La Fortuna Waterfall, Costa Rica“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our own image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'”  Genesis 1.26

I was just looking at pictures of Brazilian rainforest, and where it had been affected by slash-and-burn cutting.  See it here.  I know that we can change lives by advocating for peace, by giving to the poor.  We’ve tried to cover some of what you can do on this blog.  But, we can also change lives by advocating for environmental change.  A New York Times article came out recently describing how the poorest nations in the world will bear the brunt of global warming (you need to be a member to see it…but it’s free).  Drought and climate change in Africa could be catastrophic, and as oceans rise the large, crowded deltas of the continent will be underwater.  Africa has accounted for 3% of global carbon dioxide emissions since 1900. 

Everything is connected.  Environmental problems translate to social concerns.  We believe that, as Christians, we must play a part in protecting the environment.  Genesis 1.26 tells us how God gave humankind authority over the environment.  With authority comes responsibility.

The first step?  Love. 

Fall back in love with nature.  You won’t care to protect it unless you do.  Take a walk outside.  Without any agenda.  Listen to the sound of the birds.  Watch a thunderstorm roll in.  Go to the zoo.  Point at every animal like a kindergartener.  Find the closest waterfall to your house and go there; journal or draw or just stare at it for an hour.  Buy a National Geographic.  Go on a picnic.  Whatever it takes, make it a discipline.  A discipline to fall in love with nature.

If we have authority, we must also have love…

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