What is it like to be a Steward of the Earth?
"And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." (Genesis 1:28). This biblical quote is God telling man to take care of all the oceans, everything in the air, and everything on the ground. God wants us to all be stewards of the earth, and to take care of everything and everyone. To be a steward of the Earth is to manage or care for the Earth. Being a Steward of the Earth can shape a person's identity because if we care for the planet as we care for ourselves, the Earth will be a better, cleaner place to live. Looking through different lenses, such as animals and people, it will hopefully show that everyone should try a little harder to be a steward of the Earth.
Lens #1: Animals
Lets take for example, the ocean. Many people go fishing, or just for a boat ride, and if they're out for a long time, they will obviously need a drink or two. On their way out the door, they grab a six-pack of soda, and head out. While they are on the boat, they take out the sodas, and are left with just the six-pack ring. When they speed up, the ring flies away, but they don't think it matters. What they don't know is that ring might end up on a young turtle, and as that turtle grows older, the shell would have to to grow around the ring, and it would end up like this. Without realizing this possibility, they don't seem care, but maybe they should.
That is just one example of how people not caring as much as they should about the earth affects the wildlife. "Just as the term 'karma' can be said to mean that you get out of life what you put in, we believe that if you conscientiously work to build a healthy regenerative world, you and everyone else will see a better world"(Silvertsen & Silvertsen 65). Lisa and Josh Silvertsen are saying that, in nature, as in life, you get out what you put in, so if everyone puts in more, then everyone will get more out, and live a better, healthier, greener life. If you are looking to "put in more", you won't only help animals, you will also end up helping yourself, and others.
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Lens #2: People
While most people think that being green is all about saving the animals, and planting trees, being green can help out everyone. "Ever since the first Earth Day, about twenty years ago in April 1970, a lot of people talked about cleaning up the environment. But very few people have done much about it." (Sombke vii). Many people will read in the news about how an oil spill, or an earthquake, and they will take a moment to pray, or think about the affected people, but nobody does anything to help. Everything that we do on this Earth has an impact. Some of these have a positive impact, and some have a negative impact.
Some people may not think that they can make a difference, because they are just one person, but those people are wrong. Any and everything that you do, no matter how small affects the environment. Just by turning off the water when you brush your teeth in the morning and at night can save up to 8 gallons of water, which adds up to about 200 gallons a month, which is enough water to hold 6 small sharks in a fish tank. (Turn of the Tap!). If each person can save 200 gallons of water a month, that's 2400 gallons of water a year. This will not only save you money, it will help the environment as well. If we don't waste so much water, we wouldn't have to go through all the trouble of filtering so much water, in factories that also pollute the air. Just by turning off your water when you are brushing your teeth, you can make a huge change. Imagine if your family, friends, and community all did this. Think of all the water, and money we would save, and it's a win-win situation.
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If you still aren't convinced to live a greener, more Eco-friendly life, just think about all the amazing things that the Earth gave us, such as fresh air- which we are polluting, clean water-which we are spilling oil in and not cleaning up, and breathtaking views- which we are destroying to make shopping malls and housing developments. If we keep destroying everything, we won't have anything left but pictures, and is that really how we want our future generations to live? Do we really want to leave our great grandchildren wondering what life could have been like 100 years ago? Most of all, do we really want to be known as the generation who destroyed the planet, who caused irreversible damage, and even knowing that this was a possibility, selfishly decided not to try and fix it because it wasn't going to affect us?