Published: Sunday, April 21 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Caring for the earth is a tall order, far beyond the reach of mankind, though we
shouldn't stop trying, pretending to make a difference in the outcome.
Years ago, in the Olympic peninsula, man removed the elk from the area because
they were eating the fern. The fern flourished, but the forest began dying
because the taller fern were shading the younger tree saplings, causing the
trees to die from lack of sunlight. As soon as man restored the elk, the forest
started to flourish again.Man can't even accurately predict the
weather. How is he suppose to manage the climate?
Thank you for an excellent opinion piece.
"Ultimately, human beings are stewards, not owners, of the earth. They may
hold claim to a portion of it for a time, but death inevitably severs that
claim. To care for the earth is to demonstrate a love and commitment to
generations yet unborn."It would be lovely if the church that
owns this newspaper would actually put these ideas forth so the flock would
finally give some thought about them. Haven't heard a logically or
doctrinally consistent argument yet that justifies destruction of the Creation
for material gain. Pope Francis appears to have quite the environmental ethic
and isn't afraid to say it, so at least the largest denomination of
Christianity is hearing it.
Thank you for your thoughtful editorial. Stewardship is a shared responsibility.
Someone asked why I was recycling trash, my reply was that I was doing it for my
grandchildren. I recently saw a bumper sticker that said Ecology Now. The car
was pouring out blue smoke and the message was clear, "ecology" is
important as long as I don't have to pay for new rings for my car.
Let's keep in mind that through all of earths history it has been changing
temperature without man's help. 11,000 years ago we were in an ice age. At
the time of the dinasaurs, the earth was warm enough that Anticarticia was
tropical, proving that the earth is resilient enough to withstand a wide variety
of temperatures.Also who is to say that the temperature we are
experiencing now is the optimal temperature? Given that plants thrive on carbon
dioxide, the carbon dioxide we have put into the air is allowing us to grow more
crops than we could otherwise.
"Important progress has been made."Greenhouse gas emissions
are on the decline nationwide, having fallen 7 percent since 2005."And a great deal of that reduction only exists because the economy tanked,
combined with stricter clean air regulations imposed by the post-Bush EPA in
spite of the "economy before environment" argument you’re pushing
with this very article - the same attitude that led the United States to
withdraw from the Kyoto Protocol because we didn't want to make an economic
sacrifice for the sake of avoiding climate change. You can't take any of
the credit here.Your argument hasn't contributed anything to
improving the environment so far, and has only kept Utah in the environmental
"Air pollution is decreasing. Some estimates say the number of deaths
attributed to fine particulates is on track to drop from 68,000 in 2005 to
36,000 in 2016."Unless you live in, say, Salt Lake, Davis, Utah,
Weber, Box Elder or Cache County, where we literally refused to make any effort
to improve our air quality until our consistent violation of clean air standards
forced or hand (with the public health impacts being utterly ignored, their
impact on the economy being largely ignored even in this piece) and even then,
we needed to file for an extension, and there is still substantial backlash and
dragging of feet.
Photosynthesis! We learned about it in the 4th grade, remember? Plants adsorb
CO2 out of the atmosphere and in the presence of sunlight synthesize a molecule
of 6 carbon sugars and release back into the atmosphere a molecule of O2.
Imagine that, the planet cleans itself! God probably set it up that way,
don't you think?
Very balanced article! Makes you wonder when some conservatives
sacrificed the imperative of conservation and being good stewards of our home on
the altar of all things being as cheap as possible.It’s like
consuming nothing but Twinkies and Kool-Aid because it is the cheapest
“food” and creates the most (processed) food jobs. And
pay attention Utah – one of your elected representatives wants to turn
over a big chunk of your beautiful State to the Twinkie factory.
Yes, MM, we learn of photosynthesis in 4th grade, but then in high school and
college we learn about the extremely complex webs of life that bind everything
in nature -- including us -- together in an inextricable web.Too bad
some folks missed out on that vital part of education.
One thing is certain the climate is changing, and it is changing because of the
levels of Co2 in the atmosphere 350 ppm is the maximum level with subjecting the
planet to ongoing damage. Unfortunately we are at 390 something and climing.
Fossil fuel are the largest of the root causes. It is disingenious to say
electric and alternative fuels vehicles still pollute as the power generation
process by it's nature pollutes. Gas fired generation pollutes less than
coal, solar and wind don't pollute at all. Do not be fooled into
beleiving that these decisions should all be made with the corporate bottom line
as the determining factor in the decision making process. We can turn this
around but it will require weaning ourselves from fossil fuels, and the fossil
fuel industry is spending billions telling us it's all good no worries
we've cleaned up the gulf and everythings better. and on and on.Sadly
it is much easier to be fooled than to admit we have been fooled.
Mountainman,Sure. Rivers are self-cleaning. Oceans are
self-cleaning. Yes, the planet has the ability to right itself - but all to a
degree.I recall when rivers burned and oceans were becoming waste
areas. With those too we had once thought that we could not possibly fill them
up with enough pollutants to make a difference. We were wrong.Now
the same arguments are trotted out for the atmosphere. It's too big. We
can't possibly affect it. It will cleanse itself.What we have
proven over the millennia is that we can change our surroundings (for good or
bad).Think about this. Using 60 year old technology, we can wipe
cities away and change the face of the earth. In the 1970s just two nations
could wipe out human life several times over and make the entire planet
uninhabitable in just a few hours.Then surely, the entire world with
all of its industry can have some effect.
RandOgden, UT"It would be lovely if the church that owns
this newspaper would actually put these ideas forth so the flock would finally
give some thought about them."Then it must be lovely! I have
been going to that church for decades and the concept of stewardship of the
earth, our children, etc. is exactly what is taught. I am sure you see that life
is lovely.Scam artists love to prey on the trusting Mormons. We have
to be very vigilant, and walk a difficult line between allowing ourselves to be
scammed and retaining our belief in our fellow man. We do many things to help
the earth be all God meant it to be. We shouldn't let those who come to rob
us take all we have, promising they will fix the climate if we just hand
everything over to them. That would be helping with the scam. We are better
stewards than those global warming scammers.
@ Old man. Then in high school you may have also learned that since plants are
the basis of the food chain and that all animals, insects and birds ultimately
depend on plants and photosynthesis for food, if not for CO2, there would be no
life on earth! Furthermore maybe you learned that when there is a higher
concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere the rate of photosynthesis increases
commensurately? Isn't intelligent design remarkable?
Brigham Young said, "At a time when "free as air"
signified that a thing was of negligible worth, Brigham Young was insisting that
the greatest physical asset the Saints possessed and one they should treasure
most highly was pure air. "What constitutes health, wealth, joy, and peace?
In the first place, good pure air is the greatest sustainer of animal
life."4 "The Lord blesses the land, the air and the water where the
Saints are permitted to live."5 "We have the sweet mountain air, and a
healthy country. . . . What kind of air did you breathe, who lived in eleven,
twelve, and fourteen story houses in your native country?"6 "Speaking of
the elements and the creation of God, in their nature they are as pure as the
heavens."7 But since the earth is a place of testing, "every faculty
bestowed upon man is subject to contamination—subject to be diverted from
the purpose the Creator designed it to fill"
It would be nice for the church to clarify some thing but Brigham Young was
quite adamant about our responsibilities to the Earth.?It behooves
us as fortunate visitors in the King's palace to behave circumspectly, to
look and admire, damage nothing, take nothing with us, and leave everything as
nearly as possible as we found it. Restraint is the watchword in dealing with
God's earth: The products of the earth are "to please the eye [that
always comes first!] and to gladden the heart; yea, for food and for raiment,
for taste and for smell . . . to be used with judgment, not to excess, neither
by extortion" (D&C 59:18—20). We may neither waste nor exploit
what we find around us"
"We may neither waste nor exploit what we find around us"Oil. Don't waste it. The best internal combustion engines are only
attaining 25% peak efficiencies. The car they are in are only %5 efficient use
of energy after that.So you can call it being "scammed" by
the evil environmentalists but you have your own religion to live up to that has
much higher standards than environmentalists.
Certainly there have been and continue to be good fruits of the environmental
movement. But that said, there also have been and are many bad fruits of
environmentalism, to the degree to which it has been and remains radicalized by
certain persons and groups. To a significant many, it has taken on
tones of a sanctity that, if any word is spoken against it, such contrarian
views are treated as secular heresies, and supposedly
"anti-scientific".To a great extent, environmentalism has an
anti-human dogma. Man and mankind are generally spoken of as being a blot and a
plague upon the face of this planet. Central to the doctrine of environmentalism
is the concept that fewer humans than there now are upon the planet is better.
The UnaBomber imbibed this aspect of environmentalism hook, line and sinker. Such societally allowed practices such as abortion has helped to destroy
in the United States alone an estimated 54-1/2 million unborn children since Roe
v Wade. This statistic speaks to the "saints" (the innocent unborn
babies) that our nation has destroyed. This number substantiates our
nation's war against innocent human beings.
It saddens me when so-called good Latter-Day Saints listen and believe the words
of AM radio college drop-outs about us "enviromental whack-os", over the very Prophets and Apostles have been telling us for nearly 200
years.I'm glad I attend a new Mormon church, which is 100%
"enviromental whack-o" green.
Re: "It saddens me when so-called good Latter-Day Saints listen and believe
the words of AM radio college drop-outs about us "enviromental whack-os"
. . . ."No doubt.That doesn't mean every word
of what you hear on the Rush, Glenn or Sean programs isn't true. It just
saddens tree huggers to hear it.
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