Are we at war with nature?

Are we at war with nature?  E. O. Wilson thinks so.  In his newest book, The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth, he offers this intriguing definition of nature:  “Nature is that part of the original environment and its life forms that remains after the human impact.  Nature is all on planet Earth that has no need of us and can stand alone” (15).  I.e., nature is what has survived the global encroachment of the human race.  Is he right?
To support his premise, he cites the “stunning contrast” that exists in Brazil between the rainforests and the surrounding non-rainforest habitats that have been cleared and developed by humans.  In the western Brazilian state of Rondonia, for example, entomologists have recorded 1,600 kinds of butterflies in a few square kilometers.  In nearby pastures converted from rainforest by logging and burning, “there may be fifty species” that flutter across the “developed” land.  “The same disproportion is true for mammals, birds, frogs, spiders, ants beetles, fungi, and other organisms, including, with a vengeance, thousands of species of trees and countless life forms that dwell in the canopy” (24).
Is E. O. Wilson right?  Are we humans in the unchecked process of systematically eliminating ecosystems and life forms that can never be recovered on this planet again?  And if that’s true, what about the Christian community?  Are we nature’s great defenders or its unwitting detractors (even destroyers)?  How proactive are those who declare their faith in an intelligent Creator in preserving his creation?
Or to put in the vernacular of the conservation movement, how “green” are you and I?
But why should I be “green” when the earth is so near its end?  Wilson is befuddled with that reasoning:  “ . . . perplexing is the widespread conviction among Christians that the Second Coming is imminent, and that therefore the condition of this planet is of little consequence. . . . For those who believe this form of Christianity, the fate of ten million other life forms indeed does not matter” (6).
But does it matter to you and me?  In “Green Google,” our study today, we ponder the trumpet call of the Creator to defend his creation.  Of all people on earth, shouldn’t creationists who celebrate the Creator on his seventh-day Sabbath be leading the movement to save creation, irrespective of when Christ returns?
Or does “the fate of ten million other life forms” really not matter that much to us either? 

“Pastor, tell me I am wrong!” is Wilson’s plea (6).  Is he?

Comments

Pastor Dwight, Answering your question, Wilson is correct. Think about it! The garbage we create each day, that plastic water bottle we drink from, how did you dispose of it? We shop at the grocery store: paper, plastic, and metal waste! Do you realize the carbon footprint we leave behind from the products we buy: fuel that was consumed growing or producing it! Then to market. Our attitude today--so what! As Christians, we are stewarts of this world, and we should attempt to make some effort; and I should be first!

E. O. Wilson is irrational unreasonable anti-human and wrong. anyways, I wrote something related <a href="http://designinglifenhappenings.blogspot.com/2008/04/earth-day-save-planet-environmentalism.html" rel="nofollow"><b>Here Do check it</b></a>

No blog this week? Really looking forward to them every week.

Seems to me some people's version of nature is only that which is wild. The wild state is merely God's way of preserving this earth until man comes along and improves it. Not only are we part of nature we're commissioned in Genesis to "dress" it. So I don't want to be misinterpreted here. I believe in caring for God's creation. However, this idea that being a creationist means I should join the "green" movement is beyond all rational reasoning. Global warming, for instance, is not proven and certainly not proven to be man made. What is happening that many people don't seem to notice is this issue of global warming is being used to get nations to give up some of their sovereignty to higher authorities such as the U.N. in order to solve a perceived, perhaps even real, problems. But in my humble and probably unpopular opinion the bigger threat is one-world-government. With what we know about end-time events it makes jumping on the "green" bandwagon a little less reasonable. Perhaps a little "carbon credit" taxation without representation or even a little world-wide religious legislation will get our attention. But then, who really believes that could happen in today's world?

I’m amazed with the reactions presented to this call to think about Christian stewardship to this planet. How can people think that humankind is not changing significantly the global environment? Just fly over the globe with the Google Earth looking for places not modified by Homo sapiens. With over 6 billion people living on Earth we are the species who cause the greatest impact over the environment. Now think if all people in the world would have the same consuming way of life of North Americans. Yes, even believing in the near 2nd coming of Christ, Christians must think about how to provide for a more dignifying way of life to all people in the entire world and how to do so while preserving the environment globally. The answers are not easy!

Conservatives who are against Conservation: The biggest fallacy of contemporary "conservatism" is that man cannot negatively impact the environment and thus the idea that actions have no consequences..an idea that has been perpetuated by Satan himself i.e., you will not surely die. In other words, conservatives think that man cannot really pollute and polute enough to cause any harm to the environment. If this is the case, why have any pollution controls and let everyone do whatever they please? I do think that the natural disaster spoken of to be happening in the end times will not simply aribtrarily happen but will the result of human actions on the environment as God is not arbitrary and He wants man to realize that actions good or bad have good or bad consequences. God did call upon man to "take care of" His creation which also means that "not taking care of in the right way" can and does lead to environmental disasters. The notion that being pro-green is being anti-capitalism which will lead to one world government when there is no true indication of such only goes to show that conservatism is all about unrestricted and unregulated capitalism at the core rather than being conservative or responsible about anything, i.e., all about me and my rights etc. There are extreme views on any one side but then Christian and everyone are called to be the salt and light that will bring sanity and balance to any issue and not simply pander to any extreme views.

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