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Monday, March 5, 2007

Environmental Concerns

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog! In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries.

1. World’s churches concerned about the environment
2. Famous quote – The XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet (1935 - present)
3. Mexican dairy farming threatens Mexico's rare desert oasis
4. Bible verse – Matthew 22:37-39
5. Three species of shark endangered
6. Great Britain might consider food rationing

1. World’s churches concerned about the environment: Religions everywhere has something in common: the belief that humanity is steward of God’s Creation, and therefore we have a responsibility to take care of it. A top importance issue is global warming and in the US already 85 Christian leaders have kicked off this month a campaign to mobilize religious conservatives to combat global warming.

The US is responsible for one quarter of the world's emissions of carbon dioxide and uses one quarter of the world's crude oil. Martin Robra, climate change spokesman for the World Council of Churches, said the debate "must now shift from denial and delays to responsibility and remedies well within humanity's grasp."

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With factory farming responsible for about 17% of the global warming gases emission, we would like to see church leaders advocating the transition to a plant-based diet and its benefits for our health, the environment and God’s animals.

2. “In order to satisfy one human stomach, so many lives are taken away. We must promote vegetarianism. It is extremely important.”
~ The XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet (1935 - present), quote from Live in a Better Way, 2001.

3. Mexican dairy farming threatens Mexico's rare desert oasis: Farmers are tapping underground water supplies to grow green alfalfa leaves to feed dairy cows in Cuatro Cienegas pools, which could dry the water within a decade. This area is considered very valuable to NASA researchers because sicne the 170 cactus-ringed pools at Cuatro Cienegas contain fish, snails, turtles, bacteria and unique living rock structures that offer a glimpse of the life forms that flourished on earth 200 million years ago.

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The negative effects of modern agriculture can be so detrimental that they could wipe out from Earth invaluable flora and fauna. Humanity usually doesn’t think that the damage is irreparable, but sometimes it can be.

4. Matthew 22:37-39 “Love the Lord you God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Loving God with all our heart, soul and mind is reflecting God’s love for us onto all Creation. Our neighbors I believe are all creatures who share the Earth with us.

5. Three species of shark endangered: Scientists have added three species of deep sea sharks to the endangered list of animals. Some sharks are caught for the high value of their fins for human consumption or taken unintentionally in high seas during swordfish and tuna fishing. Sarah Fowler of the World Conservation Union's (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group said, "This week, leading shark scientists from around the world highlighted the vulnerability of these species to overfishing and concluded that several species are now threatened with extinction on a global scale."

Although overfishing is one of the most destructive human activities, it largely goes underestimated by most people. At the rate aquatic animals are caught and killed for human consumption, many more of God’s animals will forever disappear from rivers and oceans, while others will continue to be pushed to the verge of extinction. How sad it is that we are destroying God’s Creation!

6. Great Britain might consider food rationing: The environment minister of Great Britain, Ben Bradshaw, has warned that Britain may need to go back to Second World War-style rationing if climate change runs out of control given that food production has done as much damage as private transport and housing.

A new government website: states clearly that eating beef, lamb, chicken and dairy products contributes to global warming because of the energy and land needed to rear animals and also says that sheep and cows emit harmful methane gas.

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