There shouldn't be any debate at all on the Catholic Church's stand on the enviroment. After all, God created the world and all living things and we in turn should be the guardians of the planet God gave us to use.
However, you would have to be in deep denial to say that our planet is in fine shape. Look at the serious problem of misusing or wasting these gifts. By overdeveloping once untouched places e.g. Amazon Rain Forest, animals suffer because they are losing their homes. People suffer, especially the poorest and in the end, humanity as a whole will suffer.
It just about galls me to see overdevelopment everywhere. In the state where my family live, you hear about black bears being a problem. They come too close to humans. Well, what do people expect since the wooded area that was once their home, has been destroyed and new condos, townhomes or large single family homes built there instead. This problem is seen world-wide now.
We need to do something about our planet. First and foremost we should be taking care of our own little enviroment. We should not be wasting our precious resources like water, energy, etc.
It is going too far to scare everyone like Mr. Gore and some scientists are doing by pounding into our brains GLOBAL WARMING, GLOBAL WARMING. Not wasting things is a big step in taking care of our environment and you don't need anyone to tell you otherwise and simplifying our lives.
For more information on this topic:
Our Sunday Visitor: Unusual weather warms interest for Catholics in global climate change
Simple things one can do to make a difference:
Make an impact
Simple ways that you can help the environment by changing one or two everyday behaviors:
- Walk or bike to the store instead of taking the car, or combine trips so that you use the car less frequently.
- Turn down the thermostat in the winter, and turn it up in the summer.
- Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs.
- Educate yourself about stewardship of the earth’s resources.
The following is from the Christophers: Taking Care of God's Good Earth:
What Can One Person Do?
1. Don’t over-consume. Repair. Reuse. Recycle.
2. Save energy. Replace burnt-out light bulbs with those most energy efficient.
3. Conserve water. Turn off the tap while brushing teeth or shaving; water the lawn after sunset.
4. Take public transportation, car pool, bike or walk to and from work.
5. Don’t litter anywhere: on a street or a beach, in a park or a theater.
6. Keep it down. Avoid noise pollution.
7. Vote: support public transportation, environmental issues, etc.
8. Encourage children to be good stewards through example and community cooperation.