroying that creation. I also think God realizes the realities of life and created this planet in order for us to use its resources to provide for each other.

With taking a broad stroke on US environmental policy, I think that we can work together with the government to find a responsible medium where resources are being used, but in an environmental sustainable way. Like Genesis 8:22 outlines:

“While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease”

As long as the earth is present, humans will tend to it. We must take our responsibility of taking care of the planet seriously, or else face the consequences later in life.

Conservation and Religion: They Can Go Side By Side

Conservation and religion, seems like a strange combination right? Admittedly, it is, but there are a few things that tie the two together. I’ll stay away from bible passages that don’t make an explicit statement. Interpretation of those should be left up to the reader.

The ties that I draw between conservation and religion are based on the respect that most Christians have for God’s creation. I’m not talking about leaving resources completely untouched, but rather just using them in a manner that would not disrupt the rest of creation unless necessary for survival. Even a little bit of thought about the impact of excessive resource use goes a long way.

I know what I’m trying to say might sound a little “Green Dragon-y”, but I am not trying to take this to any extreme level. All I am saying is that responsible use of the resources that are given to us. The idea of conservation should not be a religion in itself, but rather an extension of religion, regardless of what you practice.

Farming: Do It, Bible Says It’s OK

God did make the world for us to live and do with what we please, but his/her intentions was for us to do it with good intentions and responsibly. In the bible verse Genesis 1:28 it says’God blessed them and told them, “Multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Be masters over the fish and birds and all the animals.” And God said, “Look! I have given you the seed-bearing plants throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food. And I have given all the grasses and other green plants to the animals and birds for their food.” ‘ So God was saying that he made the world for us to live and one way to live is by farming.

The bible does talk about how to farm responsibly in a couple different verses. In Exodus  23:10 – 11 it says: ‘Plant and harvest your crops for six years, but let the land rest and lie fallow during the seventh year. Then let the poor among you harvest any volunteer crop that may come up. Leave the rest for the animals to eat. The same applies to your vineyards and olive groves.’ I know many people that practice this today just not in exactly the same way. Some farmers today will plant corn or beans for several years then plant grass and let it grow or even turn cattle out on it. Many farmers  have waterways or ten year ground which is a way of leaving the land fallow to keep the soil from eroding a way. God did make the land for us to farm he just wants us to do it responsibly.

The bible also talks about trees and how we should leave them alone and not cut them down. In Deuteronomy 20:19 it says: ‘When you are besieging a town and the war drags on, do not destroy the trees. Eat the fruit, but do not cut down the trees. They are not enemies that need to be attacked!’ I feel we could relate this verse to farming in that farmers are at war trying to get more farm land and they should not be cutting trees down to do it. I know some farmers who do it though, but i also know quite a few who are planting trees because they provide so much for our way of life and the cattle’s way of life.

Yes some farmers do things that hurt the environment, but I am here to talk about the ones that I know that are actually helping the environment in one way or another. God put us here to farm and as said in the bible god wants us to farm responsibly. WWJD He/She would say farm.

Check out this out http://www.redeemingthedirt.com/tag/biblical-farming/ This is ideal maybe what I would want for a blog some day to show farming isn’t evil.