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CVA Blog
Monday, 10 September 2007

The Consequences of Our Actions

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

1. Glenn Beck on Al Gore Avoiding an Inconvenient Truth

2. Famous quote Madeleine L'Engle (1928 – present), American novelist

3. Tuna Stock Rapidly Declining

4. Bible verse – Isaiah 48:17 

5. Food, Faith, Animals and Environment 

1. Glenn Beck on Al Gore Avoiding an Inconvenient Truth:  Glenn Beck, well-known conservative talk-radio and television host, offers information about the link between global warming and animal agriculture. He talks about Al Gore and his refusal to acknowledge this link and why he agrees with PETA on this issue.

To watch the 8 minute video segment please double click on the play button in center of video screen below.
(Or visit Al Gore ignores eating meat global warming.)

2. "We have to be braver than we think we can be, because God is constantly calling us to be more than we are."
 ~ Madeleine L'Engle
(1928 – present), American novelist 

3. Tuna Stock Rapidly Declining:  Tuna fishermen in the Indian Ocean have experienced this year their lowest tuna catch in the last 11 years. This significant reduction of 36% may be due to overfishing or even global warming, experts say. They are hoping to find out more in a year or two after more data is gathered.

To read the full article please visit Indian Ocean sees smallest tuna catch in 11 years 

As long as overfishing continues, many aquatic species are pushed to alarming low numbers, even to extinction. A plant-based diet not only helps reduce animal exploitation, but also helps us restore the environment and take care of our bodies.  

4. (RSV) Isaiah 48:17 
Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: "I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go.” 

God's way is one of love, compassion and mercy. We are called to be obedient and reflect God's image of love onto all Creation. 

5. Food, Faith, Animals and Environment:  Religious communities, especially Christians, Jews and Muslims, are getting organized to take a stand on agricultural practices, given that these religions faith and food are closely linked. For example, the Religious Working Group on the Farm Bill, a national coalition of more than a dozen religious organizations, is lobbying Congress for legislation to help small farms. the National Catholic Rural Life Conference is helping congregations and universities in the Midwest buy local produce from family farmers and environment-minded Jews are asking the leaders of Conservative Judaism to rewrite their kosher certification rules to incorporate ethical concerns about workers, animals and the land.

To read the full article please visit Of church and stake: farming for the soul  

Taking care of our health, the environment and animals is being obedient to God and it’s encouraging to see religious leaders and followers taking a stand for God’s Creation. While alleviating animal suffering through less abusive farming is a step toward a harmonious and peaceful world, neither will be attained unless we stop exploiting animals and the environment for our benefit.

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