Earth Day 2007

Today is Earth Day 2007 so I’m thinking about the environment, the earth, and our responsibility to be good stewards of it.

Conversation is heating up (pun intended) on the topic of global warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has been releasing reports on global climate change that have been stirring things up. Also, The Weather Channel has a site (as well as a TV program) dedicated to climate change, led by Dr. Heidi Cullen. They also have a blog.

I’m not overly interested in the debate, but I am becoming more and more interested in caring for the environment. for me it’s not as a political issue as much as it is a a stewardship issue.

So, regardless of where you are in the global warming / climate change debate, here are some resources that may help us be better stewards of God’s creation …

The United Methodist Women have posted some good advice on some things we can do to help care for the earth: Earth Day and the Environment.

In our home, we try to do our best, but there’s still room for improvement. We try to recycle as much as we can. We usually collect and drop off our recyclables at the drop off site in Pine Grove Mills on our way to State College.

Here are links to information on recycling in Huntingdon and Centre counties …

Huntingdon County Recycling Information

Centre County Recycling Locations

The importance of caring for the environment / creation was reinforced for me last week on our vacation at the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake Bay watershed covers a 6-state area (including where we live, barely). As I understand it, basically everything that goes into the ground (chemicals, wastes, etc.) within this watershed area eventually makes its way to the Chesapeake Bay. And clearly, damage is being done to the Chesapeake Bay.

So, what do you think? Do we have a responsibility to care for God’s creation? What can changes can you make to become part of the solution rather than part of the problem?

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