For the record, I'm really tired of hearing about carbon footprints. I find it interesting how those who are drawing attention to environmental concerns, live in some of the largest houses, drive some of the biggest cars and fly in private jets. So lets all call it like it is shall we.
It is Chick-fil-a's fault.
Not really but come on, cow's farts do so much more damage to the environment. All this talk of "Eat Mor Chikin!" and the cute billboards is only doing more damage to the environment by allowing more cows to live! We need to eat more double and triple cheeseburgers!
Seriously though, h/t to Thomas Robey at Hope for Pandora for his recent post onCarbon Footprint: Cow Farts. He understands this much better than I do and offers a better argument for how our eating habits impact the environment.
I don't think anyone is the bad guy in the struggle over environmental concerns. It is a combination of too many factors and habits developed over many years. To be fair, it is also the results of an amazing planet, which has been changing, developing and (dare I say it) evolving over millions of years.
For our part, there is an obvious dependence on convenience and personal preferences with a disregard for the impact. Any part the human creature has played in the process has more to do ultimately with our fallen nature, a desire to have things our own way. For centuries, the Church called it sin. It still does. The Church also has declared there to be an answer, choosing to follow Jesus Christ.
There is also a choice we can make regarding the environment. We can choose to care and act. My children are more concerned and educated about the environment than I was at their age. I think that is a great thing. But it is more, when we go hiking, they are the ones who spot the trash in the streams. They are the ones who founded "The Green Club" in our home (though mom and dad tend to be the reminders).
The choice to care and act does not carry with it the promises that faith in Jesus Christ does. However, it does give us hope. And if there is hope, I believe there is a chance to make a difference. As a Scout leader, I try to teach the importance of "Leave No Trace." All of us are going to leave some trace, even cows and chickens. I'd rather my trace be in the hearts and lives of others.
How about you?
May I Ask: How are you trying to "care and act?"
May I Suggest: Visit my pal SemperFidelis' lens at Squidoo. She has a lot of great tips on recycling. Pick one thing and make it habit for a month. By then it maybe a habit for good. Tell me here which one you picked!