This bird house does not make me feel guilty for anything I’ve ever built… but it does make me more conscious of things that I do in the future. I hope the impact is the same for you.
Think sustainable, not profitable.
All the news about Nemo this weekend reminded me of an ice storm I was in nearly a decade ago. In January 2005, news reports warned people that power might be out for several days and to stock up on water and food. With the lights out for several days, Central Indiana experienced a baby boom 9-months later… (so get ready east coast)!
Anyway, on the first day of the 2005 ice storm, I was in the grocery store buying bread and peanut butter. The grocery store had back generators, so their power was still on. I cannot remember what kind of bread I bought, but I do remember it was not in my top three choices because most of the bread shelf was already empty.
In front of me in the checkout line was a mother with her daughter (age 10 or 11). The mother had a grocery cart filled with food and seemed annoyed with driving on bad roads. She seemed really stressed out about having the power to her apartment knocked out.
The daughter pulled on the mother’s arm nervously.
Mother: Stop it!
Daughter: But mom-
Mother: Not right now.
The mother was trying to focus on all the food the cashier was ringing up, and she gently pushed her daughter back. After a long parade of food items going across the conveyor belt, the last food item had been scanned… the mother paid the cashier.
Daughter: But mom!
Mother: WHAT!? What is it!?
Daughter: (sheepishly) … well, how are we going to cook all this frozen food if the power is out…
The mother stopped, looked at her cart filled with frozen pizzas, dinners, and other electricity dependent food. The mother stared at her grocery cart of food that she could not cook…
I don’t remember her saying anything. I know she was frustrated… but I think she was too angry to cuss.
2 Peter 3:10-13
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
EARTH DAY 2012 – OREGON
I believe Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I believe Jesus will return someday. When that day comes a lot of things will change… including the earth. However, I will not passively sit by while the planet is ruined by recklessness. If you believe climate change is crap, then at least consider pollution as a problem on this Earth Day 2012.
Politicians are notorious for trading jobs for votes… even when those jobs bring polluting factories.
Maybe something realistic you can do to help the environment is change how you get to work. A hybrid is not financially feasible for many people. But other changes in lifestyle can be made. Many people drive to work when they could bike or walk.
I encourage you to educate yourself about the challenges the planet is currently facing and things you can do to make a positive impact.