“We’re the ones that are going to start contaminating the water.”

Dakota_Access_Pipeline_-Elder_Addressing_Crowd-Thousands of protesters joined the Standing Rock Sioux to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline.  They were trying to stop an oil pipeline because it crossed sacred lands and for fear that it would pollute the Missouri River.  The protests led President Obama to stop the pipeline, but President Trump has approved it.

Now the protesters are gone.  But the environmentalists, so insistent on preserving a pristine natural environment, have left behind some 48 million tons of garbage.  They also abandoned some of their pets.

But the biggest urgency is that the amount of human waste and toxic material left behind threatens to pollute the Missouri River! [Read more…]

New Zealand’s animal kill-off

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Pope connects gender ideology to economic exploitation

Pope Francis connected the new gender ideology, according to which children can choose their own gender, to economic exploitation, colonialism, and the destruction of the environment.  What they have in common is the rejection of Creation, both of nature and of human beings made in God’s image. [Read more…]

“Pleasant to the sight”

In our Bible class, we were studying stewardship.  I know, not the most exciting of topics, but this one was really interesting, beginning with the Creation and making the point that God is the true owner of all things, which, He, however, gives to us to manage.  We looked at Genesis 2:9 and were asked what were the two purposes that God had for the trees in Eden:

And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.  (Genesis 2:9)

“Good for food” I knew.  But I had never noticed the other quality:  The trees were to be “pleasant to the sight.”  That is to say, God made the trees to be beautiful.  Thus beauty and aesthetic considerations are part of God’s design in His creation. [Read more…]

Has climate change killed the aliens?

In this vast universe, say many scientists, surely intelligent life has evolved elsewhere.  So where is it?  A new theory is being put forward:  the aliens are all dead.  This is because, in the course of evolution, when intelligent life advances to the industrial level, it inevitably causes climate change that causes its species to become extinct. [Read more…]

The “right of the environment”

We are mostly familiar with the concept of human rights.  In his address to the United Nations, Pope Francis affirmed that and arguably took it a little further, referring to “the right to existence of human nature itself,” which includes not only the right to life but also the right to “lodging, labor, and land.”  But he went on to assert  not just the rights of human beings but “the right of the environment.”

Can non-humans, such as animals have rights?  Can inanimate objects have rights?  In what sense can the environment have a right? [Read more…]