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CVA Blog
Monday, November 12, 2007

God’s Creation in Our Hands

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

1. Pig Manure into Energy

2. Famous quote Henry David Thoreau (1817 –1862), American author, naturalist, and philosopher

3. Global Warming Affects Biodiversity

4. Bible verse – Psalm 40:8  

5. Chicken Farms Polluting the Environment

1. Pig Manure into Energy:  Converting animal waste, in this case pig manure, into energy seems to have brought benefits to Ong-Arj Suwunnatee, a Thai pig farmer. He built a biogas plant that captures the methane gas from pig manure and converts it into electricity, saving him money and reducing the strong smell of accumulated animal waste, which pleases his neighbors. The Ministry of Energy has set a target of building 1,540, 100 MW bio-gas plants by 2011.

To read the full article please visit Pig manure sweet money for Thai farmer

Reducing animal waste by turning it into energy helps restore the environment; however, it does not alleviate the suffering and pain to which farmed animals are subjected. The right way to reduce animal waste is to produce less of it by raising fewer animals. Adopting a plant-based diet not only reduces the number of animals raised for food but also helps restore God's Creation and our health.

2. Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.
 ~ Henry David Thoreau (1817 –1862), American author, naturalist, and philosopher

3. Global Warming Affects Biodiversity:  According to researchers at the University of York, rising temperatures could wipe out more than half of the earth's species in the next few centuries. The study analyzed fossil records and temperature changes over 500 million years, and found that when more than 50 percent of species disappeared at different times in history, the extinction occurred during periods of high temperatures. The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts that average global temperatures are likely to rise between 1.8 and 4 degrees Celsius (3.2 and 7.2 Fahrenheit) by the end of the century, in part as a result of greenhouse gases emissions. 

To read the full article please visit Global warming could wipe out most species - study   

Animal agriculture contributes to approx. 18% of global warming emissions, which accounts for  more green house gases than all vehicles produce. The transition to a plant-base diet can help reduce the emission of global warming gases and hopefully help decrease the rate of rising temperatures.

4. (RSV) Psalm 40:8  
"I delight to do thy will,
O my God; thy law is within my heart."

When our desires focus on God, we find joy in being obedient to God, while living in the midst of a fallen world.

5. Chicken Farms Polluting the Environment:  About 10% of the pollution running from the state of Maryland into the Chesapeake Bay is a consequence of the 1 billion of pounds of waste produced by chicken farms. Although Maryland requires that large farms have management plans for minimizing the amount of waste spread as fertilizer on land, it has no requirements for how poultry facilities should limit runoff; and therefore, farmers who raise chickens or use poultry litter as fertilizer receive minimal or no oversight from the state.

To read the full article please visit An environmental game of chicken

Polluting God's Creation by exploiting animals and resources indiscriminately does not honor God; in fact, it only shows disobedience to God and brings misery to us and the rest of Creation.

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