Welcome to Our Mother’s Keeper
I’ve sat on this project for a couple of months just waiting for a good time to début. Earth Day seemed like a pretty good day, doncha think? With a little inspiration and a lot of help from Brad, I’ve been able to bring aboard some of the bloggernacle’s best voices regarding environmental issues.
So here’ s a little bit about who we are from the ‘About‘ page:
Our Mother’s Keeper (OMK) is a LDS group blog dedicated to environmentalism, ecofeminism and environmental justice issues. We seek to gain a better understanding of what our responsibility as Latter Day Saints is to the beautiful blue pebble we call home.
We’ll avoid politics as much as we can.
If that sounds a little heavy, don’t worry. OMK will be a relaxed atmosphere where we can talk about feminism and environmentalism; gardening, soil, local and community involvement, ecology, natural resource depletion, conservation, energy efficiency (I could go on and on and on but you get the point) and anything under the sun (really, there’s no pun intended) . [Edit: And poetry!]
We want to inform you about the Earth’s natural processes and hope you’ll walk away with a greater love and respect for the only place in our solar system we can survive.
Why? Because every human that lives on this planet comes from the earth. We know from the scriptures that God created Adam from the “dust of the ground” and breathed life into his nostrils (Gen 2:7). If we’re all related to Adam, then I think that means we all have a little bit of that dust in our bones.
If you’re not inclined to literal interpretations of the creation story, let me share this with you:
The planet recycles its carbon atoms over and over (and over) again. Recycling takes place within the biosphere and between all living things and the environment. Because a constant supply of carbon is essential for all living things and is always being recycled, it’s possible that you’re composed of carbon atoms that once belonged to prehistoric plants, an ancient relative of the California redwood or even a dinosaur.
Everything that has ever lived is a part of who we (and all living things) are now. We really are eternal.
Enough of the science lesson…
My point? The laws of ecology and thermodynamics apply to the human animal just as they apply to every living and non living thing on the planet. We can’t escape the natural laws; birth, life, growth, death, decay. Nor can we forget that everything has limits. Including the rocks and mineral and trees.
As Latter Day Saints, we believe our Heavenly Father gave us a beautiful home with everything we need to survive (and then some). He even said as much in the scriptures:
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so (Gen 1:29 &30)
Yea, all things which come of the earth, in the season thereof, are made for the benefit and the use of man, both to please the eye and to gladden the heart;
Yea, for food and for raiment, for taste and for smell, to strengthen the body and to enliven the soul.
And it pleaseth God that he hath given all these things unto man; for unto this end were they made to be used, with judgment, not to excess, neither by extortion (D&C 59:18-20)
In return, he asks of us to
1. Use his gift(s) with [good] judgement
2. Not be excessive or take more than we need
3. Not to take by extortion. That’s a mighty powerful word to use. He’s clearly asking us to not take by force.
In Gen. 1:28, He also commands us “to be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.”
LDS often interpret that as makin’ babies. I’m sure there’s some truth to that interpretation, but I’ve always believed it meant that we are responsible to replenish and not over use the resources he gave us.
He knew we’d be wholly reliant upon natural processes for our survival. Our soil, air, water, are precious resources and without them we do not eat, breath, or drink. If we continue to abuse the land (our gift), it will not and can not provide for us.
Where much is given, much is required. (see Luke 12:48.)
You might ask, how do we change what’s already been set in motion?
My response is always: It starts with how you view the Earth and your responsibility towards it. You will have to alter your habits. Then, teach it to your family. And later your neighbors.
I believe changing the world starts at the local level (this includes home) first and moves outward. As communities (even LDS blog communities) become reliant on each other for their success, and less reliant on products and services across the world for their success, we will have an opportunity to reverse some of the damage we’ve caused to our home.
I never said it would be easy.