What do David Suzuki and Pope Francis have in common? It turns out they both care deeply about the fate of the planet and have some strong words for those who will listen. Just the other day we heard renowned author, scientist and television host of The Nature of Things, Dr. David Suzuki, speak to a packed hall about the crises our destructive human behaviors are causing to the planet. And today we hear that the new Pope Francis is issuing a Papal Encyclical about the unprecedented destruction of “God’s Creation” if we don’t change our consumptive ways.
This is so relevant to Dean Evenson and me as we have been looking at ways we can considerably reduce our ‘carbon footprint’ and tread more lightly on the Earth. We want to look at the energy we use and make concerted efforts to reduce it by measurable results. We hope to engage others in taking a personal look at how much energy we use, where it comes from, and how we can switch to renewable energy in most of our areas of use.
Here are some relevant excerpts to give you an idea of the depth of the Pope’s commitment to get some traction on this very important issue:
“Humanity is called to take note of the need for changes in lifestyle and changes in methods of production and consumption to combat this warming, or at least the human causes that produce and accentuate it,” he wrote in the draft. “Numerous scientific studies indicate that the greater part of the global warming in recent decades is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases … given off above all because of human activity.”
The pope will also single out those obstructing solutions. In an apparent reference to climate-change deniers, the draft states: “The attitudes that stand in the way of a solution, even among believers, range from negation of the problem, to indifference, to convenient resignation or blind faith in technical solutions.”
Mother Earth, Mother Nature, God’s Creation, whatever you want to call it – there is no doubt that the health of the planet forms the foundation of our own health. So consider each of your actions, everything you consume or use, how it affects the overall eco system of the planet. It’s a lot to ask, but then again, nature gives so much, it’s the least we can do.
If you are interested or have experience in doing this, please let us know. I welcome your comments and ideas on the subject (and will send you a free music track to those who post comments). This will take more that a village to make the necessary changes to really make a difference. Stay tuned!
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