Texas Fights Catastrophic Wildfires with Prayer & Denial of Global Warming

During this Easter season when we are wanting to be salt and light to the world spreading them message of Christ’s resurrection, it is good (and often sobering) for all of us to see how those outside the church view us.  I often struggle with Alternet because of its antiChristian bias but I also find that its articles challenge me to take my faith more seriously in practical ways.  This article from is well worth a read and maybe some soul searching too.

Texas governor Rick Perry set aside these last few days for a period of prayer for rain across his state. It’s easy to see why: Texas has seen scant precipitation since September, and the drought is now worse than at the height of the Dust Bowl in the 1930s. Here’s a spokesman for the state’s forest service describing the fires that have broken out around the state: “This is a situation of historic proportions. The fuels are so dry. The winds are astronomical. The behavior of the winds is a perplexing situation. It’s never been like this before.”

I’ve got no problem with prayer–in my life as a Methodist, I’ve served as Sunday School superintendent and lay leader, and I added my heartfelt supplication for Texas to my Easter prayers.

But I think maybe Mother Teresa put it best: “Prayer without action is no prayer at all. You have to work as if everything depended on you, and leave the rest to God.” And while Texas politicians have certainly worked, mostly it’s been to deny global warming and prevent the changes that might actually deal with their troubles.  Read the entire article

Melting Polar Ice More Concerning than Swine Flu

The total volume of sea ice in the Arctic is likely to have reached a record low last summer, despite previous reports that the area of ice recovered slightly from the previous year’s dramatic decline, leading experts have warned according to  recent article in the Guardian. Unfortunately this news which probably has far more dire consequences than the Swine flu outbreak has passed many of us by with hardly a blink of the eye.

And it is not only the Arctic ice caps that are melting.  Ice in the Himalayas and Tibet where about 40% of the world’s fresh water supply comes from is also melting at an alarming rate.  In some parts of the world – like the Middle East, we are already seeing wars fought over access to water.  What will happen if our reservoirs of water held in the ice disappear?

I know that there are still many people who believe that the global warming trend we see is due to normal temperature fluctuations rather than human impact – in spite of the fact that there is well documented evidence that shows soot from engines, forest fires and partly burned fuel is collecting in Arctic and causing north pole to warm at alarming rate.  read more 

Evidently Canada represents one of the fastest rates of growth in greenhouse gas emissions in the developed world. In 2007, emissions were 26 percent above the 1990 levels. Now Canada aims to end traditional coal power.  Read more

Why am I mentioning all this you may ask?  First because I think that we should be paying as much attention to this sweeping pandemic as we are to Swine flu.  After all it could have more dire consequences for our health and that of the entire planet than any virus could cause.  There are other reasons for my mentioning this now too – partly because I am very focused on God’s concern for creation at the moment with my seminars on Spirituality and Gardening and partly because The Flourish Conference is just around the corner – May 13 – 15th in Duluth GA.  

Flourish™, a national conference for pastors and church leaders, is an invitation to one of culture’s most exciting conversations: creation care. Our goal is to explore the biblical call to care for God’s creation through the teachings of today’s most insightful church leaders.

I am so pleased to see that evangelical Christians are starting to raise their voice in this important issue.  I believe in fact that it will only be when Christians grab hold of God’s command to steward the earth and make it flourish that we will see the kind of action needed to reverse these alarming trends.

Earth Hour Is Almost Here

News from the Earth Hour team

MOMENTUM CONTINUES TO BUILD: With just a few days to go, Earth Hour continues to gain support in cities, with government leaders and celebrities, in the media, and on social networking sites.

MORE ICONS ANNOUNCE THEY’LL GO DARK: The Pyramids in Egypt, the Acropolis in Athens, the Broadway Theater District, the Space Needle in Seattle, and the Chrysler Building in New York have come on board over the past few days.

TUNE IN TO LARRY KING LIVE: Actor and Earth Hour USA Ambassador Edward Norton will talk with Larry King about Earth Hour this Wednesday, March 25th at 9 pm ET on CNN. Don’t miss it!

YOKO ONO PLEDGES TO TURN OUT AND TWEETS FOR EARTH HOUR: “Dear Friends, Join EARTH HOUR and turn off your lights at 8.30pm local time for one hour this Sat 28th March. I will be thinking of all of you when I do it here in my apartment. Lots of love, yoko” Read more here.

READ ALL ABOUT IT: Earth Hour coverage breaks nationally this week, with articles in People Magazine and The New York Times.

RANDOM EARTH HOUR STAT: The official Earth Hour video is viewed online every 3.3 seconds…

TURNING OUT THE LIGHTS IS JUST THE BEGINNING: Let Congress know you care about the future of our planet and are looking to them to take action in support of climate legislation. Send a letter to your Member of Congress and Senators with a few mouse clicks at the Earth Hour website!

Swag… Limited edition t-shirts, hats and bags are still available for sale in both adult and child sizes. A portion of the proceeds benefits WWF’s global conservation work.

DOING SOMETHING COOL FOR EARTH HOUR? Tell us about it! Drop us an email atEarthHourPR@wwfus.org and let us know how you plan to celebrate the largest climate shout-out in history.

SPREAD THE WORD! Tell your friends, colleagues, and family members to sign up on the Earth Hour website so we can count their Vote for our Earth! Details for taking part in this historic call for global action on climate change can be found at www.EarthHourUS.org.

Global Warming Threatens NW forests

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Here is some extremely disturbing news from CNN.  Evidently trees in the Pacific NW forests are dying twice as fast as they were 17 years ago and it is thought that global warming is to blame.  Read more And forthose of us who love the beautiful big trees of the NW forests that is disturbing news indeed.

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Would this work in your city?

Water Anyone?

Just an interesting little fact from New American Dream

Americans consumed more than 31 billion liters of bottled water in 2006 – nearly 28 gallons for every man, woman, and child. Manufacturing all those bottles required 900,000 tons of plastic and emitted as much greenhouse gas as 500,000 cars! Trucking a bottle of water 500 miles can double its climate impact – and some are shipped much, much farther.

You might like to check out their Pledge today to Break the Bottled Water Habit.

There is also a very interesting article from the New York Times 2 years ago entitled Bad to the Last Drop. Not only did we consume huge quantities of bottled water we spent $9.8 billion on it. Imagine what that money could do for the work of God’s kingdom!