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This is our home!

A View of Earth from Saturn

A View of Earth from Saturn (Photo credit: alpoma)

I was having a discussion with someone I know. He mad a statement about the environmental movement, and it is similar to one I heard a few years ago from a pastor. “Heaven is our real home, here we only need to worry about doing the Lord’s work to save souls.” Yet in in the Bible in the book of Genesis, man is placed in dominion over the earth. So mankind is responsible for the earth, so why are so many trying to make the place we live hell. Destroying the world around us, regardless of your religious beliefs is wrong. The earth sustains us, gives us food, medicine, and everything else we need for life.

There are people who profess to follow Christ, Allah, Buddha, or another teacher, yet in their daily life it is all about greed. I can have this and you can’t, or I want this and don’t care about the consequences. Endangered species around the world, that are protected by laws to try and save them from extinction. Yet there are poachers who stalk and kill these beings to satisfy the demand for products made from parts of these beings. It does not matter if it is the last snow leopard, it will make a perfect fur collar for a coat. Or a Rhino’s horn used to make an aphrodisiac, so someone can have their few minutes of  physical pleasure, which won’t bring lasting happiness.

Regardless of your religion or beliefs, this is our home, we should respect it as such. You don’t burn your house to the ground, because it is a bit shabby looking. Also unlike our houses, our planet does not have an insurance policy in case of disaster. There is no restore it so you won’t notice a difference clause. Unlike the movie The Hitchhiker’s Guide to The Universe, there is no race out there to rebuild it all just like before the destruction of the planet. Also we share this home with countless other beings, who have the same desire for happiness that we do. We can not keep killing off species the way we have. Some reputable scientists are already saying we may be at the tipping point or past it for biological diversity. Also the transferring of species from one part of the world to another, where there is no natural predator is wrecking havoc on environmental systems.

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