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The Lawnmower Clinic and Earth Day
Earth Day is April 22nd and began in 1970. When
Earth Day was
initiated it “achieved a rare political alignment, enlisting support
from Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, city slickers and farmers,
tycoons and labor leaders. By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had
led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency
and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species
Now, under the current administration, the EPA,
which was created to protect human health and the environment, is seriously
undermining most of its original intentions. There are questions if in 2018
we’re not worse off in some ways than we were in 1970. The U.S. is
scheduled to leave the Paris Climate Accord in 2020, abandoning our
participation to mitigate global warming. The water crisis in Flint,
Michigan calls into serious questions our commitment to clean water. Flint,
MI has had contaminated water since 2014 and although it was returned to “acceptable
levels” in early 2017, residents have been warned to only drink
bottled water until all lead piping can be replaced in 2020. And the
giraffe, has moved one step closer toward extinction according to the IUCN
Red List of Threatened Species (iucnredlist.org). The IUCN has 7 levels
ranging from “Least Concern” (1) to “Extinct” (7).
In 2016, the giraffe moved from “Least Concern” (1) to
An increased awareness of how humans negatively
affect the planet and animal species and the introduction of Earth Day in
1970, people began to make major changes in their behavior. We all look at
water, gas and electricity usage differently. We recognize and monitor the
wasting of natural, finite resources. We question the creation and usage of
chemicals, toxins, and GMO’s in foods and products: “I’m
putting what into my body?” Many of us choose to bike and walk more
and drive less for more than just the health benefits of our bodies –
it’s also because of the health benefits to the earth.
will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020. Hopefully, we can be the
voices that support progress towards more environmental
protections and stop any reversals that loom on the horizon. We already
contribute mightily through our Lawnmower
Clinic. Yes, the clinic is a fundraiser and a public service, but it
is also an environmental spearhead. The work we do on lawnmowers helps to
alleviate pollution and recycle used oil.
been trying to limit my usage of single-use plastics, particularly straws.
Straws are a one-use plastic item that contribute overwhelmingly to the
plastic waste in landfills and our oceans. Read about the “Great
Pacific Garbage Patch,” which is twice the size of Texas (Newsweek,
3/22/18). I’ve purchased several re-usable hard plastic and metal
straws which I keep at church, home and in my car. It's a small step.
humanity responsibility for caring for the earth and its inhabitants (Gen
1:26-28, Gen 2:15, Exod 35:33-34). How else do we
and can we individually and collectively contribute toward the protection
of our earth, humanity and all species as good Christian stewards?
What does that mean?
What does Jesus’ resurrection mean for you? A free ride
to heaven? A guilt free opportunity to eat ham? Proof of an
afterlife? To his closest friends it was evidence that he truly was divine
and that what he revealed to them in his days with them was in fact
God’s truth. His resurrection was proof that caring for
those in need, loving others, focusing on relationships rather than on
things, healing the sick, and not excluding anyone from God’s love
was the way, the truth and the life that we should all be living.
was also proof that one of the ways you do this, as he did, was to call out
and oppose the evil forces in the world that oppose the way and the truth and the life Jesus revealed. Of course,
doing that might not be good for your physical health. Jesus was
killed by the those in power. Rev. Bonhoeffer was killed by the Nazis. Rev.
MLK was killed by the racists. Bishop Oscar Romero was killed by U.S.
backed right wing militias, the list goes on.
Jesus in such a manner may not be good for your physical health, but is
good for your spiritual health, at least that is what the resurrection
shows us. Jesus refused to be bullied or to let others be bullied.
But the hardest part must have been loving the bullies. If we
are all somehow “saved,” by Jesus death then I think that
possibly the moment of salvation was when Jesus prayed, “Forgive
them, for they know not what they are doing.” In our ignorance,
not knowing what we are doing, we are all forgiven. Jesus resurrection was
proof of that too. If we have been saved by that forgiveness, we have not
been saved from anything; we have been saved to --- love one another.
you believe in the resurrection, then live a life of salvation, live the
life you have been saved to live.