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CVA Blog
Monday, October 22, 2007

Environmental Degradation

Welcome to the weekly CVA blog!  In it you will find famous quotes, news and commentaries. 

1. Waste Run-off Might Cause Amphibian Deformity

2. Famous quote Rev. Dr. Albert Schweitzer

3. Earth is on Ecological Red

4. Bible verse Colossians 4:5-6 

5. Al Gore’s Diet Targeted Over His Diet

6. Livestock Greenhouse Gases Contribution

 1. Waste Run-off Might Cause Amphibian Deformity:  The run-off from industrial agriculture might be the cause for terrible deformities seen in amphibians. The culprits seem to be fertilizer and animal waste that affect aquatic ecosystems. Scientists worry that these mutations might be spread quickly since other animals prey on amphibians.

To read the full article please visit Frog deformities blamed on farm and ranch run-off

The indiscriminate exploitation of God's animals and the environment is bringing misery to all Creation. We are called to be good stewards of the Earth, and we should support sustainable practices that cause the least damage on the environment and God's animals.

2. "Hear our prayer O Lord ... for animals that are overworked, underfed, and cruelly treated; for all wistful creatures in captivity that beat their wings against bars; for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to death.... And for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us true friends of the animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful."
~ Rev. Dr. Albert Schweitzer (1875 - 1965), Alsatian theologian, musician, philosopher, physician and Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1952
 

3. Earth is on Ecological Red:  This year, again, the world moved into 'ecological overdraft' 3 days earlier than the previous year. 'Ecological overdraft' means that human consumption exceeds the ability of the earth to sustain it and according to the New Economics Foundation (NEF), humanity began living beyond its environmental means in the 1980s. If everyone in the world had the same consumption rates as in the United States it would take 5.3 planet earths to support them (3.1 for France and Britain, 3.0 for Spain, 2.5 for Germany and 2.4 for Japan).

To read the full article please visit World moves into the ecological red

Modern animal agriculture is a highly inefficient process that wastes Earth’s resources. Transitioning to a plant-based diet could lessen the consequences that generations to come are going to suffer due to our poor stewardship of God's Creation. 

4. (RSV) Colossians 4:5-6 
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Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer every one."

Our witness to the love of Christ for all Creation is effective when communicating in a respectful, gracious and loving way. When we share with others how a plant-based diet honors God's Creation let's remember to do it in peace, love and harmony. 

5. Al Gore’s Diet Targeted Over His Diet:  Al Gore is being targeted by environmental and animal advocacy groups over his meat-based diet and its contribution to greenhouse gases. While Al Gore claims to be a die-hard environmentalist, his diet shows a different angle. He is scheduled to give a lecture on global warming in Denver this month, and protesters are planning to display billboards bearing a cartoon image of Gore eating a drumstick and the message: "Too chicken to go vegetarian? Meat is the No 1 cause of global warming". According to a recent UN Food and Agriculture Organization research, animal agriculture generates 18 per cent of the world's greenhouse gas emissions.

To read the full article please visit Activists take Al Gore to task on his diet

 6. Livestock Greenhouse Gases Contribution:  Abundant evidence points to the fact that anima agriculture is one of the top contributors to the world's most serious environmental problems, such as  water pollution, species loss, global warming gases, deforestation and use of natural resources indiscriminately.

According to the United Nations, livestock are responsible for 18% of greenhouse-gas emissions worldwide, which accounts for more than all the planes, trains and automobiles on the planet. However, little attention is given to this subject while politicians, environmental lobbyists and other green activist groups almost never discuss it. Most of the focus is given to carbon dioxide emissions while, but as the article's writer puts it "livestock emissions are no joke."

To read the full article please visit Killer cow emissions

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