Yesterday was Christmas. I hope you all had a great day. I know several people watched football. Some people watched Christmas movies. Just about everyone had a good meal with family and friends.
Christians probably went to church and celebrated the birth of the man they call “savior”. Yet, I wonder if any of them considered the “sin” of mankind against our own planet. The pollution that is causing the climate of our planet to change more rapidly than at anytime we know of is our fault. And, yes people, if you really believe in your religion, you cannot look at as anything but a sin.
The year 2016 is now the warmest year in recorded history. And the record it breaks goes all the way back to 2015. The record that year broke went all the way back to 2014.
You get the idea. Yet, there is still way too much talk about climate change being a hoax. Even our president-elect claimed it is a hoax invented by the Chinese to hurt American businesses. His nominee for Secretary of State runs a company that is under investigation in several states for purposefully ignoring climate change and purposefully issuing misinformation to the public. It is call the second great Tobacco Scam.
The person Trump nominated to run the Department of Energy is non other than Mr. Oops, Rick Perry, who wants to eliminate the department. Mostly because he has no clue what the department actually does. His choice for the EPA hates the organization and wants to eliminate it too. He has sued it more times than anyone in the name of corporate profits.
Trump has announced he will give the go ahead to the Keystone XL Pipeline. He will probably give the go ahead to the Dakota pipeline that the Native Americans have been fighting for at least a year. He plans to open up national lands to drilling for oil and gas. He wants to remove any restrictions that hurts shale oil drilling. He said he will remove the carbon emission regulations so power plants can burn coal more easily.
We are seeing the effects of climate change already. The Arctic lost more ice this year than at any time in recorded history. Sea levels are rising faster and faster. We will see more health problems associated with pollution like asthma. Also, we don’t know what kinds of bacteria or diseases from the ancient past will be unleasheing as the permafrost melts. Will we be unleashing our next pandemic?
Somewhere in my distant memory I seem to recall sitting in religious classes hearing that we, mankind, are responsible to “take care of our planet for god.” The planet, it was taught, was a gift from god. If that is true, and we fail to take care of it and protect it, then aren’t we committing a sin against god?
How can you declare yourself to be a “god-fearing” individual and not fear the consequences of destroying “his” planet? If the planet is a “gift from god” isn’t it our responsibility to tell our lawmakers to pass legislation that will protect it? If we don’t doesn’t that make us guilty of “going against god’s will?”
The climate of our planet is changing. It is not changing for the better. It is changing faster because we, mankind, is making it change faster by our actions and our pollution. It is changing because we keep kicking the can down the road.
We are destroying our planet in the name of money. Period. The name of money is why we refuse to stand up and say enough. It is the reason lawmakers refuse to tell the fossil fuel companies to find alternative, clean energy to meet our needs.
We actually elected a man to be our next president who seems to have a phobia against wind turbines. He has fought using wind turbines to create electricity every where they “interfered” with his “view”. Our business leaders are so narrow-minded they refuse to see that their own energy costs would be decreased significantly by switching to renewable energy.
If you refuse to look at climate change objectively, at least you could look at it religiously if you are a Christian. 97 percent of all scientists say that climate change is real and that mankind if affecting that change. That means we are destroying the very gift that was supposed to be given to us by your god. That is a sin.
Currently, this is the only planet we have. We cannot yet go to another planet to escape what we have done to our own. However, even if we could escape, if we don’t start doing something to save our own planet, we will only destroy the next planet we go to as well. Is that going to be our “legacy”?
Sorry, but if you are unwilling to stand up and fight to save our planet, I cannot consider you a Christian. You are willing to let our planet be destroyed in the name of money. That is anything but Christian. Doesn’t your religion teach you that “money is the root of all evil”?
As we come to the end of 2016 and you start considering New Year’s resolutions, think about helping fight climate change. If you are religious and believe in heaven and hell, think about the sin of destroying our planet. If you won’t fight against it, you are guilty of helping to destroy it. If you can go to hell for lying, you can certainly go to hell for killing our planet.